The BBC has dominated the final shortlist for the 44th Grierson Awards, picking up 27 nominations including all four presenter nominees.
The awards will see four presenters and 52 films, tackling subjects from Ebola and the Syrian civil war to Lego and the poetry of Ted Hughes, fight it out for one of the most prestigious prizes in documentary filmmaking.
The BBC secured the most nominations with Tenfoot Films’ Storyville: A Syrian Love Story, Lapping Production’s Inside Obama’s White House and Minnow Films’ The Detectives among the shows recognised.
The coropation also picked up all four presenter nominations with Adam Pearson, David Olusoga, Louis Theroux and Paul Mayhew-Archer singled out.
True Vision’s My Son the Jihadi, First Dates and SAS: Who Dares Wins made up three of Channel 4’s 10 nominations while ITV picked up two nominations for 7 Wonder’s Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America and Fuse Films’ Exposure: Jihad: A British Story. Channel 5’s Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild was also recognised.
23 female directors were recognised across a number of categories including best constructed documentary series which singled out First Dates, The Real Marigold Hotel, SAS Who Dares Wins and Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Years Old.
Chairman of the Grierson Trust, Lorraine Heggessey said: “Every year I’m bowled over by the skill, talent and dedication demonstrated in our nominated films and 2016 is no exception.”
“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.”
The awards will be presented by comedian Jon Culshaw on 7 November.