‘King in the Car Park’ documentary wins top television award

Posted by er134 at Mar 20, 2014 03:25 PM |
Channel 4’s inside story on the Dig for Richard III scoops Royal Television Society award
‘King in the Car Park’ documentary wins top television award

Left to right: Julian Ware (Executive Producer, Darlow Smithson Productions), Philippa Langley (Richard III Society), Simon Farnaby (presenter) , Simon Young (Executive Producer, Darlow Smithson Productions), Richard Buckley (UoL lead archaeologist)

The winning streak for the archaeological team behind the historic discovery of King Richard III continued at the Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards, held on Tuesday 18 March.

The Channel 4 documentary by Darlow Smithson, ‘Richard III: King in the Car Park’, came out on top after being presented with the History award at the glittering ceremony hosted by comedian Tim Vine at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

The documentary followed our researchers, from the discovery of the remains to the extensive scientific tests carried out to establish its identity and was watched by 5 million viewers and is the channel’s most watched factual documentary ever.

Other winners on the night included Coronation Street, Luther actor Idris Elba and Broadchurch’s Olivia Coleman.

  • Press release
  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.