Double nomination for Andrew Marr in BPG awards

Former BBC political editor Andrew Marr has received two nominations in the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, the annual ceremony judged by journalists who write about television and radio.

Marr made the shortlist for best documentary series for his five-part prime time project, A History of Modern Britain, which aired on BBC Two last summer and traced Britain’s changing face since the end of the Second World War.

He faces competition from BBC One’s five-part fly-on-the-wall series, Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, which traced a year in the life of the royal household.

Other nominees include a BBC Two series in which management guru Gerry Robinson attempts to turn around the National Health Service, and a BBC Four documentary on photography.

Marr, who fronts the weekly political discussion show Sunday AM, was also nominated for best presenter, up against Stephen Fry, Harry Hill, Ross Kemp and Jeremy Clarkson.

Channel 4’s Dispatches made the shortlist for best single documentary for its investigation into China’s one-child policy and the kidnapping and trading of an estimated 70,000 children a year on the black market.

Also nominated for best single documentary is Stephen Fry’s programme, HIV and Me, which was broadcast on BBC Two; and Malcolm & Barbara: Love’s Farewell – an ITV documentary on the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s.

BBC Radio 4 dominates the radio categories, with PM presenter Eddie Mair up against World At One host Martha Kearney for the best radio broadcaster award. FiveLive presenter Simon Mayo is also nominated.

The Radio 4 weekly religious panel discussion, Beyond Belief, is nominated for radio programme of the year, alongside The News Quiz.

The winners will be announced at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards lunch at the Theatre Royal in London on 4 April. The guild, which was founded in 1974, has more than a hundred members, including media correspondents, reviewers, critics and feature writers.

Documentary series
Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (BBC Two)
Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? (BBC Two)
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work (BBC One)
The Genius of Photography (BBC Four)

Single documentary
Dispatches: China’s Stolen Children (Channel 4)
Malcolm & Barbara: Love’s Farewell (ITV1)
Stephen Fry: HIV and Me (BBC Two)

Radio broadcaster of the year
Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie (BBC Radio 2)
Simon Mayo (BBC Radio FiveLive)
Eddie Mair (BBC Radio 4)
Martha Kearney (BBC Radio 4)

Radio programme of the year
The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4)
Beyond Belief (BBC Radio 4)
Adam and Joe Show (BBC 6Music)
Chris Moyles Show (BBC Radio 1)

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