TV BAFTAs 2020: ‘Zoom is great for banter’: Richard Ayoade pokes fun at the first EVER socially distanced awards… while Bruno Tonioli debuts silver locks as Strictly Come Dancing leads winners
- Richard Ayoade acted as host for the ceremony which was held at Television Centre, as opposed to the usual venue of London’s Royal Festival Hall
- The awards were held in a closed studio and in accordance with government guidelines was socially distanced with nominees accepting their prizes virtually
- The awards rewarded the very best in television craft and television programmes broadcast in the UK in 2019
- The BAFTA Craft Awards took place on 17 July, with Chernobyl sweeping the board by scooping seven wins, and BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials also performing
- In March BAFTA announced that the awards ceremony would be postponed from its original air date of 17 May due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Strictly Come Dancing kicked off the winners at the first ever socially-distanced British Academy Television Awards in London’s Television Centre on Friday.
The beloved dance series scooped the Entertainment Programme for the second year in a row, with judge Bruno Tonioli also unveiling his new grey hair as he accepted the prize.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many stars have been forced to stay at home for the usually lavish and glitzy awards ceremony, which was originally due to take place in March.
Look at that! Strictly Come Dancing kicked off the winners at the first ever socially-distanced British Academy Television Awards in London’s Television Centre on Friday, as Bruno Tonioli unveiled his new grey hair
Many of Strictly’s biggest stars appeared from their homes to accept the prize, including Bruno, who is reportedly not set to appear in the upcoming series due to travel concerns around the coronavirus crisis.
Tess Daly gushed: ‘Thank you so much BAFTA this is such an honour it’s the second time we’ve won this award, and it’s for the whole team who worked so hard.’
Claudia Winkleman added: ‘To everyone at the BBC, huge thanks to our fantastic executive poducer, and I’ve just got to mention them, no one has judges like us.’
Launching a confetti cannon, Judge Craig Revel-Horwood also gushed: ‘Ty darlings and thanks to you too Tess and Claudia, can I say ladies you too are simply fabulous.
Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse also offered their own thanks, with Bruno saying: ‘The biggest thank you goes to all of you our viewers, I tell you without you you will not be here, and I really hope to keep you entertained and happy for many years to come.’
Opening the show, host Richard Ayoade was quick to poke fun at the nation’s social distancing measures, saying: ‘It is sad that it has taken a pandemic to enforce the most basic parameters of personal space.’
Tim Minchin also took to the stage to perform an extremely tongue-in-cheek song about the year’s past, which inevitably included a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal presented the first award of the evening, Entertainment Performance to Mo Gilligan for The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.
Clearly stunned by the win, he said: ‘I was not prepared for this, I wrote a speech this is an incredible honour.
‘As a personal note this awards means so much to me I can’t tell you, even the names I’m with it blows my mind to be here, and it gives hope to people who look like me, talk like me and have the same background as me.’
Making history: The BAFTA Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were held in a closed studio after the original date was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak
Ahead of the ceremony, Tom Allen hosted an online pre-show that featured interviews with some of the stars nominated.
The BAFTA Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards are being held in a closed studio after the original date was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were originally scheduled for 26 April and 17 May.
Organisers confirmed at the time that following government advice they had opted to reschedule the ceremonies until later in the year.
In a tweet posted the official BAFTA account on 17 March, organisers confirmed that ‘following the latest government advice, we regret to announce that the BAFTA Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, originally scheduled for 26 April & 17 May, will be postponed until later in the year’.
The awards show was held at Television Centre and in accordance with government guidelines the ceremony was socially distanced, with nominees accepting their prizes virtually.
Long-awaited: Organisers confirmed in March that following government advice they had opted to reschedule the ceremonies until later in the year
Making his debut as host of the all-star ceremony, actor and comedian Richard Ayoade steered audiences through this years’ nominations, with nominees invited to get involved through video link-ups.
Richard, who has himself won a BAFTA, previously joked about hosting the socially distanced programme: ‘I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead.’
Earlier this month the full list of nominations for the BAFTA Television Awards 2020 were announced.
