SANDFORD ST MARTIN 2021 AWARDS SHORTLISTS

It seems a bit simplistic to observe that, as years go, 2020 was a turbulent one.  Looking back, what will we remember? The global pandemic, of course. Social unrest and protest as millions of people took to the street under banners demanding the right to be heard, seen and to breathe. Growing concerns about climate change as wildfires swept through California and Australia.  Brexit.  Megxit. And then there was “that” election.

It’s been an anxious and demanding time and no one working in the media or broadcasting has been immune to the impact.  Many of those subjects feature in this year’s Awards shortlists, but, reviewing what’s there, I’ve been particularly struck (and relieved) by how so many entrants found a way to counter the weight of the times we’re living in, with stories that also concern love, forgiveness, resilience, determination and solidarity.

If we’re living through a period of change, challenge and uncertainty, this year’s shortlists prove that even while working under unprecedented, difficult circumstances, broadcasters, content-makers and creatives can rise to the occasion to inform, educate and entertain. More so than ever, it’s been an honour and a privilege to have been sent their work for consideration in this year’s competition.  Particular congratulations to those who are finalists for Awards this year.  But most sincere congratulations to all who entered – you have all been an inspiration.

Anna McNamee, Executive Director

15 March 2021


Please note: Winners of this year’s special Content and Community categories of the 2021 Trustees’ Awards will be announced in May.

Shortlists are only being published in the Trust’s annual categories – TV/Video, Radio/Audio, Journalism and Children’s Broadcasting.  


To meet this year’s judging panels, click HERE.

TV/Video

BELSEN: OUR STORY

Atlantic Productions for BBC Two


EXPOSED THE CHURCH’S DARKEST SECRETS

Top Hat Productions for BBC Two


IN THE FACE OF TERROR – EP 3

Expectation TV for BBC Two


PRUE LEITH: JOURNEY WITH MY DAUGHTER

Bright Button Productions / Pulse Films for Channel 4


THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN

Wall To Wall for BBC Two


WITNESS – ASHES TO ASHES

Rees Films for Al Jazeera English


Radio/Audio

THE ARCHIVE HOUR: THE SCIENCE OF EVIL

Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4


DOCUMENTARY ON ONE: THE DEADLY SARIS

Documentary On One for RTÉ Radio


FAITH IN MUSIC

Must Try Softer Productions for BBC Radio 4


JONESTOWN: FROM SOCIALISM TO SLAUGHTER

CTVC for BBC World Service


THE PADDLE OUT

Falling Tree Productions for BBC World Service “Heart and Soul”


THE PUNCH

Just Radio Ltd for BBC Radio 4


Journalism

CROSSING CONTINENTS, INDONESIA: NOT COOL TO DATE

BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4


HEART AND SOUL: TESTIFYING AGAINST A NEO-NAZI

BBC Audio for BBC World Service


HIDDEN CHILDREN OF THE CHURCH

BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC Radio 4


SUNDAY: CARDINAL PELL

BBC Religion and Ethics, Audio North for BBC Radio 4


THE SETTLERS’ BILLIONAIRE BACKER

BBC News Arabic Documentaries for BBC World Service, BBC News, BBC News Arabic, BBC iPlayer


WITNESS: BUDDHA IN AFRICA

A Momento Film and Thinking String Media for Al Jazeera English


Children’s Broadcasting

BBC BITESIZE: 5 KEY FACTS, ME & MY COMMUNITY

CTVC for BBC Bitesize


BBC TEACH: POP CULTURE BIBLE STORIES

CTVC for BBC Teach


MY BEST FRIEND MARRIED A WARRIOR

Drummer TV for BBC iPlayer


NATIVITY 2020

BBC Good Morning Sunday for BBC Sounds


SOL

Paper Owl Films for TG4, SG4 and BBC Alba


YOUNG, BLACK & BRITISH – HEAR US. A Newsround Special (Parts 1 and 2)

BBC Children’s In-House Productions for CBBC