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The May Fair Hotel BEST DOCUMENTARY ON A CONTEMPORARY THEME - DOMESTIC

The Age of Loneliness

The Age of Loneliness

  • Director/Producers: Sue Bourne, Daniel Dewsbury
  • Executive Producer: Grant McKee
  • Editor: Nick Follows
  • Production Co: Wellpark Productions
  • First shown: 7 January 2016; BBC One

Loneliness affects millions of us but no-one wants to talk about it. It’s you. It’s me. It’s everyone. Alone. Lonely. The numbers are growing every day. More and more of us will live alone in the course of our lives yet no-one wants to admit they are lonely because of the stigma that goes with ‘being lonely’. Award-winning director Sue Bourne found people brave enough to confront that stigma and talk about their loneliness.

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

  • Director: Anna Hall
  • Producer: Erica Gornall
  • Executive Producer: Brian Woods
  • Editor: Paddy Garrick
  • Production Co: True Vision Aire
  • First shown: 14 March 2016; BBC One

With unprecedented access to the Thames Valley Police Domestic Abuse Teams, and the victims of violence they are helping, Behind Closed Doors gives an extraordinary insight into the most common violent crime to take place in the home. Shot over 12 months, and starting from the moment a 999 call is received, the film follows three brave women who each waive their right to anonymity to show how insidious and terrifying domestic abuse can be.

How to Die: Simon’s Choice

How to Die: Simon’s Choice

  • Director/Producer: Rowan Deacon
  • Associate Producer: Lizzie Kempton
  • Executive Producer: Colin Barr
  • Production Co: Minnow Films, The Open University
  • First shown: 10 February 2016; BBC Two

A film telling the dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.

My Son the Jihadi

My Son the Jihadi

  • Director: Peter Beard
  • Producer: Richard Kerbaj
  • Executive Producer: Brian Woods
  • Editor: Simon MaMahon
  • Production Co: True Vision Productions
  • First shown: 22 October 2015; Channel 4

Sally Evans made a devastating discovery: her 21-year-old son Thomas had left their home in a Buckinghamshire village and travelled to Somalia to join the deadly Islamist terrorist group, Al Shabaab. Filmed over a year, this powerful film documents the daily struggle Sally and her youngest son, Micheal face as they try to reconcile the Thomas they knew, a loving mild-mannered ‘normal teenage lad’, with Abdul Hakim, the jihad-preaching Islamist he has become.

BEST DOCUMENTARY ON A CONTEMPORARY THEME - INTERNATIONAL

Children of the Gaza War

Children of the Gaza War

  • Director: James Jones
  • Reporter: Lyse Doucet
  • Executive Producer: Lucy Hetherington
  • Editor: Graham Taylor
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 8 July 2015; BBC Two

This heart-breaking film follows the lives of children on both sides of a conflict in the midst of a summer war which killed more than 500 children. Filming long after the news crews left, the documentary explores five children's trauma, resilience and growing resentment. The children were living through their third war in six years, each time growing further apart from their close neighbours.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

  • Director: Alex Gibney
  • Producers: Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Kristen Vaurio
  • Executive Producers: For HBO Sheila Nevins, For Sky Atlantic Chris Wilson
  • Editor: Andrew Grieve
  • Production Co: Jigsaw Productions
  • First shown: 26 June 2015; General theatrical release

Based on the acclaimed book by Lawrence Wright, Going Clear intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion. Critically acclaimed, and winner of three Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and a DuPont Columbia Award in the US, the film’s UK television premiere on Sky Atlantic drew more viewers than any documentary since 2012.

How to Change the World

How to Change the World

  • Director: Jerry Rothwell
  • Producers: Al Morrow, Bous De Jong, John Murray
  • Executive Producers: John Brunton, Jonny Persey, Stewart Le Marechal, David Wilkinson, Barbara Bowlby
  • Editor: James Scott
  • Production Co: Met Film Production, Insight Productions, Daniel Films
  • First shown: 9 September 2015; Sundance Film Festival 2015, London

In 1971 a small group of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada in an old fishing boat. Their mission was to stop Nixon’s atomic test bomb in Amchitka, Alaska. Chronicling this untold story at the birth of the modern environmental movement and with access to dramatic archive footage unseen for over 40 years, the film centres on eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of the global organization we now know as Greenpeace.

