Hen Blant Bach, the unique documentary that looked at the interaction between two generations; pre-school children and the elderly, has won a Silver Award at the 2018 New York Festivals International Film and Television Awards.
The programme, in which Bangor University was an integral part, won the Award in the Community Portraits documentary category. The series was a new factual format for S4C, and followed the social experiment which brought older people and nursery children together to share their day care. The programmes documented the positive effects that can be brought about by bringing these two groups together.
Congratulating the researchers and production company, Dr Penny Dowdney, KESS 2 Wales Manager commented that the popular programme had proven to be a fantastic example of how working with experts was enabling companies to develop new products.
Dr Penny Dowdney said: “Working with our academic experts through the KESS 2 programme, the television company have been able to develop a new television format, safe in the knowledge that there is valid academic research underpinning the informative documentary programme. This is a fantastic example of how bringing seemingly different topics together can lead to the development of new creative ideas and products.”
Sharing their insights in the programmes were Bangor University psychologist, Dr Catrin Hedd Jones of the School of Healthcare Sciences and Dr Nia Williams of the School of Education, seen on screen, and Prof Bob Woods.
Under the watchful eye of the two psychologists, the viewers received an expert commentary on what happens when this age gap is bridged and the resulting positive effects.
Dr Nia Williams of the School of Education commented: “The nomination was an incredible acknowledgement of the research work and a fantastic opportunity to put Wales and Bangor University on the map, winning the Silver Award is just amazing!”
The latest series benefitted from the support of a KESS 2 Scholarship in partnership with Darlun.
As Dr Catrin Hedd Jones explains: “This support has enabled us to conduct research into the effect of the three days on the children, adults and staff who are associated with the establishments. We have appointed a student under the scheme, who is doing a Research Masters funded by KESS 2 and working in conjunction with the television company and the University to develop an intervention while competing a Research Masters degree by collecting information about the children and adults before and after the week of activities.”
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.
Hen Blant Bach has also been nominated for a Factual Entertainment Award in the Celtic Media Festival being held this year in Llanelli between 2-4 May.