Chernobyl, Fleabag, The Crown, Giri/Haji and The Virtues all lead the way with three nominations each.
Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl has taken the world by storm and scored a higher IMDb rating than Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
Exciting: Ahead of the star-studded ceremony, Tom Allen presented a pre-show that was streamed live for fans on YouTube, and chatted to Emily Atack about the award for Must-See TV Moment
Gorgeous: The former Inbetweeners star sported a stylish shorts suit as she chatted to Tom about the nominees for the award, which is the only prize voted for by the public
The five-part series follows an investigative commission appointed in the wake of the devastating nuclear accident on April 26, 1986.
Actors Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard have been recognised in the Leading Actor and Supporting Actor categories.
Elsewhere, Girl/Haji has also picked up nominations. The eight-part series is set in England and Japan with dialogue in English and subtitled Japanese, and has a pair of brothers at its heart, Kenzo and Yuto Mori.
Kenzo is a respectable Tokyo-based detective, and Yuto is rumoured to be part of the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, and is lying low in London after allegedly murdering a Japanese businessman there.
Nominations include Takehiro Hira in the Leading Actor category and Supporting Actor (for Will Sharpe) at the awards.
Channel 4 drama The Virtues, starring Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham has picked up nominations in the Leading Actor, Mini-Series and Supporting Actress (for Helen Behan) categories.
Sex Education picked up a nod in the Breakthrough Talent for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme (for Ncuti Gatwa).
Rounding off the top nominees, Top Boy, which was revived in 2019, has scored a nod for Supporting Actress (for Jasmine Jobson) categories.
Notable snubs include EastEnders, which won Best Soap at the 2019 awards, but has failed to be nominated at the 2020 show.
The shortlist was selected by an independent BAFTA-approved jury of media experts, with BAFTA Television Committee Chair Hannah Wyatt heading the group.
While the BAFTA Television Awards is typically a glitzy affair, winners will accept their awards from home, while presenters will appear live in the studio.
The star-studded presenting line-up in the studio includes, Adrian Lester, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Greg Davies, Himesh Patel, Jessia Hynes, Joe Cole, Nina Sosanya, Paul Mescal, Sope Dirisu and Stacey Dooley.
Richard will also be joined virtually by some big names in television including Billy Porter, Chris O’Dowd, David Tennant, Jeff Goldblum, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Michael Sheen and Ruth Madeley, who will be presenting awards via video link.
Audiences will also be treated to two performances from internationally-acclaimed comedian, musician, actor and writer Tim Minchin, including an original song composed specially for the event.
British actor, writer and producer Idris Elba will receive the Special Award, one of BAFTA’s highest accolades, in recognition of his exceptional career and commitment to championing diversity and new talent in the industry. There will also be some very special surprise guests dialling in to present his award on the night.
The winner of the Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award will also be announced. As the only award to be voted for by the public, the Must-See Moment celebrates the dramatic scenes, cliff hangers and edge-of-your-seat moments that truly resonated with TV fans across the UK.
The conclusion to last year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special, in which Ruth Jones’ character Nessa proposed to James Corden’s alter-ego Smithy, is among the contenders in the shortlist, which is voted for by the British public.
Line Of Duty’s shock killing of undercover police officer John Corbett, played by Stephen Graham, is up for the award, while the scene where Arya Stark kills the Night King in the final season of Game Of Thrones also got a nod.
Elsewhere, BAFTA also responded to criticism of its lack of diversity by nominating three times as many BAME actors and performers as last year’s TV awards show.
Nine stars including Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa, The End of the F***ing World’s Naomi Ackie and comedians Guz Khan and Mo Gilligan are among those nominated for the individual awards.
They make up around a third of all those nominated, a marked improvement on the three from last year.
BAFTA has come under fire for its lack of representation in both its film and TV award shows in recent years.
In January, there was a furore after BAFTA failed to nominate a single actor of colour for its film awards show, and #BAFTAsSoWhite trended worldwide on social media.