Storyville:  A Syrian Love Story

Storyville: A Syrian Love Story

  • Director: Sean McAllister
  • Producer: Elhum Shakerifar
  • Executive Producer: Nick Fraser
  • Production Co: Tenfoot films
  • First shown: 28 September 2015; BBC Four

Award-winning documentary film by Sean McAllister, telling the poignant story of a family torn apart by the Assad regime. When Sean begins filming them in Syria in 2009, prior to the wave of revolutions in the Arab world, Raghda is incarcerated as a political prisoner, and Amer is caring for their young boys alone. Raghda is eventually released from prison, but the family is forced to flee following the arrest of Sean himself.

The Open University BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CURRENT AFFAIRS

Exposure - Jihad:  A Very British Story

Exposure - Jihad: A Very British Story

  • Director: Deeyah Khan
  • Producers: Darin Prindle, Deeyah Khan
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Smith
  • Series Producer: Tom Giles
  • Editor: Kevin Thomas
  • Production Co: Fuuse Films
  • First shown: 15 June 2015; ITV

Jihad: A British Story is award-winning director Deeyah Khan’s examination of the European jihad movement through the eyes and personal experiences of Islamic extremists. They fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kashmir but we find that the reasons are often the same as they are today for those who join ISIS.

This World:  Outbreak - The Truth About Ebola

This World: Outbreak - The Truth About Ebola

  • Director: Dan Edge
  • Producers: Dan Edge, Sasha Joelle Achilli
  • Executive Producers: Raney Aronson-Rath, Eamonn Matthews, Sam Bagnall
  • Series Producer: Sarah Waldron
  • Editor: Tim Lovell
  • Production Co: Mongoose Pictures, Quicksilver Media
  • First shown: 1 June 2015; BBC Two

Outbreak – The Truth About Ebola tells the vivid, inside story of how and why the ebola outbreak wasn't stopped before it was too late, drawing on revelatory and candid admissions of failure from key government and public health officials. The film interweaves the personal stories of the West Africans battling the virus with interviews with key global decision makers and health officials to shed new light on what went wrong.

This World:  Three Days of Terror - The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

This World: Three Days of Terror - The Charlie Hebdo Attacks

  • Director/Producer: Dan Reed
  • Executive Producers: Luc Hermann, Sam Bagnall
  • Series Producer: Sarah Waldron
  • Production Co: AMOS Pictures
  • First shown: 6 January 2016; BBC Two

In 2015 Pars was hit by three major terrorist attacks. This tells the story of the first two attacks in January, which launched the city into its ‘year of terror’. With unprecedented access to the French authorities and previously unseen footage Three Days of Terror reveals the untold story of the massacre at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the first Islamic State strike on Paris at a kosher grocery.

We Walk Together

We Walk Together

  • Director: John Domokos
  • Executive Producer: Mustafa Khalili
  • Editors: Richard Sprenger, Noah Payne-Frank
  • Production Co: The Guardian
  • First shown: 10 September 2015; theguardian.com

Thousands of refugees were sleeping rough at Budapest’s Keleti station, waiting for trains to take them to western Europe. Then, they just got up and walked. Guardian journalist and filmmaker John Domokos went with them, every step of the way. This is the story of one Syrian family, and those who came out to help

BEST ARTS DOCUMENTARY

Amy

Amy

  • Director: Asif Kapadia
  • Producer: James Gay-Rees
  • Executive Producers: David Joseph, Adam Barker
  • Editor: Chris King
  • Production Co: On The Corner
  • First shown: 3 July 2015; General theatrical release

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era.

Handmade - Glass

Handmade - Glass

  • Director: Ian Denyer
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bright
  • Editor: Dagmar Werner
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 6 May 2015; BBC Four

The first episode in the Handmade series, part of BBC Four Goes Slow, is a beautifully-filmed portrait of the making of a simple glass jug. Filmed in real time and without voiceover or music, the film's focus is entirely on the craft process, an absorbing, repetitive process of blowing and rolling as glass designer Michael Ruh delicately teases and manipulates the molten glass into shape.

Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death

Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death

  • Director: Richard Curson Smith
  • Producer: Ross Wilson
  • Executive Producer: Liz Hartford
  • Editor: Chris Buckland
  • Production Co: Matchlight
  • First shown: 10 October 2015; BBC Two

Ted Hughes is widely recognised as one of our greatest poets. He is also one of the most controversial. The 'Heathcliff' of poetry who ''attracted more scandal than any other literary figure with the exception of Lord Byron' as one contributor notes. Now, for the first time the events of his life and the breadth and influence of his poetry are the focus of a major documentary.

What Do Artists Do All Day:  Sue Webster

What Do Artists Do All Day: Sue Webster

  • Director: Colette Camden
  • Executive Producer: Richard Bright
  • Production co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 15 June 2015; BBC Four

For years Sue Webster and Tim Noble were the hippest power couple in the art world. The art they created out of their personal relationship made them a notorious artistic double act. Until they split. This intimate and emotional portrait follows Sue at work, still collaborating with Tim on a series of nude portraits, but also talking frankly about her plans for the future as a solo artist.

ITN Source BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY

Attacking the Devil

Attacking the Devil

  • Directors: Jacqui Morris, David Morris
  • Producer: Jacqui Morris
  • Executive Producers: Steve Milne, David Thomson, Rankin
  • Editor: David Fairhead
  • Production Co: Frith Street Films Ltd
  • First shown: 22 January 2016; General theatrical release

"We used to employ journalists, not private investigators." Observed Sir Harold Evans, giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry. Described by many of his peers to be the greatest newspaper man of the twentieth century, Sir Harold Evans edited the Sunday Times during a period considered to be the 'golden age' in British Journalism. Attacking the Devil covers some of the investigations and campaigns that earned him that praise.

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners: Profit and Loss

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners: Profit and Loss

  • Directors: James Van Der Pool, Ben Crichton
  • Producer: James Van Der Pool
  • Executive Producer: Chris Granlund
  • Series Producer: James Van Der Pool
  • Editor: Darren Jonusas
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 15 July 2015; BBC Two

When Britain abolished slavery in 1834, the government compensated the slave owners for the loss of their ‘property’ with the equivalent of £17bn. The slaves received nothing. In partnership with University College London, historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Forensically examining the compensation records, he reveals the surprising range of people who owned slaves, the scale of the slavery business, and tragic human cost of this chapter in our nation's history.

Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party

Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party

  • Director: Hassan Amini
  • Producer: Lawrence Elman
  • Executive Producers: Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend
  • Editor: Ollie Huddleston
  • Production Co: LAA Films, Amber Entertainment
  • First shown: 14 February 2016; BBC Four

In 1971, the Shah of Iran celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object. Every party leaves a few hangovers. This one left a country reeling, never to recover. It crystallised the opposition, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. More than any other event, this party marked the break between the King of Kings and the people of Iran he reigned over.

Victorian Bakers - Episode 2

Victorian Bakers - Episode 2

  • Directors: Peter Sweasey, Neil Ferguson
  • Executive Producer: Cate Hall
  • Series Producer: Peter Sweasey
  • Editors: Andrew Evans, Stuart Davidson, Gerard Evans
  • Production Co: Wall To Wall
  • First shown: 5 January 2016; BBC Two

Four professional bakers are leaving their modern businesses behind to bake their way through the Victorian era.

Clockwork Capital BEST SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY

Countdown to Life: Against The Odds

Countdown to Life: Against The Odds

  • Director: Helen Sage
  • Executive Producers: Helen Thomas, Jonathan Renouf
  • Series Producer: Gideon Bradshaw
  • Editor: Anna Price
  • Production Co: BBC Studios, The Open University
  • First shown: 21 October 2015; BBC Two

From the moment you’re conceived to the moment you’re born, each critical event in the womb can change your life forever. The way you smile, the environments you thrive in, the colour of your children’s eyes – everything about you depends on an elaborate dance of biology and environment, timed to precision. Countdown to Life combines human stories and award winning graphics to tell the story of creation with striking power, emotion and wonder.

