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Channel 4's Gypsy Blood wins Grierson award

7 November 2012 4:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Controversial show picks up prize in 40th anniversary of the 'documentary world's equivalent to the Oscars'

Channel 4's controversial documentary Gypsy Blood was among the winners at the 40th anniversary of the Grierson awards.

The documentary about the Irish Traveller and Romany Gypsy communities prompted more than 500 complaints to media regulator Ofcom over scenes featuring children fighting and a deer being killed by a dog. Gypsy Blood was later cleared by Ofcom which said the documentary did not breach its broadcasting code.

Awarded the best newcomer prize at the awards at the Empire Leicester Square in central London on Tuesday night, jury chairman Sarah Waldron said Gypsy Blood was a "film that would have distinguished itself in any category".

The awards, hosted by Grayson Perry, also recognised author Sir Terry Pratchett for another controversial documentary, Choosing to Die.

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