Vote in Radio Times' Faith Award 2015

Cast your vote to help choose the winner of the Radio Times Readers' Award in the annual Sandford St Martin Trust awards for religious broadcasting


Open from 26/03/2015 to 10/05/2015

The six outstanding programmes on the shortlist for this year’s Radio Times Readers’ Award — part of the annual Sandford St Martin Trust Awards for religious broadcasting — range from dramas to documentaries and music. Vote for one of the following and you could win a big prize!

Prize Every voter who leaves their details will be entered into a draw, and one person, drawn at random, will win £1,000 to spend on home entertainment equipment.

Canterbury Cathedral

1 Canterbury Cathedral

15 December, 2014 (BBC2)

In the second instalment of this three-part observational documentary, money played a major role — or rather, the lack of it. Staff were desperate for funds to repair the roof, and the homeless people visiting the church’s night shelter had almost nothing: men who’d been in prison or addicted to drink and drugs.

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

2 Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

19 April, 2014 (BBC2)

This one-off documentary revealed how Handel’s choral masterpiece was performed in a benefit concert — in many ways a forerunner of Live Aid. The concert was held on 1 May 1750 in the chapel of the Foundling Hospital in London, to raise funds for philanthropist Thomas Coram’s institution for abandoned children. 

Lent Diaries

3 Lent Diaries

5 – 20 April, 2014 (C4)

In the run-up to Easter, this series of 16 three-minute shorts provided an insight into the lives of people who worship in Pentecostal West African churches, the fastest-growing sector of Christianity in the UK. 

Songs of Praise: Gospel Choir of the Year

4 Songs of praise: Gospel Choir of the Year

28 September – 5 October, 2014 (BBC2)

This X Factor-style talent contest brought together six amateur gospel choirs from across the nation, to compete over two rounds at the Hackney Empire in east London. It was watched by almost 3 million viewers. 


5 Rev

24 March – 28 April, 2014 (BBC2) 

The third, possibly final series of BBC2’s sitcom about inner-city vicar Adam Smallbone addressed fatherhood, temptation, inter-faith unity and dwindling congregations with intelligence and compassion. Whatever your faith, or lack of it, you cared for these people. It was a comedy that mined laughs and tears from the
clash of good intentions and an uncaring world. 


6 Grantchester

6 October – 10 November, 2014 (ITV)

A primetime detective series centred on sleuthing cleric Sidney Chambers might not sound like a natural fit for these awards, but creator James Runcie told RT, “I’ve always been interested in moral dilemmas, but when I started to write I found myself unexpectedly religious… I hoped to escape the sitcom clichés of All Gas and Gaiters and Bless Me Father and to have, as the main character, a questioning, thoughtful Church of England vicar.”

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