BBC Two & Leopard Films last night won the “Best Documentary” award at the Golden Prague TV Festival for Bach: A Passionate Life. The 90 minute documentary was executive produced by Fiona Morris, Head of Arts and Performance at Leopard Films and ordered by Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor, BBC Music and Events for Janice Hadlow Controller of BBC Two.
Jan Younghusband, commissioning editor of Music & Events at the BBC commented: “The BBC is the biggest investor in original arts and music programming and so it’s a delight to yet again be recognised for the quality of that work at such a prestigious international event. BBC music programming aims to put music experts centre stage and so we’re delighted to have worked with Leopard Films and John Eliot Gardiner to explore the life of such an important composer in Bach: A Passionate Life.”
The success secured Leopard Films’ arts team their second major award of the year and a second consecutive Czech Crystal following success in the “Best Performance” category in 2012. Airing earlier this year as part of BBC Two and BBC Radio 3’s Baroque Spring Season , the programme was presented by world renowned expert John Eliot Gardiner, taking viewers on a physical, musical and intellectual journey in search of Bach, the man and the musician. Fiona Morris said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive another arts accolade in such a distinguished and highly competitive category. This award reinforces our commitment to developing signature arts and performance programming and BBC Two was the perfect home for this documentary.” This announcement follows a successful year for Argonon-owned production company Leopard Films, as its arts division continues to develop world-class programming in the UK.