David Attenborough and Rupert Everett will battle with Stephen Fry for the best presenter prize at the Grierson Awards, the so-called Oscars for documentaries
Attenborough gets his nod for David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive on Sky 3D while Everett is up for his acclaimed Channel 4 series about prostitution, Love for Sale with Rupert Everett. Stephen Fry’s nomination is for his BBC2 series about homosexuality, Out There.
The only woman on the eight-person shortlist is Stacey Dooley for BBC3’s Stacey Dooley Investigates.
Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Call Centre are also in the running, having made the shortlist of eight films in 12 categories at the 42nd Annual British Documentary Awards, which is better known as the Griersons.
Radio Times will once again sponsor the Radio Times Readers’ Award in which viewers will be able to select their favourite documentary from a shortlist selected by our own panel of experts.
Educating Yorkshire is nominated for best documentary while Gogglebox and The Call Centre are in the running for the best entertaining documentary prize.
The final judging will be completed this summer with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 3rd November which will also be screened on Sky Atlantic.
The BBC and Channel 4 are almost equal with 33 and 29 films shortlisted respectively, with Sky, ITV and Al Jazeera all represented.
Lorraine Heggessey, Chairman of the Grierson Trust said: “We have an amazingly strong year with each category jammed with a variety of powerful, impactful and memorable films.
“The shortlist contains some of the most talked about television of 2013/14, flanked by some little known gems.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.