The Sandford St Martin Trust Religious Television Awards 2005 were presented at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.
in 1978 the trust encourages excellence in religious broadcasting and
each year gives awards to both radio and television programmes.
year’s judges were Andrew Barr, vice chairman of the Churches Media
Council; Jane Thynne, freelance journalist and writer; and Rev Sarah
Tillett, curate in Knowle and chaplain to the Churches Media Council.
With trustee David Glencross presiding, the winners were presented with their awards by Baroness Warnock.
● Premier Award (£2,000):
Victim 0001. Made by CTVC for ITV1, broadcast 9 September 2004, about
Father Mychal Judge who was recognised as victim 0001 in the 9/11
tragedy. Director, Peter Minns; producer, Ray Bruce; executive
producer, Nick Stuart Runner-up
(£1,500): Children of Abraham. Made by 3BM TV for Channel 4, broadcast
May 2004. The second programme in a three-part series exploring the
common ground between the Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and
Islam. Presenter/director, Mark Dowd; producer, Charlie Hawes.
● Merit Award (£1,000): Karbala – City of Martyrs. Made by ITN for Channel 4, broadcast 12 April 2004. This documentary followed British Shia Muslims who took great risks in Iraq as extremists set off massive bomb blasts. Producer/director, Faris Kermani. Executive producer, Charles Bruce
● Joint Merit Award (£1,500
shared): The Battle for Britain’s Soul: Part 2 Cradle to Grave,
broadcast BBC Two, 14 February 2004. This series chronicled the rise of
Christianity in the British Isles. Presenter, Rev Peter Jones. Producer/directors, Dick Taylor and Nikki Stockley. Executive producer, Ruth Pitt
Jesus Who?: Broadcast on BBC One, 6 April 2004. Rock legend and
Baptist Rick Wakeman searches Britain for any AWARDS surviving sparks
from Christianity’s radical beginnings. Producer/director, Jonathan
Mayo. Executive producer, Chris Loughlin. Researcher, Nick Holden-Sim
Other shortlisted programmes were: Eikon – Tough Talk, Scope
Productions for Scottish TV; Fast Friends, broadcast on BBC One; It’s
My Life: Gays and the Church, Moore Television for ITV1; Monastery,
broadcast in East Midlands Today, BBC One; A Muslim in the Family,
broadcast on BBC One; The New Christendom, broadcast on BBC World in
World Review; Postcard from Auschwitz, broadcast on UTV, Northern
Ireland; Songs of Praise: Tsunami Vigil, broadcast on BBC One.