The nominations for the British Academy Television Craft Awards have been announced.
London, 24 March 2014: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards , which honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent from television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery on Sunday 27 April, and will be hosted once again by Stephen Mangan.
A diverse range of programmes compete in each category for the coveted BAFTA masks. Leading the way with six nominations is BBC Two’s gangster family epic Peaky Blinders, featuring Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory.
ITV’s Broadchurch follows closely with five nominations, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman as the officers investigating the murder of a young boy in a small coastal town, whilst Channel 4’s thriller, Utopia, receives four nominations.
With three nominations apiece are: Doctor Who drama An Adventure in Space and Time, Sky 3D’s David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D, and crime dramas Luther and Top of the Lake.
A number of programmes have two nominations each: documentary series Africa, an awe-inspiring journey through the world’s wildest continent; Burton and Taylor, portraying the final public appearance of Hollywood’s most glamorous couple; Dancing on the Edge following the lives of a jazz band in aristocratic 1930s London; Da Vinci's Demons, depicting the untold story of Leonardo Da Vinci; David Bowie – Five Years, an intimate portrait of the performer during the key years of his career; observational documentary Educating Yorkshire which filmed the lives of staff and students at a Yorkshire secondary school; and long-running motoring show Top Gear.
Graham Linehan receives two nominations in the Writer: Comedy category - the first for The IT Crowd, and the second for Count Arthur Strong with his co-writer Steve Delaney. James Corden and Mathew Baynton receive their first writing nominations for The Wrong Mans, in which they also star. Completing the category are Sam Bain, Jessie Armstrong and Tom Basden for Fresh Meat.
Nominated in the Writer: Drama category are Chris Chibnall for Broadchurch; Dominic Mitchell for In the Flesh; Sally Wainwright for Last Tango in Halifax; and Dennis Kelly for Utopia.
Other programmes with nominations include: Dates; PLEBS; Run; Downton Abbey; The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane; CBeebies Playtime; D-Day: As It Happens; This Morning: Take Over the Makeover; Her Majesty’s Prison Aylesbury; The Murder Trial; The Unspeakable Crime: Rape; The Funeral of Baroness Thatcher; The Graham Norton Show; Strictly Come Dancing; The X Factor; Arena: The National Theatre; The Fall; Doctor Who at the Proms 2013; Dynamo Magician Impossible; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; Death Comes To Pemberley; Mechanical Marvels; Rebuilding The World Trade Centre; Syria: Across The Lines; Ripper Street; Britten’s Endgame; Hebrides – Islands On The Edge; The Escape Artist; Doctor Who: Day Of The Doctor; and Micro Monsters With David Attenborough.
On 20 March, BAFTA announced that Saturday night entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing will receive the BAFTA Special Award at the Television Craft Awards ceremony. The behind-the-scenes crew are being awarded in recognition of the outstanding creative and technical teamwork that delivers consistently high-quality live entertainment and celebrates the past ten years of production.
The British Academy Television Craft Awards recognise skills across 19 different categories: Breakthrough Talent sponsored by Sara Putt Associates; Costume Design; Digital Creativity; Director: Factual; Director: Fiction; Director: Multi-Camera sponsored by The London Studios; Editing: Factual sponsored by G-Technology; 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; Special, Visual & Graphic Effects; Writer: Drama; and Writer: Comedy sponsored by The Farm LA.
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