Here’s who’s up for what at tonight’s TV BAFTA Awards as stars get ready to accept their prizes virtually.
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They might not be getting the fancy red carpet treatment, but the stars of our favourite shows will still be out in force – albeit virtually – for the BAFTA TV awards this evening.
Bookshelves crammed with weighty tomes? A casual display of awards from previous years and shows? Messy kitchens and impromptu visits from kids and pets? This year, viewers will get to see the BAFTA nominees in their natural habitats.
- Scroll down for a full list of nominees
After picking up a whopping seven prizes earlier this month at the organisation’s craft awards, celebrating technical achievement, Sky original Chernobyl is one of the favourites for more big wins tonight.
Telling the story of the nuclear disaster at the Ukraine plant on 26 April 1986, the five-part series’ ensemble cast includes Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard, who are nominated for leading actor and supporting actor respectively.
It is also up for best mini-series, bagging three nominations in total; wins at the BAFTAs would follow huge success at last year’s Emmys, where it picked up several awards.
Director Johan Renck told Sky News that everyone involved was “pretty stunned by the reception”, but that “whether it has to do with serendipity or zeitgeist or timing, right now at this time, people wanted something of this nature”.
Other favourites include Netflix royal saga The Crown and Phoebe Waller-Bridge comedy Fleabag, which are both also up for several prizes.
The Crown is in the running for best drama series, supporting actor (Josh O’Connor) and supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter); somewhat controversially, Olivia Colman missed out on a place in the leading actress shortlist for her portrayal of the Queen in the show, despite picking up a Golden Globe earlier in the year and a nomination for the upcoming Emmys in the US.
Fleabag is on the shortlist for best scripted comedy, while Waller-Bridge and her on-screen sister Sian Clifford are both in the running for the best female performance in a comedy programme prize. The BBC show is also up for a new, public-voted gong, the must-see moment, for its famous “hot priest” confessional scene.
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Other shows in the running for awards include Shane Meadows’ gritty drama The Virtues, thriller Giri/Haji and Netflix comedy Sex Education.
In the news category, Sky News’ coverage of the Hong Kong protests will go up against Emily Maitlis’ infamous interview with Prince Andrew over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, the ITV coverage of election night and a Victoria Derbyshire special on knife crime.
And there was a bit of upset in the soap and continuing drama category, with EastEnders left off the shortlist; Coronation Street and Emmerdale made the cut, along with medical dramas Casualty and Holby City.
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The TV BAFTAs ceremony was originally due to take place on 17 May, but was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.
Tonight’s event will take place as a closed studio, socially-distanced show, with nominees accepting their awards virtually – wifi permitting – and will be broadcast on BBC One from 7pm.
Richard Ayoade will host the show, with Hollywood star Idris Elba receiving the special award – one of BAFTA’s highest accolades – for his creative contribution to television and work promoting diversity and new talent in the industry.
But with no red carpet, will the stars still be dressing up?
“Dressing gown and a cup of coffee,” Chernobyl nominee Harris said at a Q&A ahead of the awards, but Jasmine Jobson, nominated for best supporting actress nominee for Top Boy, plans to make an effort.
“Just because I’m not going to be on a red carpet does not mean that I cannot dress up,” she said.
Whether the stars turn out in fancy frocks or pyjamas, this year’s TV BAFTAs will certainly be one to remember.
