Impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw will host the 44th British Documentary Awards

Impressionist and comedian Jon Culshaw will host the 44th British Documentary Awards at a star- studded event at The Mermaid Theatre, London on Monday 7th November. More fondly known as The Griersons, these awards are the Oscars of the documentary world with directors from around the globe vying for the accolades that are only awarded to the crème de la crème of documentary filmmaking.

Lorraine Heggessey said: “Who knows who will be at the Griersons this year? With Jon Culshaw at the helm we could be welcoming Boris Johnson, Michael McIntyre, or even the President of the United States Barack Obama himself. With his eye on the current affairs of state and the life of the nation, Jon's art is documentary in another form and I look forward to enjoying a night of his satirical commentary and iconic mimicry in honour of the Griersons."

Jon Culshaw

Jon has a catalogue of over 350 impressions and is regarded as one of the best impressionists in the U.K. He first made international headlines in 1998 by calling the switchboard of 10 Downing Street and fooling the operators with his impression of William Hague. He was put directly through to Prime Minister Tony Blair. The incident was mentioned at Prime Minister’s Question Time and reported in Hansard. He is probably best known for his roles in Spitting Image, Dead Ringers, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown and The Impressions Show alongside Debra Stephenson. He has also made numerous appearances as a guest on shows ranging from The Royal Variety Performance to Stargazing Live as well as being a regular guest on current affairs programmes, providing comic relief with impromptu impersonations of politicians and commentators. He can currently be heard as one of the stars of ITV1's Newzoids.

Final nominations for the 44th Grierson Awards will be announced next week from a shortlist that includes the agenda-setting documentaries of 2015/16, with Contemporary Theme and Current Affairs categories dominated by the current migrant crisis, war in Syria, life in Gaza and international terrorism – enormous, important and life-changing events. Young newcomer directors stand shoulder to shoulder with internationally acclaimed directors including Norma Percy, Asif Kapadia and Alex Gibney. New categories for this year include Best Constructed Documentary Series and a division in Natural History and Science to create two separate categories.

During the awards ceremony, Jon will steer the event through 15 awards including Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – Domestic, Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International, The Open University Best Documentary on Current Affairs, Best Arts Documentary, ITN Source Best Historical Documentary, Clockwork Capital Best Science Documentary, Best Natural History Documentary, Nyman Libson Paul Best Entertaining Documentary, Envy Best Documentary Series, Evolutions Best Constructed Documentary Series, Bertha DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary, Channel 4 Best Newcomer Documentary, Sky Atlantic Best Student Documentary and Warner Bros TV Production UK Documentary Presenter of the Year as well as the BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award.

Published: 20 September 2016

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