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Blakeway North wins Best TV Programme for 'Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring'

Blakeway North won Best TV Programme last night at the How-Do Awards 2012.

Their Cutting Edge Film `Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring’  is the first film to take an in-depth forensic look at this criminal web, detailing how it operated, and what motivated the five people within it.

Colin Blanchard, Vanessa George, Angela Allen, Tracy Lyons and Tracey Dawber provoked widespread revulsion and made international headlines after their sexual offences against children came to light in 2009.

This carefully crafted, sensitive and revealing documentary uses police interviews with the offenders, and first-hand testimonies from family members of the offenders and the parents of a possible victim.

Chilling unseen police evidence from a multi-force inquiry is pieced together in an attempt to understand how Colin Blanchard persuaded four women - all mothers - to abuse children.

The film also reveals the painstaking police investigations in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, Plymouth and Portsmouth that led to five arrests and subsequent successful convictions. With powerful interviews and understanding of the emotional and psychological fallout for those most intimately affected.

The How-Do Awards celebrate and reward the very best that the North has to offer, with 17 awards spanning the region's rapidly converging media and creative sectors.


Judges look for -

A highly innovative, interesting and entertaining tv programme

Programme makers who clearly understand their target audience and create an appropriate, relevant and targeted programme

A programme which has been commissioned or created in the North West and explemifies the very best in regional television


Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring

Cutting Edge Channel 4

Executive Producer Sarah Murch