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Entries for the second Grierson ‘Hero of the Year’, backed by Talent Manager, have been extended to 12 September as the Trust unveils this year’s programme and presenter nominations.

The award recognises an individual in any role and at any level of factual TV who has made a positive impact within the TV industry between June 2021 and May 2022.

Last year’s inaugural award was bestowed upon line producer and head of production Serena Kennedy[main picture], who worked on Channel 4’s George Floyd series Take Your Knee Off My Neck, Edgar Wright's cinema doc The Sparks Brothers and BBC/Apple TV+ co-pro 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room, which is in the running for this year’s best single documentary (international).

Nominate your hero here.

The BBC leads the way in this year’s Grierson Awards with 42 nominations, ahead of Netflix (14), Channel 4 (12), Sky (9) and ITV (7).

The shortlist for best documentary series includes Blast! Films’ Channel 4 two-parter Jeremy Kyle: Death in Daytime and three BBC series - Uprising (Rogan Productions/Lammas Park/Turbine Studios), Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution (BBC Studios) and Gazza (Haviland Digital/Mark Stewart Productions/Western Edge Pictures).

They are up against titles from National Geographic (72 Films’ 9/11: One Day in America), Netflix (Raw’s The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman and Time Studios’ Kanye West series jeen-yugs: A Kanye Trilogy) and Apple TV+ (Jigsaw’s The Line: Quiet Professionals).

Uprising is one of 12 titles picking up two nominations, joining the likes of Uplands TV’s Channel 5 series 1000 Years a Slave and True Vision/Nevision’s ITV doc The Missing Children in the best history documentary category.

Titles making the best single documentary (domestic) shortlist including BBC Studios’ C4 doc Grenfell: The Untold Story, BBC Panorama doc The Post Office Scandal and Angel Eye Media’s C4 doc Nikki Grahame: Who is She?.

Three Sky Documentaries films make the international single doc list: Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes (Top Hat Productions), Dying to Divorce (Dying to Divorce Ltd) and Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11 (Yard 44/NBC News Studios).

The Griersons will whittle these nominations down to a tight shortlist on 21st September ahead of the ceremony on 10th November.

See a full list of nominees here

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