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Beauty Queen or Bust [2014]

The glitz and glamour of Miss World has to start somewhere. Each year regional heats take place in ordinary towns and cities across England. This three-part series follows some of the young entrants hoping to make it through the regional pageants in Blackpool, Hull and Wolverhampton.

“It was easy to expect that Beauty Queen or Bust was going to be one uproarious send-up. I am pleased to report that it wasn’t. It was actually a rather sad, sweet film about hope and courage and people in broken places still managing to brim with promise.” – Matt Baylis, Daily Express

RDF Television West / Channel 4

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Police Under Pressure [2014]

A three-part examination of the state of policing in Britain as forces around the nation try to cope with the biggest cuts to their budgets in modern times.

“Mat Davidson’s compositions seemed entirely appropriate for problems that were wretched and seemingly intractable.” – Alex Hardy, The Times

“Neither Mat Davidson’s ambient score nor Steven Mackinstosh’s mellifluous narration could calm the viewers nerves. This was a good programme about a bad situation.” – Andrew Collins, The Guardian

“A valuable insight into life on the frontline” – Ellen E Jones, Independent

This excellent documentary makes you think more deeply about the problems facing the police today” – Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

Series Producer: Ricardo Pollack

Producer & Director: Louise Malkinson

Executive Producers: Emma Loach & Peter Dale

Rare Day / BBC 2

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Fast & Fearless: Britain’s Banger Racers [2014]

Two-part documentary about the petrol-soaked world of banger racing, a motor sport where scrap domestic cars are stripped out and fortified for a final lease of life on a racetrack.

“The past-it vehicles spinning around an abandoned Essex cement works were really just the backdrop to a fascinating bit of subculture tourism.” – Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“Hugely enjoyable” – The Times

Boundless / BBC 2