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This year's Grierson Trust Awards shortlist includes 15 titles that have each secured two places, including BBC1 single The Real Mo Farah (best sports documentary and best single documentary – domestic).

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The Real Mo Farah

BBC2 series Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland and Sky’s Dublin Narcos both score nominations in the best documentary series and best history documentary categories, while BBC Storyville’s A Bunch of Amateurs receives nods for best cinema documentary and best entertaining documentary) and Disney+ release Fire of Love is up for best cinema documentary and best natural history of environmental documentary.

The BBC leads the way with 40 nominations, followed by Netflix (17), Channel 4 (14) and Sky (11).

Vying with The Real Mo Farah for best single documentary – domesic are BBC docs Deborah James: Bowelbabe in Her Own Words and Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction, plus C4 docs A Paedophile in my Family: Surviving Dad and Lyra; Channel 5’s Anorexic; Netflix’s Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now; and Pulse Films release Name Me Lawand.

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Dublin Narcos

Doc series will be decided between the aforementioned Dublin Narcos and Once Upon a Time In Northern Ireland, plus three Sky series: Libby, Are You Home Yet?, Scouting for Girls: Fashion’s Darkest Secret, and The Man Who Played with Fire; Netflix’s FIFA Uncovered and Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey; BBC2’s Parole and The Elon Musk Show; and Amazon Prime Video’s Three Mothers, Two Babies, and a Scandal.

The shortlist will be whittled down further with final nominations released on 15 September, ahead of the awards ceremony on 9 November.

The Trust is also calling for nominations for its Hero of the Year.

Anyone can submit 500 words, backed up with two references, on their unsung hero working behind the scenes in documentary or factual TV who has made an impact in the industry in the past year.

Now in its third year, the award has previously gone to production Manager Serena Kennedy and We Are Doc Women’s Clare Richards.

Entries are due by 15 September, with the winner decided by Grierson’s trustees.

See the full shortlist here


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