You are here

Television Awards Categories

7 November 2012
BAFTA masks wait to be presented at the British Academy Television Awards.BAFTA / Richard Kendal

The full list of categories for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards.

The Academy’s annual Television Awards have continued to evolve since their inception. This year, 22 television awards will be presented to the industry’s outstanding talent. In addition the Academy awards behind the scenes TV talent at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

Please download the Television Awards Rule Book (106.1 KB)

Sir Trevor McdonaldBAFTA/ Phil Fisk

The Academy Fellowship

This is the highest accolade the Academy presents and is bestowed for an individual's work and achievements throughout their career in the industry. Recent television fellows have included Sir Trevor McDonald OBE in 2011, Melvyn (Lord) Bragg in 2010 and French and Saunders in 2009.

See the full list of BAFTA Fellows

2011 Special Award Winner: Peter Bennett JonesBAFTA/Steve Butler

The Academy Special Award

The Special Award honours those who has made a significant contribution to their sector and may not otherwise have received the recognition they deserve. The Award may be presented at ceremonies or at special events to an individual. In exceptional circumstances, companies or bodies, or specific films, programmes or games may be presented with the Special Award.

View the Full List of Special Award recipients

! Performance Categories

ACTRESS

ACTOR

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

For an Actress who has made a significant contribution to the fabric of the show.

SUPPORTING ACTOR

For an Actor who has made a significant contribution to the fabric of the show.

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

This category includes stand-up.

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME

This includes comedy programmes, sketch shows and situation comedies.

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME

This includes comedy programmes, sketch shows and situation comedies.


Production Categories

SINGLE DRAMA

  • This should be a single, self-contained drama - minimum length 30 minutes. When part of a strand, the umbrella title should also be listed.
  • In the event of being short-listed, the full programme should be uploaded for jury consideration.

MINI-SERIES

  • A drama of between two and five episodes.
  • Only one episode of a series may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

DRAMA SERIES

  • A drama of between six and nineteen episodes.
  • Only one episode of a series may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA

  • A drama transmitted for a minimum of 20 episodes throughout the year.
  • Only a single episode of no more than an hour’s duration may be entered, this excludes specials, as the episode selected must be fully representative of the series.
  • If shortlisted: two episodes may be uploaded for jury viewing. Where possible this should show the range of the programme being considered and shout not be two consecutive episodes.

INTERNATIONAL

  • This is for a single programme or series acquired from the international marketplace, covering all genres.
  • Only a single episode may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

FACTUAL SERIES

  • More than one factual programme linked through a unified approach, narrative or the thematic development of a subject matter.
  • Includes 'reality' programmes where the formatting consists ONLY of setting up an initial situation, which is then observed unfolding without further intervention such as The Family.
  • Excludes 'reality' programmes which employ further rules, intervention and/or which introduce challenges, such as The Apprentice, which should be entered in the Reality and Constructed Factual category.
  • Excludes strands such as Cutting Edge or One Life (individual episodes of strands can be entered for the Single Documentary award).
  • Excludes Arts, History, Natural History and Science series which are eligible in the Specialist Factual category.
  • Only one episode of a series may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

  • Specifically for Arts, Religion, History, Natural History & Science programmes or series and includes both factual and performance programmes.
  • Excludes entire strands such as The South Bank Show or Horizon but includes individual programmes from those strands
  • 'Factual drama' is only admissible when the drama content very closely and accurately recreates specific historical events and identified individuals.
  • Dramas that are presented as 'factual' on the basis they broadly represent historical events should be entered in the drama categories.
  • Only one episode of a series may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

  • For one-off documentaries only.
  • Includes individual episodes of factual or documentary strands (such as Cutting Edge or One Life)
  • Excludes individual episodes of documentary series (such as Paul Merton’s in India) - these should be entered under the Factual Series category.
  • In the event of being shortlisted, the full programme should be uploaded for jury consideration.

FEATURES

  • Includes Factual programmes not included in any other categories - includes cookery and cookery competitions, gardening, property, fashion and all other lifestyle programming and studio discussions.
  • Excludes 'reality' programmes in which the formatting consists ONLY of setting up an initial situation which is then observed unfolding without further intervention, such as The Family which would be eligible in the Factual Series category.
  • Excludes overall strands.
  • Only one episode of a series may be entered and uploaded for viewing. It must be a true representation of the series.

REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL

  • Programmes where participants are put into an environment or format and the observed interacting in situations devised by the producer. This can include anything from shows where in a single episode subjects act according to format rules (eg Don't Tell the Bride) to longer form real life soap operas when there is significant production intervention or staging (eg The Only Way Is Essex) to bigger scale formats where large casts of contestants perform elaborate tasks often living together within a constructed universe (eg I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, The Apprentice)
  • Only one episode of a series may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • For single films, or films from a strand that are primarily concerned with unfolding current affairs.
  • The winner will demonstrate a commitment to original journalism of the highest order and will aim to provide revelation, fresh insight and analysis. It will have moved on the agenda and debate.
  • It will promote new understanding through analysis or reportage, and will be representative of journalism that makes a difference.
  • It may or may not have an on-screen reporter.
  • In the event of being shortlisted the complete single film or one episode from the strand must be uploaded.

NEWS COVERAGE

  • Coverage of an individual news programme in its entirety.
  • In the case of 24-hour news channels, the broadcaster is permitted to submit news programming of up to one hour’s duration, running continuously without any internal editing.
  • In the event of being short-listed, one hour of the coverage can be uploaded for jury viewing.

SPORT & LIVE EVENT

  • For the television coverage of sporting events and other large scale outside broadcast events.
  • In the event of being short-listed, one hour of the entered programme can be uploaded for jury viewing.

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME

  • Includes general entertainment programmes, variety shows, game shows, quizzes, panel games, stand-up comedy and celebrity chat shows.
  • Only one episode may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

COMEDY PROGRAMME

  • Includes sketch programmes.
  • Based upon a single episode.
  • In the event of being short-listed, only one episode may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

SITUATION COMEDY

  • Only one episode may be entered and uploaded for viewing.

In addition the British public are invited to vote for their favourite TV show of the past year in the Radio Times Audience Award.