The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announces the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards. The Awards honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent from television and new media, and the ceremony will be held at The Brewery, in the City of London, on Sunday 13 May 2012.
- Seven nominations for Great Expectations
- Five nominations for Frozen Planet and Birdsong
- Four nominations for Appropriate Adult
- Downton Abbey, Top Boy, Sherlock and The Crimson Petal And The White all receive three nominations
- The X Factor, Terry Pratchett’s Choosing To Die, The Royal Wedding and The Hour have two nominations each in a wide-open race for the Broadcasters
This prestigious ceremony once again justifies its reputation as the most loved within the industry. Supporting their colleagues and presenting Awards on the night will be Shaun Dooley, Nicholas Parsons, Andrew Scott, Joe Thomas and Kierston Wareing. More names to be announced.
A hugely diverse range of programmes compete in each category for the coveted BAFTA masks. Leading the way with seven nominations is BBC One’s three-part adaptation, Great Expectations, starring Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, David Suchet and Douglas Booth.
Tying for second place with five nominations each are the BBC’s natural history epic Frozen Planet, which took viewers on a captivating journey to one of the most remote parts of the world, and Birdsong, the BBC’s war-time adaptation of the bestselling book.
Four nominations go to the ITV1 contemporary two-part drama Appropriate Adult, based on the true story of serial killer Fred West and the events between the Wests' arrests in 1994 and his suicide on New Year's Day, 1995.
Drama continues to do well at this year’s Awards with ITV’s international hit Downton Abbey, Channel 4’s gripping rendition of inner-city urban drug and gang culture Top Boy, BBC One’s modern re-telling of Sherlock and BBC Two’s journey into a Victorian tale of love, lust, desire and revenge with The Crimson Petal And The White all receiving three nominations each.
The nominees in the Break-Through Talent category are writer Tom Basden for the university-based comedy Fresh Meat, co-producer Kwadjo Dajan for Appropriate Adult, writer Stefan Golaszewski for the unique couple comedy Him & Her and Clare Johns producer/director for The Truth About Adoption (Panorama), which highlights the human cost of the 65,000 children in Britain looking to be placed within a new family.
The British Academy Television Craft Awards recognise skills across 18 different categories: Break-Through Talent sponsored by Sara Putt Associates, Costume Design, Digital Creativity, Director: Factual sponsored by ProductionBase, Director: Fiction sponsored by ProductionBase: Director: Multi-Camera sponsored by The Farm LA, Editing: Factual, Editing: Fiction, Entertainment Craft Team sponsored by Hotcam, Make-up and Hair Design sponsored by MAC, Original Music, Photography: Factual, Photography & Lighting: Fiction, Production Design, Sound: Factual, Sound: Fiction, Visual Effects and Writer.
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