20 Mar 2013

Double win at Royal Television Society Awards for OU/BBC co-productions

Secret History of our Streets

Secret History of our Streets

Two Open University/BBC co-produced programmes won prestigious awards last night presented by Royal Television Society (RTS). The Secret History of Our Streets won the history category and Protecting Our Children won the documentary category.

The Secret History of Our Streets a series on BBC2 in May last year, returned to six archetypal London streets ranked by Charles Booth in the 1886 Survey of London to discover how their fortunes have changed over the last 125 years. The lead academic consultant for the series and writer of the accompanying Open University guide was Lecturer in Politics Dr Georgina Blakeley.

The three-part documentary Protecting Our Children, appeared on BBC2 in January 2012 and followed the work of Bristol’s child protection teams and the challenging role social workers face and how changes over the last 10 years have impacted on them and their duty to safeguard children.

Dr Barry Cooper and Dr Lucy Rai, both Senior Lecturers in Social Work in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, were consultants on the series and worked with the production team for over a year giving advice on social work practice and policy development. Debbie Stringer, Senior Lecturer in Law, also provided support as part of the module team.

The Royal Television Society is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media. Held annually, the RTS Programme Awards aim to recognise the work of exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as celebrating the programmes themselves.

Notes to Editors

Programme credits: Protecting our children was made in partnership with the BBC.
Executive Producer for the BBC is Julian Mercer.
The Open University academic consultants for the series were Dr Barry Cooper, Lecturer, Social Work and Dr Lucy Rai, Senior Lecturer, Social Work.

Programme Credits: The Secret History of our Streets was made in partnership with the BBC.
Executive Producer for the BBC is Simon Ford.
The Open University academic consultant for the series was Georgina Blakeley, lecturer in politics.

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About The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 250,000 current students, including over 15,000 overseas.
The OU is rated the top university for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, and has been in the top three universities every year since the survey began in 2005. In 2010/11 it had a 93% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.
In the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) The Open University was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. More than 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.

Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 26.7 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded more than 60 million downloads. The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.

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