Princess Anne Hospital documentary up for second BAFTA award

Mother and baby

The second series of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute is following in the footsteps of the first after being nominated for a prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award.

The flagship maternity documentary, filmed at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital over six weeks and aired in 12 one-hour episodes earlier this year, will battle it out with three other nominees to claim the best factual series crown for the second year running.

The team will rub shoulders with some of the UK's biggest screen names at the glitzy bash at London's Grosvenor House next month.

In addition to last year's win, the shortlisting, which pits the programme against Channel 4's Coppers, BBC One's The Young Ones and BBC Two's Welcome to Lagos, follows nominations at this year's Broadcast and Royal Television Society awards.

Integrated with an online initiative at, the second series maintained the high ratings set last year with regular audiences of more than 3 million viewers in the prime time 9pm slot on Monday evenings.

Maria Dore, head of midwifery at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We have had a fantastic journey over the past three years and are so proud to have opened the door on the amazing world of midwifery that I and all the midwives and staff at the Princess Anne Hospital are able to witness each and every day to people across the UK and further afield.

"It is testament to the quality of our staff and the enthusiasm and willingness of the women and families that One Born Every Minute has been such a success and the production company Dragonfly and Channel 4 are also due huge credit for the superb way they have developed the programme. 

She added: “I am absolutely delighted the series has been nominated for such a prominent industry award for the second year running."

Posted on Wednesday 27 April 2011