Murdered By My Father Wins Asian Media Award 2016

A harrowing drama that explored the consequences of an honour killing picked-up the Best TV Programme Award at this year’s AMA’s.

The AMA’s recognise excellence in the media with categories in journalism, online, radio, television and marketing. The awards are sponsored by the University of Salford and took place the Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

The Best TV Programme and Show category featured three very distinct finalists and also included Welcome to the Mosque from filmmaker Rob Leech and Grace Productions and Asian Provocateur which charts the journey of comedian Romesh Ranganathan rediscovering his Sri Lankan roots.

Murdered By My Father was a BBC Studios production for BBC Three and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Mawaan Rizwan, Salman Akhtar, Reiss Jeram and Ambreen Razia.

It was written by Vinay Patel, Directed by Bruce Goodison and produced by Toby Welch. The Executive Producer was Aysha Rafaele.

The drama which garnered widespread debate tells of the ‘honour’ killing of a 16-year-old girl by her father, an exploration of how family love and duty turned to violence, and murder, in a suburban British home.

Teenager Salma has been promised to Haroon (Salman Akhtar) in an arranged marriage but she falls in love with Imi (Mawaan Rizwan).

Following a confrontation with Haroon and with men from the community, Shahzad murders his daughter and kills himself.

Executive Producer Aysha Rafaele said, “We are thrilled to have won TV Programme of the Year at the Asian Media Awards 2016. Too many young women have lost their lives in the so called name of ‘honour’.

“We feel humbled to have been able to shine a light on this dark and tragic subject in a year when it is sadly dominating the news headlines once again.”

The Best TV Programme category was sponsored by the University of Salford.


The University of Salford are premier sponsors to the 2016 events and partners include ITV, MediaCom, Press Association Training and the Manchester Evening News.

The official charity partners for 2016 are The Asian Circle and Oxfam.

The Asian Media Awards 2016 are supported by Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes into Languages, AMT Lawyers, Espoke Living, Supreme Dream Events, Cleartwo & Payal.

For further information please e-mail umbreen@asianmediaawards.com.

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