Heston's Dinner In Space

Heston's Dinner In Space

  • Director: Jay Taylor
  • Producer: Kate Dooley
  • Executive Producer: Jay Taylor
  • Editor: Dan Smith
  • Production Co: Thoroughly Modern Media
  • First shown: 22 March 2016; Channel 4

Heston’s Dinner in Space follows the two-year journey of Chef Heston Blumenthal to revolutionise the world of space food, and push the boundaries of what's possible in the most scientific of ways. Working alongside astronaut Tim Peake in a race against time and strict NASA food regulations, Heston sets out to create foods that can be consumed by Tim in zero gravity, onboard the International Space Station.

Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time

Inside Einstein's Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time

  • Director/Producer: Jamie Lochhead
  • Executive Producer: David Dugan
  • Editor: Justin Badger
  • Production Co: Windfall Films
  • First shown: 14 December 2015; BBC Four

A documentary marking the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s greatest work - the theory of General Relativity. The film is a magical visual journey that begins in Einstein’s young mind, follows the thought experiments that gave him stunning insights about the physical world, and ultimately reaches the extremes of modern physics.

Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor

Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor

  • Director/Producer: Nic Stacey
  • Executive Producer: Paul Sen
  • Editor: Paul Crosby
  • Production Co: Furnace TV
  • First shown: 1 October 2015; BBC Four

Dr George McGavin investigates the highly varied and dramatic life of an oak tree. Part science documentary, part historical investigation, this film is a celebration of one of the most iconic trees in the British countryside. It aims to give viewers a sense of what an extraordinary species the oak is and provide an insight into how this venerable tree experiences life.

BEST NATURAL HISTORY DOCUMENTARY

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

  • Director/Producer: Charlotte Scott
  • Executive Producers: Mike Gunton, Miles Barton
  • Editor: Mike Denny
  • Production Co: BBC Studios, PBS, BBC Worldwide
  • First shown: 24 January 2016; BBC One

David Attenborough follows the twists and turns of a forensic investigation, into what is revealed as the largest land animal ever known. Using cutting edge graphics, the film reveals the internal structure of the dinosaur and how it lived. The fossils are pieced together into a new species of giant titanosaur and David Attenborough meets the palaeontologists on their journey of discovery culminating in the making a huge replica skeleton.

The Hunt:  The Hardest Challenge

The Hunt: The Hardest Challenge

  • Director/Producer: Huw Cordey
  • Executive Producer: Alastair Fothergill
  • Series Producer: Huw Cordey
  • Editor: Matt Meech
  • Production Co: Silverback Films, BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9, NDR Naturfilm
  • First Shown: 1 November 2015; BBC One

The contests between predators and prey are the most dramatic events in nature. The Hardest Challenge reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch their prey - from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, whose tactic is to wear down their prey over long distances; from Nile crocodiles, the Planet’s most patient predators, to killer whales who use teamwork and intelligence to take on humpback whales. But even with these finely tuned strategies the outcome is far from certain. Surprisingly, most predators fail most of the time.

Loch Lomond:Spring -  The Season of New Life

Loch Lomond:Spring - The Season of New Life

  • Director: Duncan Chard
  • Executive Producers: Dick Colhurst, Melanie Darlaston
  • Series Producer: Duncan Chard
  • Production Co: Tigress Productions, GroupM Entertainment
  • Last shown: 10 November 2015; Channel 5

On the western edge of Scotland lies an epic wilderness. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is home to a dazzling array of wildlife and some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Here in this remote and brutal land, more than 1,000 species of animals must battle each other and the elements just to stay alive.

Shark -  Programme 1

Shark - Programme 1

  • Directors: Steve Greenwood, Rachel Butler
  • Producer: Steve Greenwood
  • Executive Producer: Mike Gunton
  • Series Producer: Steve Greenwood
  • Editor: Matt Meech
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 7 May 2015; BBC One

Forty years after Jaws this programme rebrands sharks as fascinating, intelligent and vulnerable creatures. There are over 450 species of shark, some as big as a bus, others that could fit in the palm of your hand. This film profiles their extraordinary diversity, from sharks that walk on land to ones that live deep under the Arctic ice.

