BBC wins top two at Religious Awards

Schama’s The Story of the Jews has won the top two accolades at the Religious Broadcast Awards.

The five-part series won both the Sandford St Martin Television Award and the Radio Times Readers Award. The series, presented by Simon Schama and produced by Oxford Film and Television for BBC Two, took a personal look at 3,000 years of Jewish history.

The Radio Award was won by I Have a Dream, produced by BBC Scotland Features for BBC Radio 4. The programme brought together well-known personalities to read portions of the famous speech delivered by Martin Luther King in 1963. Readers included the late Maya Angelou, American author and Civil Rights activist; Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered British teenager Stephen Lawrence; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and American musician, Stevie Wonder.

Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg received the Personal Award. Roger Bolton, trustee of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said he was being recognised for “Putting religion at the heart of human experience and exploring it in such a way that it has enriched public discourse for decades.”

The late Sir John Tavener was also recognised, with the Trustees’ Award, for “the outstanding contribution his music has made to raising spiritual awareness, building bridges between people of all faiths and none”.

The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop-elect of Leeds and Chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said: “This year’s entrants were a true reflection of the quality and depth of religious broadcasting in this country. While they all sought to illuminate, educate and entertain us, they also stretched our understanding – vital in the complex modern world. More such broadcasting can only make us stronger as a society.”



Television Awards


The Story of the Jews: Episode 4: ‘Over the Rainbow’ – Oxford Film and Television for BBC2


A Very British Ramadan – Watershed Productions for Channel 4

Hillsborough: Never Forgotten – BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC2


Radio Times Readers Award

The Story of the Jews: Episode 4: ‘Over the Rainbow’ – Oxford Film and Television for BBC2


Radio Awards


I Have A Dream – BBC Scotland Features for BBC Radio 4


Married for a Minute – BBC Asian Network


Local, Community or Online Award

Sounds Jewish: The Jewish Revival in Poland – JW3: Jewish Community Centre for London for


Personal Award

Melvyn Bragg


Trustees’ Award

Sir John Tavener

Posted on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 10:20 am by RadioToday

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