Leicester claims victory at top television awards ceremony

Posted by er134 at Oct 31, 2014 01:15 PM |
'The Harms of Hate' film wins Royal Television Award ahead of leading broadcasters
Leicester claims victory at top television awards ceremony

L-R Dr Neil Chakraborti, Hannah Tucker, Stevie Jade Hardy, Hayley Evans and Jon Shears

Our Creative Services Team has won the Royal Television Award for Best Factual Programme for 'The Harms of Hate' at The Royal Television Society Midlands Awards 2014, held on Thursday 30 October.

'The Harms of Hate' was produced as part of the Leicester Hate Crime Project in the Department of Criminology and showcases the stories of seven people living in Leicester who have been victimised because of who they are. The participants come from a range of backgrounds and have been victimised for different reasons. Despite these differences however, they have all suffered significant emotional and physical harm as a result of their experiences.

The team beat off stiff competition from the likes of Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies and Super Size Vs Super-skinny, BBC 2's Speed with Guy Martin, and other well-known television programmes.The Best Factual Programme category had a whopping 11 nominations - the largest of the awards ceremony.

The night of glitz and glamour also saw BBC's Father Brown winning Best TV Drama and BBC East Midlands Today's Jeremy Ball winning Television Journalist of the Year.

Hayley Evans, Director of 'The Harms of Hate' said, "I'm incredibly honoured and shocked to have even been nominated, let alone to win the award. To have the opportunity to represent the University at the Royal Television Awards is an experience I will never forget!"

Hannah Tucker, Producer of the film, described how she felt when the results were announced: "I was utterly shocked. I simply couldn't believe it when our name was read out. What an amazing night. I feel so honoured and proud to have been part of such an amazing project."

Dr Neil Chakraborti and Stevie Jade Hardy from our Department of Criminology and founders of the Leicester Hate Crime Project said: "We are delighted to win this award not least because it is a fitting tribute to the victims who were brave enough to share their stories of everyday hate and hostility within this film. The film has been used as an educational tool within schools, prisons and a range of other environments, and we look forward to developing similar innovative resources as part of our ongoing work at the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies."

You can watch the team collecting their award here from 2:47 mins

You can watch the award-winning 'The Harms of Hate' below: