The first series of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute is in the running for its second prestigious TV honour in seven months at this week’s Broadcast Awards (Wednesday, 2 February).
The flagship maternity documentary, filmed at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital over the period of a month and aired in eight one-hour episodes early last year, will battle it out with five other nominees to be named best documentary series.
The shortlisting follows on from a win for the series at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards in June, where it scooped best factual series.
Integrated with an extensive online initiative at www.channel4.com/born, the first series of One Born Every Minute saw more than 3.5 million people tune in to follow the stories of patients such as Joy Schietroma and her husband Fabio, both 40, who had been trying for a baby for five years when their fifth round of IVF was successful and Joy went on to give birth to Ellie.
The success of the series led to Channel 4 and production company Dragonfly returning to Southampton to film a festive special broadcast – One Born at Christmas – and a second series, which began on 10 January.
Maria Dore, head of midwifery at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It has been a remarkable past two years for maternity services in Southampton, as we have been able to invite people across the country and further afield for a unique insight into our profession.
“It is a credit to everyone involved – the production team, patients and their families and our excellent staff – that the first series was such a success and continues to go on being recognised at the highest levels and we hope the second series goes on to reach the same heights.”
*The new series of One Born Every Minute continues tonight (Monday) at 9pm on Channel 4.
Posted on Monday 31 January 2011