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Vote for the Radio Times Readers’ Award in the Sandford St Martin Awards 2021

Help pick the winner of the Radio Times Readers Award for programmes touching on faith, belief and ethics.

Published: Monday, 29th March 2021 at 5:40 pm

You can pick the winner of the Radio Times Readers’ Award 2021! This annual award is part of the Sandford St Martin Awards for radio, TV and online programmes touching on faith, belief and ethics.


There is a shortlist of six programmes and you can vote for just one.

Voting closes on Sunday 16th May at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 6th June at 6pm.

The nominees are...


Available to watch on BBC iPlayer

A two-part edition of the documentary, from the Royal Free hospital in London. A patient called Nancy gave an impromptu speech about compassion, duty and the importance of a life of service.

Programme Name: Hospital S6 - TX: n/a - Episode: Hospital S6 - Generics (No. Generics) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Sandi Wylie - Clinical Lead, Consultant Anaesthetist; Debashis Ghosh - Clinical Lead, Consultant Breast Surgeon; Winifred Magambo-Gasana - Lead Nurse Vascular Access & OPAT; Breda Athan - Senior Matron Infection & Immunity; Angeline Shoniwa - Theatre Coordinator/ Robotics Lead Nurse - (C) Label1 - Photographer: Ryan McNamara


Available to watch on Netflix

Mini-series about a Hasidic Jewish wife who flees her ultra-conservative community in America to find herself in Berlin. Adapted from Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, this is a story of belief and liberation.


IT’S A SIN - Channel 4

Available to watch on All 4

Russell T Davies’s tale of gay life in London in the 1980s also reveals the power of community, compassion and love in the face of fear caused by a little-understood pandemic.

L-R Gregory, Colin, Richie, Jill and Ash


Available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime

Drama based on the real-life testimony of a group of Holocaust orphans who arrived in the Lake District in 1945. Shown to mark 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Programme Name: The Windermere Children - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Early release images Sala (Anna Maciejewska), Arek (Tomasz Studzinski), Juliusz (Lukasz Zieba), Ike (Kuba Sprenger), Sam (Marek Wrobelewski), Salek (Jakub Jankiewicz), Ben (Pascal Fischer), Chaim (Kacper Swietek) - (C) Wall to Wall/ZDF - Photographer: Helen Sloan


Available to watch on BBC iPlayer

Religion — and the abuses carried out in its name — were never far from the surface in this look at the price paid by those caught up in the Iraq war.

Programme Name: Once Upon a Time in Iraq - TX: n/a - Episode: Once Upon a Time in Iraq - ep 5 (No. 5) - Picture Shows: Tahany Saleh - (C) Gus Palmer - Photographer: Gus Palmer
Photographer: Gus Palmer


Available to watch on BBC iPlayer

Despite a last-minute alarm when some of the choir tested positive for COVID, the annual carol service went ahead, delivering comfort and joy when we needed it most.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoff Robinson Photography/Shutterstock (9300766as)Choristers in King's College Chapel in Cambridge rehearsing for this years Carols from King's performed on Christmas Eve. Choristers in Cambridge have been busy rehearsing for the famous Carols from King's on Christmas Eve - which has been made all-ticket for the first time. The 16 boys have spent weeks practising at King's College Chapel for the hugely popular traditional service, which has been televised by the BBC for more than 60 years. Usually people have to queue overnight for the 500 concert seats, but this year the service has been made all-ticket for security reasons and those attending will only be able to bring one small bag. People wanting a ticket will have to go to King's College after 7.30am on Christmas Eve with photo ID and if successful they will be given a ticket and invited to come back after 1.30pm to gain admission to the Chapel. The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry, the Dean of King's College Chapel, said: "We made this change after careful appraisal of our own situation in the light of the current level of security risk across the country. "It is a break with tradition but we all recognise that if traditions are to survive they need to respond to the reality of the world we live in today." Choristers in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, UK - 23 Dec 2017

Voting closes on Sunday 16th May 11.59pm.


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