Established in 1972, the Grierson Awards, also known at the British Documentary Awards, are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.
The two-part series We Are Black and British brought six black Britons from very different backgrounds and viewpoints together under one roof, at a time when race and racism in the UK has sparked a nationwide discussion about what needs to change. Each shares a deeply personal story, raising tough questions about being black and British.
Awarding the programme as the “Best Constructed Documentary Series”, the judges noted that “this film allowed us to learn something new and insightful from the well-cast characters in the series. The thought-provoking questions and personal stories shared through the programme’s central device provided a valuable platform for debate about insufficiently explored issues – with surprising moments shining through.”