Shiver’s 2012 documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile has now picked up three awards.
The documentary won Scoop of the Year and Home Current Affairs Programme of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards. ITV’s investigation into allegations that the late Jim’ll Fix It host had sexually abused vulnerable teenage girls was broadcast last October and led to a major criminal inquiry. Since the documentary was transmitted, police have now uncovered an unprecedented scale of abuse against victims over 50 years both at the BBC and at hospitals where Savile worked and visited.
Exposure won scoop of the year, beating a BBC Panorama investigation into people with severe brain injuries, and the Al-Jazeera documentary, What Killed Arafat, which led to the disinterring of the Palestinian leader’s body after it revealed he may have been poisoned. Mark Williams-Thomas, the former police detective specialising in child protection and major crime who took a year to put the documentary together, tweeted: “Very humbled 2 accept RTS award … This award is dedicated 2 every victim of Savile.”
The Savile documentary, which was produced by Lesley Gardiner and executive produced by Alexander Gardiner, has also won the Broadcast Press Guild Single Documentary Award.