Here are all the nominees in full
- Jodie Comer, Killing Eve – BBC OneGlenda Jackson, Elizabeth is Missing – BBC OneSuranne Jones, Gentleman Jack – BBC OneSamantha Morton, I Am Kirsty – Channel 4
- Jared Harris, Chernobyl – Sky AtlanticStephen Graham, The Virtues – Channel 4Takehiro Hira, Giri/Haji – BBC TwoCallum Turner, The Capture – BBC One
- Naomi Ackie, The End of the F***ing World – Channel 4Helen Behan, The Virtues – Channel 4Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown – NetflixJasmine Jobson, Top Boy – Netflix
- Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl – Sky AtlanticJoe Absolom, A Confession – ITVJosh O’Connor, The Crown – NetflixWill Sharpe, Giri/Haji – BBC Two
Male performance in a comedy programme
- Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats – Channel 4Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education – NetflixYoussef Kerkour, Home – Channel 4Guz Khan, Man Like Mobeen – BBC Three
Female performance in a comedy programme
- Sarah Kendall, Frayed – Sky OneSian Clifford, Fleabag – BBC ThreeGbemisola Ikumelo, Famalam – BBC ThreePhoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – BBC Three
- Frankie Boyle, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order – BBC TwoMo Gilligan, The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan – Channel 4Lee Mack, Would I Lie to You? – BBC OneGraham Norton, The Graham Norton Show – BBC One
- The Crown – NetflixThe End Of The F***ing World – Channel 4Gentleman Jack – BBC OneGiri/Haji – BBC Two
- Brexit: The Uncivil War – Channel 4Elizabeth Is Missing – BBC OneThe Left Behind – BBC ThreeResponsible Child – BBC Two
- Chernobyl – Sky AtlanticA Confession – ITVThe Victim – BBC OneThe Virtues – Channel 4
Soap and continuing drama
- Casualty – BBC OneCoronation Street – ITVEmmerdale – ITVHolby City – BBC One
- Euphoria – Sky AtlanticSuccession – Sky AtlanticUnbelievable – NetflixWhen They See Us – Netflix
- The Greatest Dancer – BBC OneThe Rap Game UK – BBC ThreeStrictly Come Dancing – BBC OneThe Voice UK – ITV
Comedy and comedy entertainment programme
- The Graham Norton Show – BBC OneThe Last Leg – Channel 4The Ranganation – BBC TwoTaskmaster – Dave
- Catastrophe – Channel 4Derry Girls – Channel 4Fleabag – BBC ThreeStath Lets Flats – Channel 4
- Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back – Channel 4The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan – BBC TwoMortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – BBC TwoSnackmasters – Channel 4
- Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids (Dispatches) – Channel 4The Hunt For Jihadi John – Channel 4Is Labour Anti-Semitic? (Panorama) – BBC OneUndercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Exposure) – ITV
- The Abused – Channel 5David Harewood: Psychosis And Me – BBC TwoThe Family Secret – Channel 4The Last Survivors – BBC Two
- Hong Kong Protests – Sky NewsITV News At Ten: Election Results – ITN/ITVPrince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal (Newsnight) – BBC News/BBC TwoVictoria Derbyshire: Men Who Lost Loved Ones To Knife Crime – BBC News/BBC Two
- ICC Cricket World Cup Final – Sky Sports Cricket2019 Rugby World Cup Final: England v South Africa – ITVFIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Semi Final: England v USA – BBC OneWimbledon 2019 Men’s Final – BBC One
- 8 Days: To The Moon And Back – BBC TwoSeven Worlds, One Planet – BBC OneThatcher: A Very British Revolution – BBC TwoYorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story – BBC Four
- Crime And Punishment – Channel 4Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer – NetflixLeaving Neverland – Channel 4Our Dementia Choir With Vicky McClure – BBC One
- Blue Planet Live – BBC OneElection 2019 Live: The Results – ITN/ITVGlastonbury 2019 – BBC TwoOperation Live – Channel 5
- Anywhere But Westminster – The GuardianBrain In Gear – BBC iPlayerSoon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle – BBC FourToni_With_An_I (Born Digital: First Cuts) – BBC Four
Reality and constructed factual
- Celebrity Gogglebox – Channel 4Harry’s Heroes: The Full English – ITVRace Across The World – BBC TwoRuPaul’s Drag Race UK – BBC Three
Must-see moment (voted for by the public)
- Game of Thrones, Arya kills the Night King – Sky AtlanticCoronation Street, the death of Sinead Osborne – ITVFleabag, Confessional scene – BBC ThreeGavin and Stacey, Nessa proposes to Smithy – BBC OneLine of Duty, John Corbett’s death – BBC OneLove Island, Michael recouples after Casa Amor – ITV2
The virtual TV BAFTA Awards ceremony takes place tonight at 7pm.