14 Oct 2010

OU-BBC’s Life wins Jury’s Special Award at wildlife ‘OSCARs’



The OU-BBC co-production Life won the coveted Jury’s Special Award at the Panda Award Ceremony last night [Wednesday 13 October], for what was described as an epic series.

Narrated by David Attenborough, Life was a ten-part, natural history television blockbuster, shot throughout in high definition, which aired in the Autumn of 2009.

The Panda Awards are the most prestigious and influential awards for film of the natural world. Leading filmmakers from the across the globe enter the competition for a chance to win.

At the glittering ceremony in Bristol Benedict Allen, British explorer and filmmaker, presenting the award, said: “Life is truly outstanding. Each episode excels in every discipline of filmmaking – the behavioural sequences are stunning and beautifully captured. In giving this award the jury wanted to celebrate a magnificent accomplishment.”

David Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Biological Science at The Open University, said: “The Life series was the culmination of over four years work and the Open University team is proud to be part of this award-winning series which raises the standard of natural history filmmaking to a new height.”

Andrew Jackson, Head of the BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, said: “Life won for what was described as an epic series and justifiably so.”

Life was the concluding series to a year of co-productions with the BBC in 2009 to celebrate Darwin 200, marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin Of Species. The OU produced a free Tree of Life poster to accompany the series. 450, 000 of these posters were requested by, and sent out to, the public.

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Notes to editor

1. Media contact: Gemma Bessant (01908 655596,
2. Dr David Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Biological Science is available for interview.

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