A documentary featuring members of the Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders (MOVE) Health Integration Team has won Best Science Documentary at the Grierson 2019 British Documentary Awards. The award was presented at a special ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 14 November.
The Parkinson's Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure? first aired on BBC2 in February 2019. Filmed over six years, it followed a group of volunteers with Parkinson’s take part in a ground-breaking medical trial at Bristol’s Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals testing a controversial drug called GDNF.
Forty-two patients underwent complex brain surgery and months of infusions via a port embedded into the side of their skull. They put their trust in Professor Steven Gill and the trial’s principal investigator, neurologist Dr Alan Whone who is also a director of MOVE HIT, along with their team of medical experts.
Parkinson’s is the world’s second most common neurodegenerative condition. An estimated 10 million people are affected globally.
The judges said:
"The winning film stood out for its lean storytelling of a complex subject, its scale and its heart. The film was 'an examination of the nature of progress', managing to straddle both the science involved with clarity and the emotional, human dimension with real compassion."