TV BAFTAs 2020: Chernobyl and Fleabag compete in distanced ceremony
TV BAFTAs 2020: ‘Can you hear us?’ Stacey Dooley is hit by Zoom delay as she presents Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones and James Corden with Must See Moment in first EVER socially distanced awards
- Stacey Dooley faced an awkward blunder as she presented the Must See TV Moment prize to Ruth Jones and James Corden for the Gavin and Stacey proposal
- Among the big winners were Chernobyl, The End of the F*****g World and Idris Elba, while The Crown and Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer went home empty-handed
- 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
The 2020 British Academy Television Awards finally commenced on Friday night, though many of the nominees were forced to appear via. webcam as the event was socially-distanced for the first time in its history.
In a show that relied on many of its awards being accepted via. Zoom, it wasn’t without blunders as Stacey Dooley was caught up in an awkward delay as she presented Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones and James Corden with the Must See Moment award.
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 but had been postponed.
Oops! The 2020 British Academy Television Awards finally commenced on Friday night, though it wasn’t without blunders as Stacey Dooley was faced with an awkward Zoom delay during the socially-distanced event
Stacey certainly amped up the glamour in a gorgeous black strapless gown as she arrived to present the coveted Must See TV Moment award, which was the only prize voted for by the general public
As Gavin and Stacey was announced as the winner, Stacey awkwardly asked stars Ruth and James; ‘Can you hear us?’ as they appeared unresponsive to the win.
Eventually the connection was made, and the pair were clearly thrilled by their win, with Ruth gushing; ‘We were up against such competition thank you so much bringing the show back after 10 years was such a big deal for us and we had such a great response.
‘Thank you to everyone who was involved in making the show it was such a joyous experience, and winning this BAFTA is immense.’
Oops! Among the winners were Gavin and Stacey, who scooped the Must See TV Moment for Nessa’s proposal to her on-off love Smithy, but at first they seemed unable to hear Stacey following the announcement of the win
Thrilled: After the connection was eventually made James gushed: ‘This is some lovely icing on a really already lovely cake’
James added: ‘This is some lovely icing on a really already lovely cake.’
The ceremony also wasn’t short of references to the unusual format, with host Richard Ayoade quick to joke about the perils of Zoom as well as the new two metre rule, saying: ‘It is sad that it has taken a pandemic to enforce the most basic parameters of personal space.’
Following their victory in the Entertainment Programme category, many of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing appeared from their homes to accept the prize, including judge Bruno Tonioli, who is reportedly not set to appear in the upcoming series due to travel concerns around the coronavirus crisis.
Naughty: The ceremony also wasn’t short of references to the unusual format, with host Richard Ayoade quick to joke about the perils of Zoom as well as the new two metre rule
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 producer, and I’ve just got to mention them, no one has judges like us.’
Launching a confetti cannon, Judge Craig Revel-Horwood also gushed: ‘Thank you darlings and thanks to you too Tess and Claudia, can I say ladies you too are simply fabulous.’
What is that? Following Strictly Come Dancing’s win for Entertainment Programme, Bruno Tonioli unveiled his jaw-dropping new grey hairstyle
Gorgeous: Host Tess Daly and judge Motsi Mabuse (right) also made a glamorous appearance to accept the award, the second year in a row Strictly has won
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.’
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.’
I won? Naomi Ackie was moved to tears as she discovered she’d scooped the prize for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Bonnie in The End Of The F*****g World
Naomi Ackie was moved to tears as she discovered she’d scooped the prize for Supporting Actress for her performance as Bonnie in The End Of The F*****g World.
Fans were also thrilled to see Jeff Goldblum make a surprise appearance, as he presented the award for Reality and Constructed Factual to Race Across The World.
In a surprise victory for Giri/Haji, Will Sharpe was stunned to be awarded the Supporting Actor prize, with the star admitting it was the second time he’d recorded his acceptance speech due to some unfortunate technical woes, meaning the first had been filmed in slow motion.
Following a victory for Taskmaster in the Comedy Programme category, Fleabag’s Sian Clifford broke down in tears after receiving the prize for Female Performance In A Comedy Programme.
‘You beat Phoebe!’ Fleabag’s Sian Clifford broke down in tears as she won in the Female Performance In A Comedy Programme category
Together again: Sian reunited with her co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge over Zoom, who was seen pretending to tweeze her chin
Welling up, she began her lengthy acceptance speech by saying: ‘Oh my God, oh wow! I don’t think you can see Phoebe but oh my God, sorry this is so unexpected.
‘Oh my god, I don’t even believe in competition and all of the women I’m recognised with including the one that I wouldn’t even be here because of.