Nyman Libson Paul BEST ENTERTAINING DOCUMENTARY

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America - Episode 3

Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America - Episode 3

  • Director: Mike Reilly
  • Executive Producers: Alex Fraser, Steve Condie
  • Series Producer: Michelle Crowther
  • Editors: Ollie Rainbird, Kate Spankie
  • Production Co: 7 Wonder
  • First shown: 1 April 2016; ITV

Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America finds Billy, older, wiser but with his wit and burning curiosity still firmly in place. The first episode of this beautifully shot series sees Billy travel by train to experience America’s true backyard. Whether it’s marvelling at the homespun entertainment on offer at the Minnesota State Fair, or simply taking stock at an oil boomtown down on its luck, all subjects are viewed with Billy’s unique, skewed wit and wisdom.

Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds - Ep 2

Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds - Ep 2

  • Directors: Teresa Watkins, Emily Lawson, Nicola Brown
  • Executive Producer: Teresa Watkins
  • Series Producer: Emily Lawson
  • Editors: Reva Childs, Mark Knowles, Paul Van Dyke, Brett Irwin, Alex Muggleton, Andrew Quigley, Dave Pearson
  • Production Co: RDF Television
  • First shown: 1 January 2016; Channel 4

What happens when over fifty 4, 5 and 6 year olds meet each other for the very first time on a holiday camp with every single child close mic’d to capture every tussle, every whisper and all the raw emotion of life in the playground? This series picks up the baton of the popular pilot, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, and moves it on using the full drama of the documentary rig.

The Secret World of Lego

The Secret World of Lego

  • Director: Christian Trumble
  • Producer: Jemma Gander
  • Executive Producer: David Cumming
  • Editor: Reva Childs
  • Production Co: Waddell Media
  • First shown: 14 June 2015; Channel 4

Last year Lego became the most profitable toy makers in the world. Now this notoriously secretive, privately-owned superbrand has opened its doors. We discover what makes it tick, meet some of its key people and reveal more about the company DNA than ever before.

The Tribe - Episode 2

The Tribe - Episode 2

  • Directors: Paddy Wivell, Livia Simoka, Vicky Mitchell
  • Producers: Livia Simoka, Vicky Mitchell
  • Executive Producer: Harry Lansdown
  • Editors: James Gold, Sam Santana, Chris Nichols, Simon McMahon
  • Production Co: Renegade Pictures
  • First shown: 11 June 2015; Channel 4

The Channel 4 rig has moved to Ethiopia to capture family life in a tribal village. It’s a stressful time for elders Ayke Muko and Kerri Bodo as their son is due to get married. As for any young Hamar girl, for bride-to-be Dami, getting married is a traumatic event. Similar in age to Dami is rebellious teenager Hacho, who is clutching onto the last straws of freedom. As the girl’s worlds collide its Kerri Bodo’s wisdom that brings them together as a family.

Envy BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES

The Detectives

The Detectives

  • Director: James Newton
  • Producers: Emma Whitehead, Harriet Bird
  • Executive Producers: Colin Barr, Ruth Kelly
  • Editor: Rupert Houseman
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 17 May 2015; BBC Two

A gripping and dramatic three-part series that gets inside the mind of a new breed of detective specially trained to investigate sex offences, revealing what it's like to tackle the crimes that carry the toughest sentences, yet the lowest conviction rates.

Inside Obama's White House

Inside Obama's White House

  • Directors: Norma Percy, Paul Mitchell, Sarah Wallis, Delphine Jaudeau, Mick Gold
  • Producers: Sarah Wallis, Delphine Jaudeau, Mick Gold
  • Executive Producers: Paul Mitchell, Brian Lapping
  • Series Producer: Norma Percy
  • Editors: Toby Marter, Scott Stevenson, Cathy Houlihan, Safi Ferrah
  • Production Co: Brook Lapping Productions
  • First shown: 15 March 2016; BBC Two

For the first time, President Obama and his inner circle tell the story of what happened when he tried to reshape America. How, when seven presidents had failed, he carried Healthcare; why he failed to close Guantanamo and to introduce gun controls; how he struggled with his Arab Spring response; how he set up secret talks to end the US freeze with Iran; and how the Tea Party almost did for him.

