Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, Educating Yorkshire, Gogglebox and The Great British Bake Off all face the Public Vote at this year’s British Academy Television Awards.
London, 7 April 2014: The Arqiva British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 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 Aquiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 18 May, 2014.
The Radio Times Audience Award rewards programmes that have captured audiences’ imaginations, got the nation talking and have become must-watch TV over the past year. A panel of leading media and entertainment journalists curated the shortlist, which this year features a range of US and UK drama, factual entertainment and science fiction.
From Monday 7 April until noon on Thursday 15 May, members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for the Radio Times Audience Award at:
Ben Preston, Editor of Radio Times, said: “It’s a brilliant shortlist which confirms the astonishing variety which makes British television so special. From the smash-hit Broadchurch that had the nation debating whodunnit to Doctor Who’s 50th which was a genuine global TV event. A vintage Bake Off and Educating Yorkshire, a documentary which touched people’s hearts; Breaking Bad made Netflix mainstream and Gogglebox showed that even watching people watching TV can be addictive viewing! This is a shortlist to be celebrated and squabble over, now it’s up to the viewing public to decide the winner.”
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, added: “The nominations for the Radio Times Audience Award this year are a wonderfully diverse selection and reflect the myriad tastes of the British viewing public. Every one of these programmes has proved to be incredibly popular in its own right, and I look forward to seeing which will be crowned the public’s favourite on Sunday 18 May.”
Hosted by Graham Norton, the Awards will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sunday 18 May 2014 and will be broadcast on BBC One.
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The Great British Bake Off
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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 Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, master classes, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its on going outreach work. For further information, visit www.bafta.org
Radio Times is the UK’s biggest selling quality magazine, selling an average 831,591 copies a week and being read by over 2.3 million people. It is the bible for the best television, radio and film coverage; with exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the business, behind-the-scenes insights, exclusive photo shoots and detailed listings for over 100 digital TV and radio channels. Radio Times has a wealth of critics, each renowned experts in their fields, delivering incisive recommendations to the best broadcasting has to offer every week. Radiotimes.com reaches 3.7 million unique users a month, and Radio Times’ Guide to Film book is the market leading title.
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 2013 and 31 December 2013, to create the six shortlisted programmes eligible for public vote.