Doctor Foster, The Great British Bake Off, Making A Murderer, Peter Kay’s Car Share, Humans and Poldark face the Public Vote at this year’s House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards
We have today announced the shortlist of nominated programmes for this year’s Radio Times Audience Award, the only award voted for by the British public at the upcoming House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 8 May.
The nominations are:
Making a Murderer
Peter Kay’s Car Share
The Great British Bake Off
The Radio Times Audience Award rewards programmes that have captured audiences’ imaginations, got the nation talking and have become must-watch television over the past year. A panel of leading media and entertainment journalists collated the shortlist, which this year champions British drama, entertainment and docu-series.
From Tuesday 29 March (09:00) until Thursday 5 May (16.00) members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for the Radio Times Audience Award at www.radiotimes.com/bafta.
Ben Preston, Editor of Radio Times, said: “British television is on a roll and viewers are reveling in this new golden age of choice and creativity. This shortlist is truly six of the best – six great but very different shows which all captured the public imagination and got the nation talking.”
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, added: “The six shortlisted programmes showcase truly entertaining and captivating television from last year. Every programme that made the list caught the public’s attention and created conversation over the past year, which makes this a tough but exciting decision to make and I’m looking forward to finding out who the winner will be”
The nominations for the House of Fraser British Academy Television awards will be announced on Wednesday 30th March 2016.
The winner of the Radio Times Audience Award will be announced at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 8 May.
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About the Radio Times Audience Award nominations:
Doctor Foster is a gripping psychological drama centred on a strong female lead whose life suddenly spirals into uncertainty and suspicion.
Gemma Foster is a woman in control: a talented family doctor at the heart of her community, a loving wife and mother, a woman people can trust. But her world is fractured the moment she suspects her husband, Simon, of having an affair. Her friends tell her she’s paranoid. But Gemma’s determined to discover the truth and unearths dark secrets that could threaten everything she loves: her home, her cherished medical career and her precious son. As the lives of Gemma’s family and patients are thrown into chaos, only one thing is certain – Gemma will find herself behaving in ways she could never have imagined. DOCTOR FOSTER is a compelling piece of character-driven storytelling, examining what it feels like to be betrayed, to have your heart broken and your life ripped apart… and what you might do in return.
The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Bake Off is the ultimate baking challenge for passionate amateur bakers. Set in what has become the iconic Bake Off tent, in the middle of the British countryside, 12 amateur bakers don aprons and face 30 challenges created by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to test their baking prowess, skill and creativity. Over the course of 10 weeks, the bakers - young and old, from every background and every corner of Britain – tackle increasingly difficult baking disciplines in a bid to be crowned Britain's Best Amateur Baker. Throughout, presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are on hand to help out, offer support and encouragement and eat vital ingredients
Making a Murderer
Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America's heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear.
Peter Kay’s Car Share
Car Share is directed by and stars Peter Kay.
The sitcom follows John Redmond (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme, forcing their paths to cross as they journey to their respective jobs at a major out-of-town supermarket. Each journey brings fresh insight into John and Kayleigh's lives, with twists and turns in their unlikely relationship.
What makes us human? Can a synthetic creation ever think and feel the way we do? And if so, what do we do about it? Humans takes such a scenario and turns it into both a hair-raising thriller, and a rumination on the nature of humanity.
Joe Hawkins makes the decision to invest in the latest must-have gadget for any busy family – a Synth. He believes the addition to the household of a highly-developed robotic servant almost identical to humans will give his wife Laura and him the time they so desperately need and help them re-connect both as a couple and as a family. Synth Anita is an immediate hit, and a chaotic house is suddenly transformed into an oasis of tidy contentment. On her return from a work trip, a suspicious Laura seems less won over by Anita’s presence in her home. There’s just something about her. Every now and again she does something inexplicable, something… almost human
1783 - Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns to Cornwall to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), engaged to marry his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller). On an impulse, Ross saves street urchin Demelza, (Eleanor Tomlinson), and with her help and a steely resolve, Ross turns around his fortunes despite George Warleggan's (Jack Farthing) best efforts.
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Amanda Hearn at freuds
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About Radio Times
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About the Media Panel
The media panel was made up of key entertainment and media journalists across print, TV, radio and online outlets. The panel debated over a long list of TV shows that aired between 1 January and 31 December 2014, to create the seven shortlisted programmes eligible for public vote.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.