The Murder Detectives

The Murder Detectives

  • Director: Dave Nath
  • Producer: Bart Corp
  • Executive Producer: Neil Grant
  • Editor: Ben Brown
  • Production Co: Films of Record
  • First shown: 30 November 2015; Channel 4

Filmed over eighteen months, a three-part series broadcast on consecutive nights. With intimate and unprecedented access to the Bristol police Major Crime Unit, it follows in real time every twist and turn of a murder investigation into the stabbing of nineteen-year old, Nicholas Robinson. Shot and structured as a drama, the episodes uniquely capture the unfolding story from the time the crime was reported to the eventual conviction.

The Tribe

The Tribe

  • Directors: Paddy Wivell, Livia Simoka, Vicky Mitchell
  • Producers: Livia Simoka, Vicky Mitchell
  • Executive Producer: Harry Lansdown
  • Editors: James Gold, Sam Santana, Chris Nichols, Simon McMahon
  • Production Co: Renegade Pictures
  • First shown: 11 June 2015; Channel 4

The Channel 4 rig has moved to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley to capture family life in a tribal village. Grandfather and village elder Ayke Muko lives with his two wives and extended family in four huts. They belong to the Hamar tribe, who have opened their homestead to allow us to document the universal themes of life, including fall outs, the stress of getting married and what it means to come of age.

Evolutions BEST CONSTRUCTED DOCUMENTARY SERIES

First Dates

First Dates

  • Directors: Gilly Goshawk, Richard Mills
  • Series Editor: Martin Conway
  • Executive Producer: Nicola Lloyd
  • Series Producers: Adam Chapman, Rob Clifford
  • Editor: Mark Townsend
  • Production Co: Twenty Twenty
  • First shown: 20 February 2016; Channel 4

Following the thrills and fears of modern dating First Dates, is the Bafta award-winning, heart-warming and critically acclaimed fly-on-the-wall dating series.Each episode is a controlled fixed rig in an environment and it takes 43 cameras and a team of around 70 on location to capture the very moment when two complete strangers meet and decide whether something more might happen.

The Real Marigold Hotel

The Real Marigold Hotel

  • Director: Tom Currie
  • Executive Producers: Andrew Mackenzie-Betty, David Clews
  • Series Editor: David Vallance
  • Production Co: Twofour
  • First shown: 26 January 2016; BBC Two

Dubbed “funny and thought-provoking” and “hilarious and heart-warming…” The Real Marigold Hotel sees eight British celebrities of retirement age head off on an experiential adventure in India. Miriam Margolyes OBE, Sylvester McCoy, Wayne Sleep OBE, Roy Walker, Rosemary Shrager, Bobby George, Patti Boulaye OBE and Jan Leeming made up the colourful cast.

SAS Who Dares Wins

SAS Who Dares Wins

  • Directors: Production team
  • Production Co: Minnow Films
  • First shown: 1 January 2016; Channel 4

A series which reveals the secrets of the world’s most physically challenging and psychologically demanding military entrance process: SAS selection. The MoD has said it will never allow Selection to be filmed. But in this series, a group of ex-Special Forces personnel take 30 ordinary men through a compressed version of the course. Shot with minimal interference the recruits spend eight intensive days isolated from the outside world.

Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds

Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds

  • Directors: Teresa Watkins, Emily Lawson, Nicola Brown
  • Executive Producer: Teresa Watkins
  • Series Producer: Emily Lawson
  • Editor: Reva Childs, Mark Knowles, Paul Van Dyke, Brett Irwin, Alex Muggleton, Andrew Quigley, Dave Pearson
  • Production Co: RDF Television
  • First shown: 1 January 2016; Channel 4

What happens when over fifty 4, 5 and 6 year olds meet each other for the very first time on a holiday camp with every single child close mic’d to capture every tussle, every whisper and all the raw emotion of life in the playground? This series picks up the baton of the popular pilot, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, and moves it on using the full drama of the documentary rig.

Bertha DocHouse BEST CINEMA DOCUMENTARY

Amy

Amy

  • Director: Asif Kapadia
  • Producer: James Gay-Rees
  • Executive Producers: David Joseph, Adam Barker
  • Editor: Chris King
  • Production Co: On The Corner
  • First shown: 3 July 2015; General theatrical release

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era.

