True North’s intriguing documentary Mystery of the Man on the Moor collected the Best TV Programme award in last night’s O2 Media Awards – Yorkshire.
The 1 x 60′ documentary for Channel 4 had exclusive access to the year-long investigation by detectives from Greater Manchester Police as they attempted to identify an unknown man found dead on Saddleworth Moor in 2015.
The man was poorly dressed for the weather and carried few clues to identify him – no phone, no wallet, no passport or driving licence – just a train ticket from London to Manchester.
With previously unseen footage of key moments of discovery, the film included moving interviews with the man’s family and former girlfriend who, despite extensive media coverage both at home and abroad, had no idea he was missing.
After painstaking enquiries that stretched from Oldham to Pakistan, detectives eventually discovered his identity and the possible reason for his lonely death on the moors.
Andrew Sheldon, True North’s Creative Director and Executive Producer on Mystery of the Man on the Moor, said: “This was a story that resonated with people in modern Britain, especially given that we live in an age where it’s almost impossible to be anonymous and disappear.
“It was a fascinating tale brilliantly told by the team and we are thrilled it has won an O2 Media Award.”
Collecting the award for True North on the night were Andrew Sheldon, Producer Director Sarah Hey, Director of Photography Mark Stokes and Production Manager Rachel Fish, joined by Detective Sergeant John Coleman and Detective Constables Nichola Chapman & Kelly Bragg from Greater Manchester Police.
The O2 Media Awards are the biggest regional media awards in the UK.
More than 200 journalists and media executives attended last night’s ceremony in Leeds hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin.
Mystery of the Man on the Moor is available to watch on demand via the Channel 4 website:
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