Baz Irvine won Best Factual at BAFTA Cymru on Sunday 8 October for his work on The Aberfan Young Wives Club directed by Marc Evans (Evans also won Best Director).
The documentary aired on ITV 50 years on from the disaster in the small Welsh village of Aberfan.
The documentary marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, in which the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults in the village school and surrounding houses.
Featuring testimony from those affected by the tragedy, which happened on October 21, 1966, alongside extensive archive footage of the disaster and its aftermath, the documentary provides a vivid insight into the lives of South Wales families at the time, and how the disaster affected the whole community.
The documentary looks into the emotional impact on the community, that followed more than 40,000 cubic metres of accumulated rock and shale suddenly starting to slide downhill in the form of slurry, engulfing the village and inundating classrooms at Pantglas Junior School, where young children and teachers died either from impact or suffocation.
The victims’ relatives, including mothers of children who died – some speaking publicly for the first time – reveal how their spirit endured and the village quietly rebuilt itself over the years that followed, focusing in particular on a group of local women who came together in the wake of the tragedy and have met each week for the last half-century – the Aberfan Young Wives.
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