Sandford St. Martin Trust

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The Sandford St. Martin Trust is a United Kingdom-based religious charity. It was established in 1978 and promotes excellence in religious broadcasting.[1][2] Each year the Trust holds an awards ceremony for outstanding achievement in religious broadcasting. The awards ceremony is held at Lambeth Palace where prize money of approximately £10,000 is awarded to winners. Categories have included radio, TV, and a Local and Community Award (made in 2014). In 2015 the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards introduced a new childrens category for content aimed at under-18s which improves young people's understanding of religion or which introduces them to moral or ethical issues.

The Sandford St Martin Trust also administer a joint "Readers' Award" with the Radio Times for a programme chosen by readers of that magazine.

The Trust is administered by up to twelve trustees. The current chair is the Rt Reverend Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds. Trustees include the broadcasters Roger Bolton and Torin Douglas MBE.

2014 Awards[edit]

TV and Radio Times double award winner: The Story of the Jews made by Oxford Film and Television for BBC2. The series, which was presented by Simon Schama, looked at 3,000 years of Jewish history. It considered what defined the ancient Jews and how that identity has stood the test of time, and evolved, despite war, invasion, deportation, enslavement, exile and assimilation. The winning episode, ‘Over the Rainbow’, looked in particular at the shtetl as a hub of Jewish culture, and its impact on the world. Runners up were A Very British Ramadan, produced by Watershed Productions for Channel 4, and Hillsborough – Never Forgotten, produced by BBC Religion & Ethics for BBC2.

Radio Award: I Have a Dream Produced by BBC Scotland Features for BBC Radio 4, ‘I Have a Dream’ brought together well-known personalities to read portions of the famous speech delivered by Martin Luther King in 1963. Those involved in the programme included: the late Maya Angelou, American author and Civil Rights activist; Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered British teenager Stephen Lawrence; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and Stevie Wonder, American musician, singer and songwriter. The runner up was Married for a Minute, produced by the BBC Asian Network.

Local, Community and Online Award: Sounds Jewish: The Jewish Revival in Poland Produced by JW3: Jewish Community Centre for London and published as a podcast on It told the story of Denise Grollmus’ journey to Poland to search out her ancestral roots.

Sandford St Martin Personal Award: Melvyn Bragg Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg was awarded the Personal Award for his work, over many decades, which has put religion at the heart of human experience and, through his exploration of it, enriched public discussion and understanding.

Sandford St Martin Trustees' Award: Sir John Tavener The work of the late Sir John Tavener was posthumously recognised with the Trustees’ Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution his music has made to building bridges between people of all faiths and none, and of raising spiritual awareness generally. Sir Nicholas Kenyon pictured here received the award on his behalf.

Television Awards[edit]



  • Premier Award: Greater Love Hath No Man – BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC1
  • Runner-up: Art & SoulBBC Scotland and TV Factual Aberdeen for BBC2 Scotland
  • Merit Award: The Convent – BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC1
  • Merit Award: Every Parent’s Nightmare – BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC1


  • Premier Award: 7/7: A Test of FaithGranada Factual North for ITV1
  • Runner-up: Priest Idol – Diverse (Bristol) in association with Jerusalem Productions for Channel 4
  • Merit Award: Tsunami: Where Was God? – 3BM for Channel 4
  • Merit Award: The MonasteryTiger Aspect in association with Jerusalem Productions for BBC2


  • Premier Award: Victim 0001 – CTVC for ITV1
  • Runner-Up: Children of Abraham – 3BM Television for Channel 4
  • Merit Award: Karbala – City of MartyrsITN for Channel 4
  • Merit Award: Jointly awarded to Jesus Who? – BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC1 and The Battle for Britain’s Soul – BBC Religion and Ethics for BBC2


Radio Awards[edit]




  • Premier Award: The Rainbow Through the Rain – Premier Christian Radio
  • Runner-Up: Singing from a New Hymn Sheet from the series Crossing ContinentsBBC Radio 4



  1. ^ Dowell, Ben (2 May 2007). "High praise for BBC religion shows". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  2. ^ Coppen, Luke (8 May 2004). "Faith in Brief". The Times (London). Retrieved 22 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Religious Television Awards 2008". Sandford St. Martin Trust. 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 

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