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Sandford St Martin Awards

The Sandford St Martin Trust is calling for entries to the UK’s most prestigious awards for radio, TV and online content exploring religious, spiritual or ethical themes.

Applications are encouraged from news, current affairs, drama, music, arts, children's and comedy genres, as well as from specifically 'religious' commissions.  Stephen Fry’s controversial interview for RTE in which he denounced God as “utterly evil, capricious and monstrous” was one of the programmes shortlisted for an Award in 2016.

Defending the place of programmes that challenge as well as support faith among those recognized by the Awards, Anna McNamee, Executive Secretary of the Trust said: "Religion plays a key role in some of the world's biggest issues today.  Through recognising programmes that effectively explore those big questions encompassed by religion and ethics, who we are and why we're here, the Sandford St Martin Awards aim to highlight the growing importance of understanding people from all perspectives."

Last year 'The Boy on the Bicycle' for the CBBC 'My Life' series won the prize. In announcing the winner, Children's Jury Chair, author and broadcaster Frank Cottrell Boyce, made this eloquent and thoughtful speech exploring why we need to tackle the big subjects for the younger audience.

The deadline for entries is Friday 3 February 2017. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday, June 7th 2017.

Enter here.  For more information contact: Anna McNamee

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