The Cumbrian Murders: The Untold Story has won the RTS North East and Border award for Best Current Affairs Programme.
Transmitted in the wake of Derrick Bird’s horrifying massacre in early 2010, the film featured interviews with eye witnesses and victims of the shooting – and tried to piece together Bird’s journey of terror. It also included an interview with forensic psychologist, Prof. David Canter – as well as a former senior officer from Cumbria Police, members of the gun control lobby and the former Mayor of Hungerford, scene of a previous spree killing in 1987. The programme aired on the Discovery Channel.
At the RTS Awards ceremony on Saturday 12th March, the film’s Producer/Director, Christian Hills, collected the award with Co-Executive Producer Andrew Sheldon and Director of Photography, Mark Stokes. Also on the shortlist was another True North production, Stealing Shakespeare.
Andrew Sheldon said “It’s an honour to win such a prestigious award in a part of the country with a long and proud record of making great television programmes”.
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