The Grierson Awards

The shortlist for the 2020 the Grierson Awards has been announced! Congratulations to all the filmmakers on the list. We are excited to see that lots of projects that our editors have worked on have been shortlisted:

The Day California Burned- Brook Lapping Productions & BBC Current Affairs London for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the Open University Best Single Documentary – International. Edited by Ella Newton

Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret – Episode 2- Top Hat Productions for BBC Two has been shortlisted in the Channel 5 Best Historical Documentary. Edited by Franco Bogino

8 Days: To the Moon and Back- BBC Studios – The Science Unit & The Open University for BBC Two, shortlisted in the Sargent-Disc Best Science Documentary. Edited by Duncan Hill.

Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King – Episode 2. Abraham Teweldebrhan worked on all three episodes of this series.

The Rap Game- Naked for BBC Three- Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series- Editor Jack Brown worked on the series.

The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes- CPL Productions & Motion Content Group for Channel 4- Channel 4 Best Constructed Documentary Series. Editor Belle Borgeaud worked on the series.

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out- October Films for BBC One- Shorlisted for the  Warner Bros TV Production Best Documentary Presenter. Edited by Charlie Hawryliw

Good luck everyone! The nominations will be announced Monday, 21 September and the

Awards ceremony is due to take place Tuesday, 10 November at Southbank Centre, London

Walking Britain’s Roman Roads

Rumpus Media for 5 Select

Editor: Aidan Sansom

Walking Britain’s Roman Roads is a six-part series that follows historian and presenter Dan Jones (London: 2000 Years of History, Building Britain’s Canals) as he walks six of Britain’s Roman roads, exploring the different cultures that emerged along these routes. Aidan Sansom edited the ‘Stane Street’ episode, he loved working with Rumpus and said it was a joy to make.

Walking Britain’s Roman Roads Wednesdays 9pm 5 Select.

Previous episodes are  available on MY5

Ireland’s Mother and Baby Scandal

Outsider Films for Al Jazeera.

Editor: Charlie Hawryliw

Director: Callum Macrae

Content warning: Some viewers may find this film distressing

Six years ago, a local historian from County Galway in the Republic of Ireland, discovered that hundreds of babies and young children had died in a home for unmarried pregnant women, run by Roman Catholic nuns in her hometown of Tuam. Further research revealed that many of the babies had died of malnutrition and other forms of neglect. Angry survivors and relatives called for an investigation and concerned families began to ask questions about other homes run by the Church in Ireland and how many other babies had died in equally mysterious circumstances.

In 2015 the government announced it was setting up an official Commission of Investigation. The body was required to provide answers by 2018, but two years since its official publication date, the full report has still not been published. In its absence, the suspicion, frustration and anger of relatives have escalated, the once shameful secret of a single small rural town is developing into a national scandal which goes to the heart of the close relationship between successive Irish governments and the Catholic Church.

In two episodes edited by Charlie Hawryliw, Al Jazeera correspondent Laurence Lee investigates deeply disturbing allegations that both the Irish state and its religious orders were responsible for a systematic decades-long regime of institutional neglect and exploitation involving the death of thousands of children.

Both episodes are currently available on Al Jazeera as part of their People and Power series.

Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation

Fulwell 73 for BBC One

Editor Gavin Ames

Jack Whitehall, the ultimate armchair fan, tells the story of the United Kingdom through its greatest sporting moments.

Jack takes us through Britain’s sporting history and finest moments, asking why it is that big tournaments have the capacity to unite the nation. There is a look back at the 1908 London Olympics, plus  events such as the 1966 World Cup and the 2012 London Olympics.

Gavin edited episodes 1,2,4 and 6, watch the series at 8.30pm BBC One on Friday or catch up on BBC iplayer.

Revolutions: The Ideas That Changed The World

Bigger Bang TV

Editor: Matt Scragg

PBS, BBC Four and Netflix

Series 1 of Bigger Bangs’ Landmark series Revolutions: The Ideas That Changed The World is now available on Netflix. The wonderful Matt Scragg edited the first three episodes ‘The Car’, ‘The Rocket’ and ‘The Smartphone’.

The series tells the amazing story of the incredible breakthroughs that led to six iconic objects that define the modern world and each episode takes viewers on a global journey of discovery and uncovers thousands of years of innovation. It combines expert investigation with innovative drama techniques, shot almost entirely using virtual sets. At times, it allows the experts to witness those pivotal events first hand.  Matt edited all 6 episodes which were originally broadcast on PBS and BBC Four and are now being shown on Netflix. Good work Matt!

