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The BAFTAs are back

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Spoilers for; Coronation Street, Line of Duty, Fleabag, Game of Thrones and Gavin and Stacey – all include scenes nominated for “must-see moment”.

Whilst pretty much everything else seems to be getting cancelled right now, the TV BAFTAs have held their ground, putting their ceremony online. So who was nominated? And who wasn’t? *Coughs awkwardly* Years and Years… but anyway. Here’s my pick of the lot;

Breakthrough talent is one of the most notable categories, highlighting the best up and coming members of the industry. It’s great to see Aisling Bea nominated for her underrated Channel 4 series This Way Up, as well as Laurie Nunn finally being nominated after writing Sex Education. In those memorable words; “wash your hands, you detty pig” BAFTA – because it’s a show you’ve been sleeping on for far too long.

the lack of female led entertainment shows or features is worrying

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Increasingly worrying is the lack of female led entertainment shows or features. Frankie Boyle (for Frankie Boyle’s New World Order), Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show – inventive title), Lee Mack (Would I Lie to You) and Mo Gilligan (The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan) have all been nominated in the Entertainment Performance category. I’ll be honest and tell you that I watch probably an unhealthy amount of this stuff. I love it. Yet I cannot think of a single show, similar in format/content to these titles, led by women? The same issue lies in the features category; Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing and Snackmasters – which I haven’t even heard of before. So can someone please for the love of god give Katherine Ryan a show now?

News Coverage is probably a category you’re least likely to think of when it comes to the BAFTAs. But given that 2020 is turning out to be more of a shit show than last year, I guess it’s nice to reflect on when times were slightly calmer… okay so they weren’t totally zen but you know what I mean. Sky News have one nomination for their coverage of the Hong Kong protests, ITV news for the election night results (maybe not so nice to reflect on), and BBC Two have, funnily enough, two nominations in this category; one for the Newsnight special on Prince Andrew & Epstein scandal, and for the Victoria Darbyshire piece on men who lost loved ones to knife crime.

Whilst the majority of BAFTA categories are voted for by people in the industry, the “must-see moment” is voted for by the public. So here’s your options (and some spoilers, obviously); the death of Sinead Osbourne in Coronation Street, the confessional scene in Fleabag, Arya kills the Night King in Game of Thrones, Nessa’s proposal to Smithy in Gavin and Stacey, John Corbett’s death in Line of Duty and Michael’s recouple after Casa Amor in Love Island. I think it’s fair to say that’s quite a varied selection this year? Even if I do only know Fleabag and Gavin and Stacey.

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Some shows in particular have swept the board – Chernobyl, the acclaimed Sky Atlantic series, picked up 14 nominations. Netflix drama The Crown got 7, and both Fleabag and Girl/Haji received 6 nominations respectively. Whilst it’s a shame that the ceremony won’t go ahead as normal, the live-stream led by Richard Ayoade is sure to be good.

The BAFTAs will be live-streamed on 31st July and you can find the full list of nominees here, as well as the nominations and date for the Craft Awards.

Last modified: 11th June 2020

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