Cartel Land

Cartel Land

  • Director: Matthew Heineman
  • Producer: Tom Yellin
  • Executive Producers: Molly Thompson, David McKillop, Robert Debitetto
  • Editors: Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann
  • First shown: 4 September 2015; General theatrical release

With unprecedented access, Cartel Land is a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

  • Director: Alex Gibney
  • Producers: Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Kristen Vaurio
  • Executive Producers: Sheila Nevins for HBO, Chris Wilson for Sky Atlantic
  • Editor: Andrew Grieve
  • Production Co: Jigsaw Productions
  • First shown: 26 June 2015; General theatrical release

Based on the acclaimed book by Lawrence Wright Going Clear intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion. Critically acclaimed, and winner of three Emmy awards, a Peabody award, and a DuPont Columbia Award in the US, the film’s UK television premiere on Sky Atlantic drew more viewers than any documentary since 2012.

The Look Of Silence

The Look Of Silence

  • Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, co-director: Anonymous
  • Producer(s): Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • Executive Producers: Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer
  • Editor: Niels Pagh Andersen
  • First shown: 12 June 2015; General theatrical release

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother's murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

Channel 4 BEST NEWCOMER DOCUMENTARY

16 Years Till Summer

16 Years Till Summer

  • Director: Lou McLoughlan
  • Producer: Lauren Fox
  • Production Co: Loumclou Films
  • First shown: 6 June 2015; Sheffield Doc/Fest

Uisdean wants forgiveness. After prison, he’s released to the Highlands to balance crofting dreams against obligations to nurse his father. But it takes an extraordinary love story to elude accusations in a film which switches seamlessly between two portraits of the same man: carer and murderer. 16 Years Till Summer pits euphoric hope against documented tragedy in a film about what gets sacrificed when people need to see the best in each other. A redemption interrupted, in the Highlands of Scotland.

Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction

Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction

  • Director/Producer: Phillip Wood
  • Executive Producer: Peter Dale, Jane Treays
  • Editor: Ollie Huddleston
  • Production Co: Rare Day
  • First shown: 10 April 2016; BBC Three

This original and compelling documentary depicts one father’s long-term struggle with heroin addiction, told through the uniquely intimate perspective of his son. After years of acrimony and estrangement, the film-maker Phillip Wood seeks out his father to try and understand what’s happened to him. But his father is now seriously ill and over the next few months Phillip’s visits force both to confront some uncomfortable truths about their past

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

  • Director: Adam Benzine
  • Producers: Adam Benzine, Kimberley Warner, Alex Ordanis, Halim Benzine, Kelsey Irvine
  • Executive Producer: Nick Fraser
  • Editors: Tiffany Beaudin, Petra Valier
  • Production Co: Jet Black Iris Productions UK, Jet Black Iris Corporation, Jet Black Iris America LLC
  • First shown: 6 June 2015; Sheffield Doc/Fest

"Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah" sees the 90-year-old French iconoclast reflecting on the trials and tribulations he faced during the 12-year journey to make his Holocaust masterpiece "Shoah." In addition to the challenges of tracking down Nazi officials and traumatized death camp survivors, the filmmaker also discusses fighting in the French Resistance as a teenager, his relationship with philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his hopes and expectations for the future.

Where You're Meant To Be

Where You're Meant To Be

  • Director/Producer: Paul Fegan
  • Executive Producers: Stewart Henderson, Sonja Henrici, Mark Thomas, 422.tv
  • Editor: David Arthur
  • Production Co: Better Days
  • First shown: 19 February 2016; Glasgow Film Festival

Cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat, best known for his lyrics about sex, drugs and male anxiety, decides to rewrite and perform Scotland’s oldest songs. The only thing standing in his way is a 79-year-old force of nature and travelling balladeer called Sheila Stewart. He believes these songs are ripe for updating. She does not.

