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Jimmy Savile and 7/7 films up for new documentary award

Image caption ITV's Savile documentary generated enormous media coverage

Programmes about disgraced broadcaster Jimmy Savile and the London bombings of July 2005 are up for a prize at 2013's Grierson British Documentary Awards.

BBC Two film 7/7: One Day in London and ITV's Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile are among the six documentaries up for the new Reader's Choice Award.

Others in contention include Channel 4's Lifers and BBC Three's Our War.

The Secret History of Our Streets and Inside Claridge's, both broadcast on BBC Two, round out the shortlist.

Sponsored by the Radio Times, the award will be the first in the event's 40-year history to be decided by a public vote.

Voting closes on 25 October, with the winner announced at this year's ceremony on 4 November.

First shown on 2 July 2012; 7/7: One Day in London spoke to more than 50 people affected by the bombings about how their lives had been changed by their experiences.

Shown on 3 October 2012, ITV's Exposure programme generated huge media coverage with its allegation that Savile was a sexual predator who preyed on young girls.

Lifers saw the Cutting Edge team meet convicted killers at Gartree Prison in Leicestershire, while Our War explored life on the frontline in Afghanistan through films shot by soldiers.

The other two nominees looked at life on six socially diverse London streets and behind the scenes at a five-star Mayfair hotel respectively.

"The Grierson Awards are the highest accolade a documentary maker can receive," said Dawn Airey, chair of the Grierson Trust.

"This shortlist represents some of the best documentary films of the year and choosing between such a range of films is going to be a tough call."

The awards commemorate pioneering Scottish film-maker John Grierson and were established in 1972, the year of his death.

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