10 May 2016
We had a very successful night at the BAFTAs last weekend, the most prestigious TV awards of the year. Films of Record won the ‘Factual Series’ BAFTA for The Murder Detectives, the ground-breaking three-part documentary about a murder of a Bristol teenager which ran over three nights on Channel 4 last November.
This multi-awardwinning series has been praised for creating a wholly new approach to crime documentary programming. Dave Nath, The Murder Detectives director, won the award for Director: Factual at the BAFTA Television Crafts Awards last month; Editing-Factual went to Ben Brown making it a hat-trick of BAFTAs for this series.
Dave Nath gave a superb speech at the televised BAFTA ceremony, pleading for more action on knife crime, with Angela Robinson, the mother of murder victim Nicholas, standing alongside him.
Films of Record had a second BAFTA nomination for Great Ormond Street, which was one of three other nominations in the same Factual Series category. It’s rare to have two productions in the nomination list for the BAFTAs and even rarer to win three awards for the same series it speaks volumes about the quality of our television production.
Films of Record had two other BAFTA Television Craft nominations, both for Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris. They were for Director: Factual – Ursula Macfarlane, and Editing: Factual – James Clarkson Lyon.
Reef TV’s Matt Skilton, Mike Hatch and Tony Burke had a nomination for another BAFTA Television Craft Award: Sound-Factual for La Traviata, Love, Death and Divas.
Blakeway’s Ben Steele was nominated in the Photography: Factual category for The Children Who Beat Ebola.
So, a total of eight BAFTA nominations and three wins!