HBO’s Chernobyl dominates

Chernobyl swept the board in this year’s BAFTA TV Awards 2020 nominations, announced today.

The HBO and Sky Atlantic miniseries is up for 14 awards, including Leading Actor for Jared Harris and Supporting Actor for Stellan Skarsgard.

A good year for Netflix

Meanwhile Netflix’s dramatised biography of the British royals, The Crown, has seven nominations, including nods to Josh O’Connor and Helena Bonham-Carter for their supporting roles as Prince Charles and Princess Margaret.

It’s been a good year for Netflix, with dark comedy The End Of The F***ing World, comedy-drama Sex Education, true-crime documentary Don’t F**k With Cats, British drama Top Boy and nature documentary Our Planet all up for multiple awards.

TOPSHOT - British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses with the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series for "Fleabag" during the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

BBC Three comedy series Fleabag has seven nominations, as well as being included in the public voted Must-See Moment category. It dominates the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category, with two of the four nominations going to Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the titular character and Sian Clifford for her role as Fleabag’s neurotic older sister Claire.

BBC Two thriller Giri/Haji is up for six awards, including Drama Series and acting nominations for Takehiro Hira and Will Sharpe.

On the other hand, it’s been a downward turn for Killing Eve. Last year the BBC drama was up for 14 awards – this year it’s only nominated for four, after mixed reviews for the third season. However, Jodie Comer is up for Leading Actress for her performance as Villanelle for the second year in a row after winning in 2019.

BAFTA’s step forward in BAME representation

The 2020 BAFTA Film Awards, held in February, were criticised for only nominating white actors, including nominating Margot Robbie twice in the same category. However, public pressure appears to have had some effect as this year’s TV awards have BAME nominations in nearly every acting category – but not all. BAFTA said there was a 22% increase of nominees of colour across the performance categories this year compared with 2019.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 23:  Actor Richard Ayoade arrives at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's "The Watch" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

This year’s awards for acting and best overall series will be presented on 31 July in a closed studio, hosted by comedian and filmmaker Richard Ayoade. The ceremony, which usually takes place in May, has already been delayed due to covid-19. Winners will give virtual acceptance speeches and the ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One.

The BAFTA Craft Awards, which celebrate behind-the-scenes talent including writing, editing and costume design will be hosted by actor Stephen Mangan and broadcast on 17 July.

The full list of nominations can be found here.

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