CBBC's Marrying Mum and Dad wins Stonewall's 2013 Broadcast of the Year Award
Director, BBC Academy and BBC Birmingham
Last night, CBBC's Marrying Mum and Dad became the first children's show to be named Broadcast of the Year at the Stonewall Awards. It was recognised for its 'sensitive and moving portrayal' of three children planning the civil partnership of their adoptive parents.
Here at BBC Children's we always try to reflect what life is like for children across the UK. We know that many children live in families that aren't necessarily made up of a mum and dad and believe it's important to show a diverse range of families on screen to make sure our programmes are relevant to all children and their families.
Marrying Mum and Dad is about kids organising their parents weddings and the adults don't get any say in what goes on! The episode that won this award features three adopted children who wanted to say thank you to their two dads by organising the civil partnership they had put on hold to raise their kids. It was perfect for a series where all the kids want to have fun but also, more importantly, want to show their parents how much they appreciate and love them.
CBBC and CBeebies are both committed to producing programmes that empower children and celebrate families which is why I am so proud of this particular programme. No young person should have to suffer from homophobic bullying which is why I think we have an especially critical role to play in producing programmes such as this.
Joe Godwin is Director, BBC Children's