Second prize for BBC Scotland documentary in religious programming awards

A THREE-part documentary on the relationship between art and religion, produced by BBC Scotland, has finished runner-up in an awards ceremony celebrating “excellence in religious programmes”.

Art & Soul, presented by Richard Holloway, took second prize in the Sandford St Martin Trust awards.

It finished behind Greater Love Hath No Man, produced by the in-house BBC religion and ethics department in England, and which told the story of 260 people in a Derbyshire village, suffering from the plague in 1665, and who decided to confine themselves so that disease wouldn’t spread.

Said Roger Laughton, deputy chair of the British Film Institute and chair of this year’s Sandford St Martin Trust judging panel: “It was beautifully and movingly told – a story about faith, love, sacrifice and resurrection as relevant for today’s world as it was over 300 years ago.”

The Sandford St Martin Trust was set up in 1978 to encourage excellence in religious broadcasting and each year gives awards to both radio and television programmes.