In March 2021 TVTP was nominated for a Royal Television Society Southern award for its Smithsonian Networks documentary about the controversial American civil rights activist, Malcolm X and the former British-Pakistani student leader, Tariq Ali – When Tariq Ali Met Malcolm X. The film, which was directed by Geoff Small and Executive Produced by Charles Thompson, focuses on a few days in December 1963, when Tariq and Malcolm came together in Oxford for the annual university lectures, and became friends.
The hour-long film was commissioned to launch the Smithsonian Channel in the UK and also to headline the US channels Black Lives Matter weekend of special programming that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In 1963, in Oxford, just two months before he was shot dead in New York, Malcolm X debated the motion: “Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue”.
At an RTS virtual awards ceremony held on Friday 30th April 2021 TVTP won the award for Best Documentary or Factual Programme.
For the RTS virtual awards ceremony some of the film’s production team got together for a Zoom photograph celebrating the nomination.
Missing were Tariq Ali, Franc Ashman, Tir Dhondy, Shebani Walia, Keith Branch, Harjeet Kaur & Greg Skeat.