The official list of nominations for the British Academy Television Craft Awards to be hosted by Christine Bleakley on Sunday 23 May.
Coronation Street to receive Special Award
Red Riding leads with seven nominations
Four nominations for Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander
Christine Bleakley hosts her first BAFTA Ceremony
New Award for Entertainment Production Team
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts today announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards which honour the unsung heroes behind the scenes of television and new media. The ceremony will be hosted for the first time by Christine Bleakley and held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Sunday 23 May.
Over 50 different programmes and platforms are competing for the prestigious BAFTA mask. The skills recognised include Editing, Costume Design, Titles, Make Up & Hair Design, Production Design, Direction, Music, Writing, Photography, Sound and online creativity.
Leading the pack with seven nominations is Red Riding, the ambitious and dark trilogy of interlinking films set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and ‘80s. The series is nominated for Costume Design, Editing Fiction, Original Television Music, Production Design, Sound Fiction and Make Up & Hair Design sponsored by MAC for the 1974 episode and Photography & Lighting Fiction for 1983.
The Special Award will be presented to the production team behind the world’s longest running drama serial, Coronation Street. Its first episode was transmitted live on 9 December 1960, changing television history forever. 7000 episodes and the comings and goings of more than 3,500 characters make it a truly worthy recipient.
Coronation Street’s Executive Producer Kieran Roberts said: "The wonderful actors in the early episodes of Coronation Street rightly became celebrated, but behind the cameras there were many other stars in the birth of British Television’s most successful drama serial: creator Tony Warren, of course, and the writers who followed him; the producers and directors and casting directors, technicians and designers who brought Tony’s vision to life; and the production teams and crews whose great skill and commitment brought it to screen. Fifty years on, Coronation Street is still brought to life and to screen by a huge team of dedicated and highly talented people behind the camera. We’re delighted that the Special Award at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards recognises the extraordinary contribution to British Television made by the entire Coronation Street team, not just this year but in every single year across five decades."
The Apprentice, Britain’s Got Talent, Top Gear and X Factor are the nominees in the new Entertainment Production Team category sponsored by HotCam. The nominees were judged on craft skills including direction, editing, photography, lighting, sound and production design.
Wallander, the drama series starring Kenneth Branagh as a detective investigating a series of violent and terrifying murders in the beautiful setting of southern Sweden is nominated in four categories - Photography & Lighting Fiction, Production Design, Director Fiction and Sound Fiction.
The Slumdog Children of Mumbai, Life and Cranford all have three nominations each. The Slumdog Children of Mumbai, a moving documentary following the lives of four children caught up in the maelstrom of life in the slums of Mumbai, is recognised in Director Factual, Editing Factual and Photography Factual. Life, the wildlife epic documentary series hosted by David Attenborough and four years in the making received nominations for Birds - Editing Factual and Insects – Photography Factual and Sound Factual. And Cranford, the funny and touching costume drama, received Costume Design, Sound Fiction and Writer nominations.
Joining Cranford’s Heidi Thomas in the battle for the highly coveted Writer award are Peter Bowker for his powerful series Occupation, which traced the lives of three British soldiers from the invasion of Basra in 2003 to the present day, Guy Hibbert’s unique drama Five Minutes Of Heaven that explored aspects of Northern Ireland’s troubled past and the challenges that the future holds in coming to terms with it, and the writing team for the dark political comedy, The Thick Of It.
This year’s Break-through Talent category sponsored by The Farm features four very diverse talents who have delivered ground-breaking television. Writer Ed Hime is nominated for his work on the BAFTA-winning series Skins. Documentary Producer/Director Matt Rudge is recognised for The Autistic Me and follow-up film The Autistic Me: 1 Year On. Self-shooting Producer/Director Jessie Versluys is nominated for work that includes Katie: My Beautiful Face and The Hospital – A&E. Producer/Director Ed Wardle receives his nomination for Alone in the Wild, where he filmed himself trying to survive for 50 days in a remote area of Northern Canada.
Also joining the hugely talented line-up at the ceremony will be the four young finalists for the new BBC Blast & BAFTA Screen-Skills Award. Screenwriter Harriet Beaney (16, Sheffield), Director of Photography Sam Shetabi (19, London), Editor Jack Croker (18, Bath) and Composer Joe Reed (18, Bath) are hoping to make their careers in television and the winner of the Award will be mentored by BAFTA.
The British Academy Television Craft Awards and the BAFTA Cymru Film, Television and Interactive Awards both take place on Sunday 23 May at the London Hilton and Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, respectively, in a joint celebration of excellence.
With an abundance of talent nationwide, the 23 May is a landmark date - a BAFTA night to reward the very best in television from 2009/10.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. For further information visit www.bafta.org
BBC Blast & BAFTA Screen-Skills Award:
The Screen-Skills nominees’ blogs are now online on the BAFTA site: www.bafta.org/awards/television-craft/screen-skills/
For further information on this year’s event please contact:
Deborah Goodman @ DGPR
Tel: 0208 959 9980 / 07958 611218