Paedophile series picks up award

The BBC2 documentary series The Hunt for Britain’s Paedophiles came away with the 2002 RTS Television Awards best general documentary series prize this week. The programme, filmed over two years, followed the work of New Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit.

The Hunt for Britain’s Paedophiles won ahead of The Century of the Self, another series from BBC2 that looked at the rise of consumerism and the impact of the Freud family on Britain and the US, and The Trust, Channel 4’s in-depth look at the NHS.

Single general documentary of the year went to Channel 4’s House of War, which related the story of the mutiny and subsequent massacre of captured Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. Other nominees were BBC2’s Small Pox: Silent Weapon and SAS Embassy Siege.

David Modell, who directed the Channel 4 documentary Young Nazi & Proud, was named network newcomer of the year for behind the screen.

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