Sandford St Martin Award

I’ve owned and run Ladbroke Productions now for almost 2 years, and in that time I have hoped we would win an award or two for our programmes, after all, we work with some of the best radio talent in the business and most (if not all!) of our programmes are tip top corkers!

Lambeth Palace

Well, after much waiting and gnashing of teeth, last night, in the beautiful and serene setting of Lambeth Palace (home of the Archbishop of Canterbury) our BBC Radio 4 documentary “Twin Sisters, Two Faiths” was given the Premier Radio Award by the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards…an extremely prestigious award and the top ones for religious broadcasting.

The programme tells the emotional and moving story of twin sisters who have followed different faiths, and their agnostic mother who is dying.  The presenter/producer Anna Scott-Brown followed their story for a year, capturing some intensely personal and private moments.  Sadly, as we hear in the programme, the mother dies of her illness, struggling with her daughters’ religious convictions and her own sudden discovery of God.

It is a truly heart-rending programme, and Anna and co-producer Adam Fowler are to be heartily congratulated on it.  The Sandford St Martin Award is justly deserved for these outstanding programme makers.  And we at Ladbroke Productions would like to also accept the award in memory of  the family and Annie, who made it so special and so moving.

(l-r) Bishop of Croydon, Anna Scott-Brown, Adam Fowler, Richard Bannerman

If you would like to hear the full documentary, it is now available for listen again at the BBC’s superb iPlayer:


And here is the moment when we heard the good news:

The Award Itself!

“Twin Sisters, Two Faiths” was presented by Anna Scott-Brown, produced by Anna Scott-Brown & Adam Fowler, executive produced by Richard Bannerman, and was a Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd production for BBC Radio 4 (and later repeated in a shorter version on BBC World Service).

And there is a nice blog from the head of Radio 4, Mark Damazer, all about the awards and the wins for both us, other indies and some in-house teams:


Congrats to everyone who was nominated and to all the winners.


About hokusbloke
30-something radio producer/director/writer, owner & MD of Ladbroke Productions (the UK's oldest independent radio production company). Lover of far fetched fiction, scifi and fantasy, my cats and all thinks tech. I am also the Chair of the Radio Independents Group, a former Trustee of the Radio Academy, and a Fellow of the RSA. I co-wrote, produced and directed Robert Rankin's "The Brightonomicon" audio series, produce Dr Who audiobooks for the BBC, and directed several sci-fi radio plays for BBC Radio 4 in 2009. I am a strong advocate for more SF audio and radio...keep watching this space for upcoming news!

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