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Coalville Gold

Coalville Gold

  • Director/Producer: Ross Bolidai
  • Editor: Meredith Mantik
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 23 February 2016; University/College screening

Coal has long gone from Coalville. Left of this once thriving Leicestershire town are young men like Stevie Gold, who dream of glory in an economically crippled community. Once a hardened criminal, Stevie finds redemption and fame through bare knuckle boxing. When he breaks his hand, loses the love of his life and is challenged to a rematch against a far more experienced fighter, he has only his family to lead him to victory.

The Pacemaker

The Pacemaker

  • Director: Selah Hennessy
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 23 February 2016; University/College screening

At 95 years old, Charles Eugster dreams of becoming a world champion sprinter. He’s never sprinted before in his life, but with help from his coach, Sylvia, he begins training for the 100 metre dash. The goal is to win gold at the World Masters Athletics Championship in Lyon, France.

The Sunflower Inn

The Sunflower Inn

  • Director: Miriam Ernst
  • Editor: Dennis Mabry
  • Production Co: National Film and Television School
  • First shown: 23 February 2016; University/College screening

"La Locanda dei Girasoli" (The Sunflower Inn) in Rome serves great food. But there is one difference from other Roman pizzerias: most of the staff have Down's Syndrome. This 40-minute film observes a special corner of the Italian capital where ordinary human beings achieve the extraordinary.

Women in Sink

Women in Sink

  • Director/Producer: Iris Zaki
  • Editor: Tal Cicurel
  • Production Co: Royal Holloway, University of London
  • First shown: 15 November 2015; UK Jewish Film Festival, London Short Film Festival

In a little hair salon owned by a Christian Arab in Haifa, Israel, the director installs a minimalist film set over the washing-basin, where she chats with the clients she is shampooing. She thus paints an unexpected choral portrait of this space that provides temporary freedom, where Arab and Jewish women share their differences and a community of views on politics, history and love.

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ADAM PEARSON for Adam Pearson: Freak Show & The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime

ADAM PEARSON for Adam Pearson: Freak Show & The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime

  • Directors: Nick Poyntz, Sophie Binyon
  • Production Co: betty
  • First shown: 19 January 2016; BBC Three

Actor and presenter Adam Pearson explores the world of freak shows and meets people who use their medical conditions to educate, entertain and make money in Adam Pearson: Freak Show. In The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime he challenges people into questioning their attitudes towards disability and disfigurement and finds out why disability hate crime is under reported. Adam has neurofibromatosis - a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours to grow on his face.

DAVID OLUSOGA for Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

DAVID OLUSOGA for Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

  • Directors: James Van Der Pool, Ben Crichton
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 15 July 2015; BBC Two

When Britain abolished slavery in 1834, the government compensated the slave owners for the loss of their ‘property’ with the equivalent of £17bn. The slaves received nothing. In partnership with University College London, historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain’s forgotten slave owners. Forensically examining the compensation records, he reveals the surprising range of people who owned slaves, the scale of the slavery business, and tragic human cost of this chapter in our nation's history.

LOUIS THEROUX for Louis Theroux: Drinking To Oblivion

LOUIS THEROUX for Louis Theroux: Drinking To Oblivion

  • Director: Tom Barrow
  • Series Producer: Jamie Pickup
  • Production Co: BBC Studios
  • First shown: 24 April 2016; BBC Two

On his return to Britain, Louis Theroux spends time at King’s College Hospital where he immerses himself in the lives of patients in the grips of alcohol addiction and the medical staff trying to make them better. The patients Louis meets are drinking to the point of self-destruction, and the relationship he forms with them provides new insight into the emotional, psychological and social causes of alcoholism, and the physical toll of extreme alcohol abuse.

PAUL MAYHEW-ARCHER for Parkinson's: The Funny Side

PAUL MAYHEW-ARCHER for Parkinson's: The Funny Side

  • Director: Jane Goddard
  • Production Co: BBC South
  • First shown: 7 March 2016; BBC One

Comedy script writer Paul Mayhew-Archer who co-wrote the Vicar of Dibley goes in search of treatments and a cure for the disease he was diagnosed with 5 years ago.Starting with a trip to the supermarket to stock up on the chocolate Paul's convinced replaces the lost dopamine in his brain and including a meeting with a fellow sufferer almost cured with deep brain stimulation, a new approach to a medical documentary.

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