2016 Award Winners
The winners of the 2016 Sandford St Martin Awards were announced during a special ceremony held at Lambeth Palace on 8 June 2016.
TV Award Winner
My Son the Jihadi
In 2011, Sally Evans made a devastating discovery: her son Thomas had left their home in a Buckinghamshire village and travelled to Somalia to join a deadly Islamist terrorist group. Made byTrue Vision Productions for Channel 4, this powerful documentary was, in the words of one of our judges “I wish I had made it myself”. The Telegraph’s TV critic said it was “a stunningly sad, detailed and dignified portrait of a devastated mother, and a masterful piece of television”.
Baz the Lost Muslim
The second part of Irish TV personality, Baz Ashmawy’s timely, compelling and entertaining personal journey into Islam – the faith of his late Egyptian father, into which he, himself, was born, but which he has never really understood.
Children’s Award Winner
The Boy on the Bicycle (My Life)
Ahmed is like any other boy his age, except he’s had to leave everything behind, including his toys and technology, to move to one of the biggest refugee camps in the world – Zaatari in Jordan. Life in Zaatari is nothing compared to home. When the Syrian civil war began in 2012 his family had to abandon their affluent lives and, with thousands of others, flee across the border to the Zaatari camp for safety. Now living in a storage container for a home after his house was destroyed in the civil war, he has lived in Zaatari for three years, along with 80,000 other refugees, who can’t leave the camp without permission. As Ahmed cycles around the five mile square camp he introduces us to some of the other inspirational children who live there and we see the reality of life in a refugee camp from the unique point of view of a child.
Mr Alzheimer’s and Me
Mr Alzheimers And Me follows three young people who tell their very personal stories of living with grandparents who have dementia. Ella, Hope and Joshua have one thing in common, they all have a grandparent with dementia. But you don’t stop loving your grandparents just because they are ill and sometimes don’t remember you, so the three children each decide to do something to help. The Chair of the 2016 Sandford Children’s Award judges, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce said “the programme featured some of the most compelling characters I’ve ever seen on television”.
Radio Times Faith Award
Call the Midwide (Series 4, Episode 5)
In this episode of the popular BBC One drama following the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s, Sister Julienne’s faith is challenged when a mother refuses medicine for her newborn baby. Dr Turner’s involvement in the case forces him to face his own demons. Meanwhile Barbara must work out a way to communicate with a pregnant Sylheti woman.