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North East & The Border Centre, RTS AWARDS 2005

Category 2: BEST FACTUAL PROGRAMME (over 50K per hour)

Winner:
THE 100 GREATEST WAR FILMS
Produced and Directed by Mark Murray and Helen Spencer

Granada Factual North for Channel 4


(l to r) Helen Spencer, Margaret Fay (Chair, ONENorthEast). Mark Murray

Compared with the high number of entries for the 'Factual, up to 50K' category, there were far fewer factual programmes made in the region for higher budgets. Nevertheless, we hope to see more entries into this new higher budget category in future years, as our North East companies win new business through initiatives like the broadcasters' regional funds.

From a small number of entries, two in particular caught the panel's interest.

MICHAEL ROSEN'S TREASURY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE produced by Mick Grogen of Different Ltd, celebrated the opening of the first-ever Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle. It was an interesting and well-crafted documentary, enthusiastically presented by the poet Michael Rosen enhanced by good camera work and visual illustrations.

THE 100 GREATEST WAR FILMS made by the Newcastle-based team of Granada Factual North was a 6-hour marathon of fantastic clips and exclusive interviews which kept the viewer watching and waiting for more. It was well edited and scripted, giving the viewer interesting and curious facts about the making of the 100 films, supported by recollections from both cast and crew. The producers secured some very high profile interviews with major players, including the late Sir John Mills.

The judges agreed that for sheer entertainment value the award for BEST FACTUAL PRODUCTION OVER 50K (which also receives the OneNorthEast trophy) should go to THE 100 GREATEST WAR FILMS produced and directed by Mark Murray and Helen Spencer.