‘This is unbelievable, thank you. Thank you everyone on the jury, I was on a jury for the first time this year in fact it was my first zoom of lockdown so it was memorable and the connection was terrible so thank you everyone who endured that process.
‘Thank you to everyone involved on our project, you’re all incredible, I wouldn’t be here, there’s no Claire without Fleabag.
‘I honestly don’t know what to say, this is so stupid and so weird and so surreal and Sarah [Hammond] you’re amazing and I hope you’re celebrating today because we’re all winners here, it’s nonsense really, a beautiful mess thank you.’
Amazing: Jared Harris also joked he has ‘ruined [his] losing streak’ after winning the Leading Actor award for his acclaimed performance in Chernobyl, which also scooped the prize for Miniseries
In awe: Elsewhere, Glenda Jackson took home the Leading Actress award for her work on ‘Elizabeth Is Missing’, beating out fan favourites Jodie Comer, and Suranne Jones, as well as Samantha Morton
Sian reunited with Phoebe briefly over Zoom as the pair and fellow nominees Sarah Kendall and Gbemisola Ikumelo, and the quartet showed their funny side as they tweezed their faces while waiting for presenter Greg Davies to announce the winner.
Idris Elba also made a surprise appearance as he accepted the Special Award for his incredible body of work, with stars including Ruth Wilson and Matthew McConaughey offering the highest regards for the honour.
Brandishing his award the Luther star said: ‘When I first got this award I was like ”guys it’s a bit early for a lifetime achievement award”, I don’t believe I’m special, but I believe I’ve been given an opportunity and I’ve taken that opportunity and handed it to people who need that opportunity.
‘I feel very grounded I’m from East London born and raised. In East London we try and treat people with respect. Me giving opportunities to someone else is part of my inheritance, I’m hoping from this point onwards in this world you can’t do anything without anyone else.
‘That’s why I think I’ve got this award, one day I’ll get an acting award, but until then I’m going to make more opportunities for more actors, more writers.’
Tech drama: In a surprise victory for Giri/Haji, Will Sharpe was stunned to be awarded the Supporting Actor prize, with the star admitting it was the second time he’d recorded his acceptance speech
Iconic: Idris Elba also made a surprise appearance as he accepted the Special Award for his incredible body of work, with stars including Ruth Wilson and Matthew McConaughey offering the highest regards for the honour
Jamie Demetriou won Leading Actor in a Comedy Programme for his work in Stath Lets Flats – which also won the Comedy award itself – while Chernobyl scooped the Miniseries award, as presented by David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
As the awards ceremony came to a close, it was surprise for many to see The End of the F*****g World win for Drama Series, beating out Chernobyl, Gentleman Jack and Giri/Haji.
Jared Harris also joked he has ‘ruined [his] losing streak’ after winning the Leading Actor award for his acclaimed performance in Chernobyl.
He said: ‘Wow, that’s a surprise. BAFTA, you’ve ruined my losing streak! I’m annoyed at you. You know … this show has won a lot of accolades and I think that’s testament to [producers] Craig Mazin and Carolyn Strauss and Jane Featherstone’s stewardship.
Wow! As the awards ceremony came to a close, it was surprise for many to see The End of the F*****g World win for Drama Series, beating out Chernobyl, Gentleman Jack and Giri/Haji
‘I’d say the best decision they made was to put every single episode in [director] Johan Renck’s hands. He’s a bada**.’
Jared also revealed in his acceptance speech that he wasn’t the first person producers considered for the role, as they were originally planning to hand the part to now-retired actor Daniel Day Lewis.
Recalling a meeting he had with an executive, Jared added: ‘About 10 minutes into our meeting he looked at me, and he said: ‘Jared I hope you don’t mind me telling you this, but you weren’t our first choice.’
‘And then he said, ”Would you like to know who was?” ”I said ”Oh I would, yes, very much”. [It was] Daniel Day Lewis, but he retired from acting.
‘So I’d just like to say quickly to Daniel, don’t stay away too long. I miss seeing you up there.’ Jared’s win marked one of two gongs for ‘Chernobyl’, which also walked away with the award for Best Mini-Series.
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
Elsewhere, Glenda Jackson took home the Leading Actress award for her work on ‘Elizabeth Is Missing’, beating out fan favourites Jodie Comer, and Suranne Jones, as well as Samantha Morton.
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, having originally been scheduled for 17 May.
Organisers confirmed at the time that following government advice they had opted to reschedule the ceremonies until later in the year.
Long-awaited: Organisers confirmed in March 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.
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.
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
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.’
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
Taskmaster – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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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