Baftas: who’ll get the gong?
BAFTA TV Awards, 8pm, Sunday 12 May on BBC One
The countdown has begun! It’s not long now until we see the cream of British television come together at London’s Royal Festival Hall to celebrate 12 months of sensational screen delights at this years BAFTA TV Awards.
It’s been another incredible year of television, that has seen audiences delighted, dazzled and divided in equal measure, and now it’s time to hand out some silverware.
As TV fans around the country get ready to see a host of famous faces strut their stuff down the glitzy red carpet, here we’ve taken a snapshot of the gongs up for grabs and decided who has our vote…
Every year a bunch of journalists, critics and bloggers head to the BAFTA headquarters to drink champagne while they lock horns for hours over the TV moment they think had the nation gripped. This year it was harder than ever, but they’ve managed to whittle it down to six key moments. From the shocking death of Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) in Bodyguard (BBC One) to the finale of Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC One), the competition is hot. However, for us, the stand-out moment came all the way from Weatherfield as Gail Rodwell (Helen Worth) delivered a stunning monologue following the tragic suicide of Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward). The soap is a jewel in ITV’s crown and Gail delivered a classic Corrie speech that tore at the heartstrings and left the nation in tears.
British drama is on fire right now and thanks to online platforms, viewers around the globe are getting a taste of the delights we have to offer on our shores. It’s been another cracking year, and cutting down the hopefuls to just Bodyguard (BBC One), Killing Eve (BBC Three), Save Me (Sky Atlantic) and Informer (BBC One) must have been tough going. For us, it’s a close call between Killing Eve and Bodyguard but in the end, the nail-biting action from TV guru Jed Mercurio just nudged ahead. That’s because not only did Richard Madden’s portrayal of bodyguard David Budd spark rumours around the globe that he’s going to be the next James Bond, but months later we’re all still discussing whether Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) is actually dead!
They might only be bitesize when it comes to the number of episodes, but that doesn’t mean mini-series are any less dramatic than some of their rivals on the box. This year TV bosses have served up some tasty dishes, and the top four battling it out for the prize this year are A Very English Scandal (BBC One), Kiri (Channel 4), Mrs Wilson (BBC One) and Patrick Melrose (Showtime/Sky Atlantic). While Hugh Grant’s portrayal of Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal has already helped the show bag a load of awards, for us this BAFTA has to be won by Mrs Wilson. The story followed Alison Wilson who was stunned to discover her dead husband was an MI6 agent who had three other secret families. What stood out for us was actress Ruth Wilson (star of Luther and The Affair) who took on the title role. Not only was her acting top-notch but she was playing her own grandmother as the story was based on her real family.
While we all revel in the glitz of shows like Strictly Come Dancing or the drama of Unforgotten on ITV, it’s easy to forget the sensational news coverage which shines a light on serious issues gripping our nation. This year journalists across the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 have not shied away from tough subjects, with four stories taking centre stage on Sunday: Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons – Newsnight (BBC Two), Cambridge Analytica Uncovered (Channel 4), Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge (ITV) and Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive (ITV). For us, the winner has to be Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid’s no-holds-barred look at the knife crime epidemic gripping this nation on Good Morning Britain. It has not been a one-off for them; they have been relentless over the course of months in getting to the heart of the issue, forcing viewers to tackle their own prejudices while also asking for answers from both politicians and those impacted on the streets.
This category is a tough one for TV fans because it’s a weird mix of reality and factual entertainment, from The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night (ITV) trying to raise awareness around cancer to a host of celebs munching on bugs in the I’m A Celebrity jungle. This year Dragons’ Den (BBC Two) and Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (Channel 4) are also in the mix. While the obvious choice is I’m A Celebrity, which has the nation hooked every night for three weeks a year, for us the winner is Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds. Watching a bunch of tiny humans put a spark of life back into the eyes of pensioners in a care home is just the perfect antidote to all the doom and gloom in the real world.