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

Posted by er134 at Mar 20, 2014 03:15 PM |
Channel 4’s inside story on the Dig for Richard III by University of Leicester archaeologists scoops Royal Television Society award

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 March 2014

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 Productions, ‘Richard III: The 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 University of Leicester 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.

Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist in the Richard III dig, accepted the award along with Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society, presenter Simon Farnaby and Executive Producers of Darlow Smithson Productions, Julian Ware and Simon Young. The documentary was based on the original Looking For Richard Project devised and developed by Philippa Langley.

Richard Buckley said: “I am absolutely delighted that Darlow Smithson Productions and Channel 4 have been honoured in this way.  Never before has one of our excavations been followed from start to finish by TV cameras and it is a great credit to the production team that they managed to convey in the film the excitement we all felt as the project unfolded, culminating in the startling discovery of Richard III’s grave in September 2012.”

‘Richard III: The King in the Car Park’; Darlow Smithson for Channel 4 beat nominees, ‘Secrets From The Workhouse’; Wall To Wall for ITV and ‘The Story Of The Jews’; An Oxford Film & Television Production for BBC and THIRTEEN in association with WNET for BBC Two to win the coveted History award.

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

For more information visit: http://www.rts.org.uk/winners-announced-rts-programme-awards-2013

  • 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.

 

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For more information contact Richard Buckley on rjb16@leicester.ac.uk

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