Three Grierson Gongs for Channel 4 Factual & Current Affairs
Channel 4 scooped three awards at the 41st Grierson Documentary Awards last night at a star-studded ceremony which recognises outstanding factual film-making.
Recognised as one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, Channel 4 won the Best Science or Natural History Documentary Award for How to Build a Bionic Man, Syria Across The Lines won Best Documentary for Current Affairs and Grayson Perry was awarded Best Documentary Presenter for his Channel 4 series, All in the Best Possible Taste.
Bill Oddie presented director Tom Coveney with his award for documenting the worldwide quest to discover How To Build A Bionic Man. The jury chairman Celia Taylor described the film as a, “mix of fascinating science and humour.”
Former Trustee’s Award winner John Pilger took to the stage to present the first ever prize for Best Documentary for Current Affairs to Syria: Across the Lines and director Olly Lambert for a film that explored the huge human cost of the on-going conflict. The jury, chaired by Chris Durlacher, felt that the film stood apart for its, “strong research, brave filming and incredible insight into a place that you don’t get from the news alone.”
Comedian Mark Dolan crowned Grayson Perry the winner for another brand new award – Best Documentary Presenter. The judges commended Grayson’s, “immersive, enthusiastic and funny” style and credited him with “demystifying an intellectual subject,” said jury lead Jill Franklin.