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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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BBC scoops Emmys for Wild China and Storyville

Last night's 30th News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York saw the BBC win awards for both the highly-acclaimed Storyville documentary strand and for BBC Bristol's Natural History Unit six-part landmark series, Wild China.

Wild China, which explored deep into relatively undiscovered China to portray its endangered wildlife, won three awards: Outstanding Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography – Nature Documentaries category, Outstanding Editing and Outstanding Music and Sound.

Storyville also scooped three awards at the ceremony. Taxi To The Dark Side, an in-depth look at the suspicious death of an Afghan taxi driver in US custody during the War on Terror, triumphed in two separate categories – Best Documentary and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research.

The film was commissioned by Storyville's Nick Fraser and was shown on BBC Two as part of the Why Democracy? season, exploring the state of democracy in the world.

Meanwhile, The Chuck Show picked up the award in the Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming category. The film tells the compelling story of Chuck Connelly, the prodigious painter who sabotaged his career and squandered his talent rather than curb his strong opinions and unorthodox behaviour. Shot over six years, the film was acquired by Nick Fraser.

Storyville also had a successful night at the Primetime Emmy Awards on 20 September.

Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired won two awards – Outstanding Directing for Non-Fiction Programming and Outstanding Writing for Non-Fiction Programming.

The film is a perceptive and intelligent exploration of the circumstances that gave rise to Polanski's public conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor – something that has dogged the acclaimed director's career for 30 years. Executive Producer was Storyville's Greg Sanderson.

George Entwistle, Controller, BBC Knowledge Commissioning, says: "I'm delighted that the BBC's creativity and excellence in documentary film was recognised with such fantastic success at the Emmy Awards – well done to all involved."

Notes to Editors


BBC Four's international award-winning documentary strand Storyville continues to enthral audiences with diverse, eclectic mix of stories from around the world. Storyville brings its unique mark of quality to remarkable films.


Based in Bristol, UK, the NHU has been enthralling listeners and viewers around the world with its pioneering techniques to document the flora and fauna of the globe.

Its programme makers specialise in capturing the living wonders of the world and continue to find new marvels on the planet.

The unit is the world's largest wildlife television and radio production house and holds the world's largest archive of natural history film and sound recordings.

It produces around 100 hours of output a year, using a variety of formats including major landmark series, classical wildlife, animal and people documentaries and live broadcasts and presenter-led shows for adults and children.


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