Sian TV documentary wins National Television Award


January 29, 2020

A TV documentary which told the story of a Morecambe teenager who took her own life has won a National Television Award.

'Odd One Out' - which featured 16-year-old schoolgirl Sian Waterhouse - won Best Factual programme at last night's ceremony shown on ITV1.

'Odd One Out' aired on BBC1 last year and was hosted by Little Mix pop star Jesy Nelson who, like Sian, suffered vicious bullying online.

During the documentary Jesy opened up about the abuse she suffered, and was filmed visiting Sian's parents Ann and Pud in Morecambe to raise awareness of what happened to Sian.

Sian took her own life in 2018 after a long battle with anxiety and depression.

The 'Shine for Sian' group was set up in her name to raise money for the Lancashire Mind mental health charity.

Pud Waterhouse, Sian's dad, said: "We don't just raise money for Lancashire Mind we also spread awareness of mental health, this is why we agreed to do the BBC documentary with Jesy Nelson, which won last night at the NTA awards.

"I do hope that it continues to be shown regularly in schools to our young adults."

Accepting the award at the O2 in London, Jesy said: "I want to thank every single person who was in the documentary for being so brave and courageous to tell their story to the world.

"I don't think we ever expected for this to have such an impact."

Other programmes nominated in the Best Factual category were Ambulance, Gogglebox, Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, and Gordon, Gino and Fred Road Trip.

You can see 'Odd One Out' at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07lsr4d/jesy-nelson-odd-one-out