The Grierson Trust announces the final nominations for Grierson 2016: The 44th British

The 44th British Documentary Awards in association with Sky Atlantic. Four presenters and 52 films – which tackle subjects from the war in Syria and Ebola to the poetry of Ted Hughes and the world of Lego – square up for the ultimate factual faceoff. The winners will be announced in a star-studded ceremony hosted by comedian and impressionist, Jon Culshaw, on Monday 7th November.

The full nominations

This year’s nominations include some of the most talked about films of last year – including Asif Kapadia's Amy (nominated in both Arts and Cinema categories) and Alex Gibney's exposé Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (in both Contemporary Theme - International and Cinema categories) - as well as some less well-known gems.

The BBC dominates with 27 nominations including all four Presenter nominees: Adam Pearson, David Olusoga, Louis Theroux and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Also featured are theguardian.com, Channel Five and Sky Atlantic alongside ITV with two nominations and Channel 4 with 10.

Women directors are well represented with 23 names appearing across the categories including the all new Best Constructed Documentary Series which singles out First Dates, The Real Marigold Hotel, SAS Who Dares Wins and Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Years Old (also in the Best Entertaining category) as its first line-up. Two other programmes receive multiple nominations. They are Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners in Best Historical and Best Presenter and The Tribe in Best Entertaining and Best Series.

Chairman of The Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey says: “Every year I'm bowled over by the skill, talent and dedication demonstrated in our nominated films and 2016 is no exception. It's been an incredible year for big screen docs with Amy and Going Clear making global headlines, as well as television continuing its rude health in increasingly difficult circumstances. If recent TV events tell us anything, it's about the tough fiscal decisions the industry is facing and to see so many great films still being produced is almost a miracle. I look forward to congratulating the winners on 7th November.”

Each judging panel is made up of a mix of industry experts, filmmakers, channel commissioners, genre experts and well known faces from across cinema and television. This year’s 67 award jurors include former Labour leader Rt Hon Ed Milliband; presenters Dame Joan Bakewell, Anita Rani, Nihal Arthanayake, Emma Barnett and Angellica Bell; genre specialists Dr Chris van Tulleken, Richard Tait, Martha Spurrier and Lucy Cooke; actors Meera Syal and Rafe Spall; journalists Chris Curtis and Rachel Oldroyd; spoken word performer George the Poet; and, business woman Margaret Mountford.

Considered as the Oscars of the documentary world and now in their 44th year, the Grierson Awards celebrate the best in documentary film-making. Winning a Grierson carries prestige and allure for factual filmmakers from across the globe.

The full nominations

Published: 20 September 2016

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