The 2006 British Documentary Awards were presented at The Royal Geographical Society, London on Friday, 17 November. Rageh Omaar presented the awards, which were televised by BBC Four for the fifth successive year.

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Winners

  • Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue

    Asylum

    Asylum
    Director:
    Peter Gordon
    Producer:
    Amanda Richardson
    Production Cº:
    BBC
    BBC Four
  • Best Documentary on the Arts

    Take That For The Record

    Take That For The Record
    Director/Producer:
    David Notman-Watt
    Production Cº:
    talkbackTHAMES in association with Syco TV
    ITV1
  • Best Historical Documentary

    How Vietnam Was Lost (Two Days In October)

    How Vietnam Was Lost (Two Days In October)
    Director/Producer:
    Robert Kenner
    Production Cº:
    Robert Kenner Films
    BBC One
  • Best Documentary on Science or the Natural World

    The Natural World: The Queen of Trees

    The Natural World: The Queen of Trees
    Directors/Producers:
    Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble
    Production Cº:
    Flat Dog Productions
    BBC Two
  • The Frontier Post Award for Most Entertaining Documentary

    Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares: Prog 3 - Momma Cherri’s

    Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares: Prog 3 - Momma Cherri’s
    Producer:
    Christine Hall
    Production Cº:
    Optomen Television
    Channel 4
  • Best Drama Documentary

    The Year London Blew Up

    The Year London Blew Up
    Director:
    Edmund Coulthard
    Producer:
    Mark Hayhurst
    Writer:
    Mark Hayhurst
    Production Cº:
    Blast Films
    Channel 4
  • Best Documentary Series

    Russian Godfathers

    Russian Godfathers
    Director:
    Patrick Forbes
    Producer:
    Jo Durden-Smith
    Production Cº:
    Oxford Film & Television Ltd
    BBC Two
  • UK Film Council Award for Best Cinema Documentary

    Storyville: Darwin’s Nightmare

    Storyville: Darwin’s Nightmare
    Director:
    Hubert Sauper
    Producers:
    Hubert Sauper and others
    Production Cº:
    Mille et Une, Coop 99 & Saga Film
    BBC Four
  • The Bloomberg Award For Best Newcomer

    Disabled and Looking for Love

    Disabled and Looking for Love
    Director:
    Clare Richards
    Production Cº:
    Lambent Productions
    BBC Three
  • Trustees' Award

    The Grierson Trust was delighted to present the Trustees' Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to the art of documentary, to Mike Salisbury.
    Mike was born in March 1942 and brought up in Hertfordshire, where as a teenager he developed a passion for photographing the countryside and a taste for watching nature documentaries on T.V. After a spell in Swaziland for V.S.O he started his own television career at the BBC in London, working as a Research Assistant on the early Michael Parkinson chat shows and on films for the Tuesday Documentary series. He then had a two-year spell as a researcher for Horizon before moving, in 1974, to the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, where he was on the staff for over thirty years.