BBC2 series Made In Britain, co-produced by The Open University and the BBC, was crowned ‘Best TV Programme of the Year’ in the prestigious 2011 Wincott Awards for Broadcasting announced today ( Thursday 24th May 2012).
The three-part show was presented by former BBC Economics Editor and presenter Evan Davis and looked at the British economy, asking what our country is good at. Evan Davis addressed the myth that Britain is no longer an industrial nation and revealed Britain as a manufacturing powerhouse, the seventh biggest in the world, with almost half our exports being manufactured goods including bikes, software, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cars and jet engines.
The OU academic consultants on the programme, which aired in June and July last year, were Dr Leslie Budd and Dr Matt Hinton. It is the third time an OU/BBC production has won in the Wincott Awards for Broadcasting, which recognise outstanding achievement in the field of economic, business and financial journalism. Love Of Money, the documentary series examining the causes and consequences of the financial crisis, received a Wincott Award in 2010. In 2007, the series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS? was the first OU/BBC co-production to win the award.
Dr Leslie Budd, Reader in Social Enterprise, from the Open University Business School (OUBS) said: “We are delighted to hear that Made In Britain has won the best programme award. It is a great testament to the Open University and BBC partnership. OUBS academics provided academic advice, which made the quality of the series possible and demonstrated the public impact of our expertise”
After becoming Visiting Professor at the OUBs, presenter Evan Davis gave an inaugural lecture as on the Made In Britain series, which celebrated Britain’s achievements as the ‘workshop of the world’ and marked 100 years since the Empire Exhibition of 1911, 160 years since the Great Exhibition of 1851 and 60 years since the Festival of 1951.
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