BAFTA TV Awards 2020: WINNERS
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
The Graham Norton Show
The Last Leg
Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids (Dispatches)
The Hunt For Jihadi John
Is Labour Anti-Semitic (Panorama)
Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulug (Exposure)
The End of the F***ing World
Frankie Boyle for Frankie Boyle’s New World Order
Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show
Lee Mack for Would I Lie To You
Mo Gilligan for The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan – WINNER
Strictly Come Dancing
The Greatest Dancer
The Rap Game UK
Crime and Punishment
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer
Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Phoebe Waller- Bridge in Fleabag
Sarah Kendall in Frayed
Sian Clifford in Fleabag
Gbemisola Ikumelo in Famalam
When They See Us
Stephen Graham for The Virtues
Jared Harris for Chernobyl
Takehiro Hira for Giri/Haji
Callum Turner for The Capture
Jodie Comer for Killing Eve
Suranne Jones for Gentleman Jack
Samantha Morton for I Am Kirsty
Glenda Jackson for Elizabeth Is Missing
Blue Planet Live
Election 2019 Live: The Results
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Ncuti Gatwa for Sex Education
Guz Khan for Man Like Mobeen
Youssef Kerkour for Home
Jamie Demetriou for Stath Lets Flats
Hong Kong Protests
ITV News At Ten: Election Results
Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal (Newsnight)
Victoria Derbyshire: Men who lost loved ones to knife crime
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
Race Across The World
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Harry’s Heroes: The Full English
Stath Lets Flats
SHORT FORM PROGRAMME
Anywhere But Westminster
Brain In Gear
Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle
toni_with_an_i (Born Digital: First Cuts)
The Family Secret
The Last Survivors
David Harewood: Psychosis and Me
Brexit: The Uncivil War
Elizabeth Is Missing
The Left Behind
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
8 Days: To The Moon and Back
Seven Worlds: One Planet
Thatcher: A Very British Revolution
Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story
2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL: ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL
FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 SEMI FINAL: ENGLAND V USA
WIMBLEDON 2019 MEN’S FINAL
Joe Absolom for A Confession
Josh O’Connor for The Crown
Stellan Skarsgard for Chernobyl
Will Sharpe for Giri/Haji
Helen Behan for The Virtues
Helena Bonham Carter for The Crown
Jasmine Jobson for Top Boy
Naomi Ackie for The End of the F***ing World
VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)
CORONATION STREET – The Death of Sinead Osborne
FLEABAG – Confessional scene
GAME OF THRONES – Arya Kills the Night King
GAVIN AND STACEY – Nessa Proposes to Smithy
LINE OF DUTY – John Corbett’s Death
LOVE ISLAND – Michael recouples after Casa Amor
BRITISH ACADEMY TELEVISION CRAFT AWARDS
BREAKTHROUGH TALENT sponsored by Sara Putt Associates
Aisling Bea (Writer) for This Way Up
Aneil Karia (Director) for Pure and Top Boy
Laurie Nunn (Writer) for Sex Education
Sean Buckley (Writer) for Responsible Child
Caroline McCall for His Dark Materials
Joanna Eatwell for Beecham House
Michele Clapton for Game of Thrones
Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Chernobyl
Arthur Cary for The Last Survivors
Dan Reed for Leaving Neverland
Mark Lewis for Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Robin Barnwell for Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Exposure)
DIRECTOR: FICTION sponsored by 3 Mills Studios
Harry Bradbeer for Fleabag
Johan Renck for Chernobyl
Shane Meadows for The Virtues
