Stan Wins Hottest Factual Show

8. Hottest Factual Show: Stan

Nominees: Mind Over Money, Coast New Zealand, Country Calendar, Lost & Found, Artefact, Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty, The Casketeers, Topp Country, Attitude

An emotional and inspiring documentary, Stan follows Kiwi musician Stan Walker as he undergoes a life-changing journey: the discovery of a hereditary cancer-causing gene and the subsequent removal of his stomach.

Walker is known in Aotearoa for his Australian Idol win in 2009, his pop/R&B style music, numerous New Zealand music awards, and recently an appearance in Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but regardless of this celebrity status, the one-off documentary Stan drew in an impressive audience.

When it aired on Three in March, the feature-length documentary earned a rating of 8.6 to become the most watched doco of 2018 and the second-highest rating programme for 2018 to date.

It was hotly anticipated as Walker had refused to reveal in the months leading up to the doco the reasons for his substantial weight loss and health issues.

Walker showed strength and courage in the face of a battle that has claimed members of his extended family, and Stan definitely resonated with New Zealanders – fans of Walker or not - up and down the country.

Mitchell Hawkes