BBC Three celebrates two prestigious awards for hard-hitting current affairs programmes
I am so incredibly proud of these two outstanding films. The prestigious awards they've won just go to show that BBC Three is unrivalled at producing world-class current affairs programmes for a young audience."Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
BBC Three film Exposed: Groomed For Sex has won a prestigious RTS North West Award for Best Network Current Affairs programme. This hard-hitting documentary was a personal journey by presenter Adil Ray, who went behind the headlines to discover how seriously his own British Pakistani community takes the recent cases of underage girls being groomed for sex by Asian men. The programme was made by the BBC's in-house Religion and Ethics department. The Director/producer is Fran Baker, the Executive Producer, Tommy Nagra.
The second award is for Escape From The World's Most Dangerous Place, which has won Best TV Feature/Documentary at the Foreign Press Association’s Awards. A powerful documentary following 21-year-old model Samira as she returns to Somalia - the country her family fled when she was three. As she rediscovers her roots, Samira experiences the harsh realities of the homeland she never knew, from the haunting beauty of the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu, and the daily struggle for survival in the refugee camps where she spent her earliest years, to an unforgettable confrontation with the 'cutters', women who carry out Female Genital Mutilation on young girls - including their own. The film was made by BBC Current Affairs, Salford and is narrated by Scarlett Johansson, presented by Samira Hashi. The Director/Producer is Steph Atkinson, the Executive Producer is Rob Unsworth.
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, said: "I am so incredibly proud of these two outstanding films. The prestigious awards they've won just go to show that BBC Three is unrivalled at producing world-class current affairs programmes for a young audience. No other channel would or could bring such important subjects to the attention of 16-34s in Britain today."
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