Into the Storm [En la Tormenta]

Editor: Paul Holland

Director: Adam Brown

Executive Producer: Dimitri Doganis

A huge congratulations to Adam Brown, the team at RAW Films and our very own, brilliant Paul Holland for winning the Grand Chameleon Award, Best Documentary Feature and Audience Award at Brooklyn Film Festival for Into the Storm.

This feature length documentary delves into the life of raw surf talent Jhonny Guerrero, a troubled teenager from a crime-ridden barrio of Lima, Peru, who struggles against the odds to realise his dream of becoming a professional surfer and lift his family out of poverty. Taken under the wing of a former world champion, he flourishes. But barrio life proves hard to escape and he is caught up in a drive-by shooting. His surfing suffers until his father is released from prison. With his father’s love and support, his results suddenly match his potential and his life is transformed.

Paul shared that ‘the most challenging aspect of this project wasn’t finding the story within the 400 hrs of Spanish spoken rushes, accumulated over 5 years by director Adam Brown, but matching the enthusiasm and passion he had for this amazing story. I feel grateful to have played a small part in telling it.’

Watch the trailer here.

BAFTA Nominations 2020

Celebrity Gogglebox by Studio Lambert for Channel 4 has been nominated in the Reality and Constructed Factual category. Gruff Lovgreen worked on the series where Britain’s most recognisable faces share their sharp, insightful, funny and emotional views on popular and topical TV shows.

8 Day’s to the Moon and Back by BBC Studios has been nominated in the Specialist Factual category. We love this feature documentary which tells the real story of the Apollo mission as it happened. Edited by Duncan Hill.

David Harewood: Psychosis And Me – Films of Record for BBC Two has been nominated in the Single Documentary category. This brilliant 60min documentary edited by Charlie Hawryliw,  follows David Harwood as retraces his steps and try’s to piece together what happened to him after suffering a mental breakdown.

The Greatest Dancer by Thames, Syco Entertainment for BBC One  has been nominated in the Entertainment Programme Category. Tim Fielding edited this feelgood series where dancers of any age and dance style compete to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on `Strictly Come Dancing’.

The Rap Game UK – BBC Three Is also nominated in the Entertainment category. Edited by Jack Brown this show sees rap legends DJ Target, Krept and Konan putting seven unsigned MCs head to head in a battle to become the first ever signing for Krept and Konan’s record label.

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast from behind closed doors after being delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Ayoade will host from a closed studio and winners will give acceptance speeches virtually. The winners will be announced on 31 July, with the ceremony broadcast on BBC One.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Secrets of Pompeii’s Greatest Treasures

Sandstone Global

Pre-titles Editor: Richard Lester

When Pompeii was buried by a eruption from Mount Vesuvius, it led to tragic loss of life, but it also preserved the city, giving future generations a unique insight into how the Ancient Romans lived. Here, Bettany Hughes picks ten treasures that encapsulate the glory of Pompeii and finds out what they tell us about its doomed citizens.

Rich Lester edited the Pre-titles for the series.

Starting at 9pm on Channel 5 tomorrow!

The Big Flower Fight


Editor: Tom Savage

The Big Flower Fight is an 8-part series hosted by comedians Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou that sees “ten creative teams square off in a larger-than-life contest to create huge flower installations.”

Every episode will test a different set of skills and feature a unique challenge – the teams are tasked with building a larger-than-life sculpture, competing to design and build the biggest, most outlandish and beautiful works of art possible from flowers and other natural materials and staving off elimination for one more week.

Editor Tom Savage cut episode 2 of the show and said: ‘it’s definitely given me inspiration to get busy in the garden with all my free time not working in lockdown. I’ve always wanted a 12ft floral monster crawling out of a hole in the ground!’

Start watching on Netflix

The Age of Loneliness

Wellpark Productions

Editor: Nick Follows

Director: Sue Bourne

Award Winning director Sue Bourne travels the length and breadth of the country to find people brave enough to admit how lonely they are. And go on camera and talk about how loneliness affects their lives. From Isobel the 19 year old student, through Ben the divorcee and Jaye the 40 year old singleton, to Olive the 100 year old who says she lives on lonely street, this film will strike a chord with many people.

The Age of Loneliness is now available on Amazon Prime.

Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes

Mayfly TV for Channel 4 Editor: Simon Warner Simon Warner edited this episodes which follows the property expert return to his native Kent to visit 900-year-old Leeds Castle. Despite visiting many times as a child, Phil discovers there is a lot more to this history-laden fort than… Read More

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Nutopia for Nat Geo and Disney+ Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love — like trainers or ice cream — as Jeff pulls the thread on these… Read More