Toby Haynes for Brexit: The Uncivil War
Bridget Caldwell for The Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance
Janet Fraser Crook for Glastonbury 2019
Matthew Griffiths for Six Nations 2019 – Wales v England
Paul McNamara for ITV Racing: Cheltenham Festival
Andy R. Worboys for Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein
Jules Cornell for Leaving Neverland
Kim Horton for 63 Up
Michael Harte for Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Dan Crinnion for Killing Eve (Episode 4)
Elen Pierce Lewis for Giri/Haji
Gary Dollner for Fleabag
Simon Smith, Jinx Godfrey for Chernobyl
ENTERTAINMENT CRAFT TEAM sponsored by Hotcam
AMBER RIMELL, BRONSKI, MISTY BUCKLEY, TIM ROUTLEDGE for Glastonbury 2019 (Stormzy)
DAVID BISHOP, VICKY GILL, ANDY TAPLEY, PATRICK DOHERTY for Strictly Come Dancing
MARK BUSK-COWLEY, STEVE KRUGER, IAIN STIRLING, JAMES TINSLEY for Love Island
NIGEL CATMUR, PATRICK DOHERTY, KEVIN DUFF, ANDREW STOKES for The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
MAKE UP & HAIR DESIGN sponsored by MAC Cosmetics
Daniel Parker, Barrie Gower for Chernobyl
Inma Azorin for The Trial of Christine Keeler
Kirstin Chalmers for Catherine The Great
Loz Schiavo for Peaky Blinders
David Holmes and Keefus Ciancia for Killing Eve
Adrian Johnston for Giri/Haji
Andrew Phillips for War In The Blood
Hildur Guðnadóttir for Chernobyl
PHOTOGRAPHY: FACTUAL sponsored by The Farm
BERTIE GREGORY, HOWARD BOURNE, JOHN SHIER for Seven Worlds, One Planet
DOUG ANDERSON, ROGER HORROCKS, GAVIN THURSTON for Our Planet (Coastal Seas)
JAMIE MCPHERSON, HECTOR SKEVINGTON-POSTLES, BARRIE BRITTON for Our Planet (Frozen Worlds)
PATRICK SMITH, NEIL HARVEY for Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein
PHOTOGRAPHY & LIGHTING: FICTION sponsored by ScreenSkills
Adriano Goldman for The Crown
Jakob Ihre for Chernobyl
Joe Anderson for Top Boy
Suzie Lavelle for His Dark Materials
PRODUCTION DESIGN sponsored by Microsoft
Laurence Dorman for Killing Eve
Luke Hull, Claire Levinson-Gendler for Chernobyl
Martin Childs, Alison Harvey for The Crown
Samantha Harley, Miri Katz for Sex Education
SCRIPTED CASTING sponsored by Spotlight
Des Hamilton for Top Boy
Lauren Evans for Sex Education
Nina Gold, Robert Sterne for Chernobyl
Yoko Narahashi, Shaheen Baig, Layla Merrick-Wolf for Giri/Haji
Graham Wild, Kate Hopkins for Seven Worlds, One Planet
Graham Wild, Kate Hopkins, Tim Owens for Our Planet (One Planet)
Nick Fry, Steve Speed, James Evans, Nick Adams for Formula 1: Drive to Survive
SOUND TEAM for Battle of the Brass Bands
Dillon Bennett, Jon Thomas, Gareth Bull, James Ridgeway for His Dark Materials
Ian Wilkinson, Lee Walpoke, Fraser Barber, Stuart Hilliker for A Christmas Carol
Stefan Henrix, Joe Beal, Stuart Hilliker, Vincent Piponnier for Chernobyl
SOUND TEAM for The Crown
SPECIAL, VISUAL & GRAPHIC EFFECTS
Ben Turner, Chris Reynolds, Asa Shoul for The Crown
Framestore, Painting Practice, Real SFX, Russell Dodgson for His Dark Materials
Lindsay McFarlane, Claudius Christian Rauch, Jean-Clement Soret, DNEG for Chernobyl
Milk Visual Effects, Gareth Spensley, Real SFX for Good Omens
TITLES & GRAPHIC IDENTITY
Alex Maclean for The Durrells
Elastic for Catherine the Great
Elastic, Painting Practice for His Dark Materials
Light Creative for Ghosts
Danny Brocklehurst for Brassic
Phoebe Waller- Bridge for Fleabag
Jamie Demetriou for Stath Let Flats
Sam Leifer, Tom Basden for Plebs
Charlie Covell for The End of the F***ing World
Craig Mazin for Chernobyl
Jesse Armstrong for Succession
Shane Meadows, Jack Thorne for The Virtues – Warp Films, Big Arty Productions/Channel 4
Acclaimed: Chernobyl – starring Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard – has scored 14 nods
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