Sectioned - Maverick’s highly acclaimed film for BBC Four, which followed three people on their journey through the mental health system, has been awarded the General Education Broadcast Award at the Learning on Screen Awards.
The judges highlighted Maverick’s impressive access to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK.
The film focuses on Andrew, Richard and Anthony as they battle to regain control of their lives after being sectioned, bringing into sharp focus the huge challenges faced by patients and staff alike.
Sectioned also won Best Documentary at the MIND awards in November 2010.
Embarrassing Bodies: Live has been nominated for an International Digital Emmy Award at Miptv in the Digital Programme non-fiction category. Past winners include the BBC’s Virtual Revolution and Britain From Above. This year’s winners are announced in Cannes in April.
The groundbreaking programme aired online immediately after Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4. Viewers had their questions answered, discussed their experiences and even had their conditions diagnosed by the doctors online, in real time. Embarrassing Bodies: Live pushed the boundaries, allowing the participatory audience to engage and shape the editorial agenda.
Embarrassing Bodies wins the Best Popular Factual Award at the Broadcast Awards 2011 against stiff competition including: James May’s Toy Stories, Mary Queen of Shops and Pineapple Dance Studios.
The show caught the judges’ attention because of its ongoing evolution. Maverick Television was applauded for continually revitalising the brand. Additionally, the judges thought that the multiplatform capacity ensured that Embarrassing Bodies stood out against its rivals. One judge hailed it: “A fantastic piece of public service broadcasting that just keeps evolving.”
Maverick was also shortlisted for Best Independent Production Company, but lost out to drama producer Left Bank.
Embarrassing Bodies has been commended for its creative online experience, winning the Unlocking Public Health Award at the Healthcare Engagement Strategy Awards 2011.
Maverick Television was recognised for engaging with viewers on the website, and for integrating its additional resource within the show. The website offers practical, informative health advice that complements Embarrassing Bodies’ inherent cheekiness. The judges noted how Embarrassing Bodies has “done more to reconnect people with healthcare than any other initiative.”
Maverick’s New Media team has won the Judges award for Innovation at the Royal Television Society Design and Craft Awards. The Judges said: “The winning team's work is an outstanding example of how TV and Online can successfully converge and produce innovative web content. The new media team’s work supports a range of shows including Embarrassing Bodies, How to Look Good Naked, The Real Hustle and Kirstie's Homemade Home. Embarrassing Bodies Online has been a real success with the website generating 7.5m visits since its launch and 75 million page views and one million people took online checks for STIs via the website. The department also handles online programme support for more than twenty prime time Channel 4 shows including Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location and manage major Channel 4 sites including 4Homes and Film4.”
Sectioned (BBC Four) has won Best Documentary at the Mind awards. Embarrassing Bodies was also nominated in the same category. Sectioned is a powerful documentary which, for the first time, follows three people who have been sectioned on their journey through the mental health system
How to Look Good Naked with a Difference has won the 'Features Award’ at the AMI (Ability Media International) awards 2010. The judges recognized the campaign, working with Debenhams, to create an influential advertising campaign using a disabled model in a mainstream way, could have a major positive effect on how disabled people are represented in our culture.
Maverick has been named the second most respected independent production company by its rivals in an industry poll of the 100 top indies, published in Televisual magazine. One source praises the company for “really grasping the potential of multiplatform” while another rival indie says “It’s a great 360 degree company”.
How to Look Good Naked…With a Difference won the Factual Media Award at the Radar “People of the Year Awards” 2010. The judges were looking for “…the very best practice in disability equality - to identify the organisations and individuals who are 'ahead of the curve' and can show us all the way forward”.
Embarrassing Bodies Live has won the Broadcast Digital Award for Best Use of Interactive. A strong field included Psychoville (BBC), Primeval (ITV), Antony Gormley's One & Other (Sky Arts), and 1066 (Channel 4). Thanks to the judging panel and congratulations to the team.