BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ & TBI Media, partnering with ‘Snappin Turtle Productions’ and ‘Picturehouse Entertainment’ won the ‘Best Event Cinema’ category at the Screen Awards in London on Thursday 23rd October for ‘D-Day: 70 Years On’. The spectacular event was produced at the Royal Albert Hall 70 years to the day after D-Day, on June 6th this year, and was broadcast live simultaneously on BBC Radio 2, BBC Red button and into over 200 cinemas nationwide.
Executive Producer, show Director and TBI founder Phil Critchlow said : This was the first BBC Programme to be visualised and broadcast live to cinemas and it’s a great accolade for the extended team of presenters, musicians, actors and production and technical crews who arrived at the Albert Hall at 7 am on June 6th and by 8 pm went live to the nation with over 300 people appearing on the stage during the production. We were all delighted with the results creatively but, most importantly, the fact that so many people could properly reflect on the sacrifices made by so many 70 years before.
Bob Shennan BBC Director Of Music and Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and The Asian Network said : ‘This was a profoundly moving event with multiple BBC platforms working in perfect harmony with cinema partners to take the story to an important audience, in a completely new way’.
‘D-Day: 70 Years On’ – presented by Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin, with a cast of actors led by Patrick Stewart playing Sir Winston Churchill – shared the ‘Event Cinema’ nominations with ‘Monty Python (almost live)’ ‘Andre Rieu’s Maasricht Concert’, ‘Nymphomaniac One Night Stand ‘ and ‘RSC Live From Stratford-upon-Avon: Richard II’. Describing ‘D-Day: 70 Years On’, the judges said it was ‘The absolute definition of event cinema – there’s no real precedent for doing this sort of thing on screens before.’
Ben Taylor and Michael Traboulsi from Snappin’ Turtle Productions said : ‘It was an honour being involved in such an historic anniversary and bringing the nation together to remember what happened 70 years ago. Cinemas were the natural partner for this production as it was in cinemas the public gathered to watch news reports during the Second World War.
The commercial proceeds from the event, after costs, were donated to three military charities: The Royal British Legion, SkillForce and SSAFA. The event will be broadcast again in full on both BBC Radio 2, BBC Red Button on the evening of Friday November 7th – and thereafter on BBC iPlayer – to mark Remembrance Weekend.
Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution, Picturehouse Entertainment said “As the cinema distribution partner for D-Day 70 Years On Picturehouse Entertainment are delighted that the campaign has been recognised by the Screen Awards. In the first year that these awards have been presented for alternative content this fantastic broadcast is a deserving winner.”