BBC entertainment programme Strictly Come Dancing was honoured with the Special Award at BAFTA's Television Craft Awards ceremony.
In 2014 the BAFTA Television Craft Special Award was presented in recognition of the outstanding creative and technical teamwork behind Strictly Come Dancing. The much-loved BBC programme has delivered consistently high-quality, live entertainment over the past ten years of production and this award is presented in recognition of this longstanding achievement.
The presentation was made at the annual British Academy Television Craft Awards on 27 April 2014. Strictly contestant Kara Tointon and long-standing Strictly dance star Anton Du Beke presented the award to Nikki Parsons, director of the show.
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Talking of the show, BAFTA's Television Committee Chairman Andrew Newman praised the "outstanding craftsmanship" of Strictly, saying that it has "set new standards for talent and creativity both here in the UK and around the world". It is for this reason that the Academy has decided to honour the programme; "This Award is to honour the craft people who bring a show that entertains millions each week to life,".
This Special Award commends the outstanding craftsmanship of the phenomenon that is Strictly Come Dancing, which has set new standards for talent and creativity
The BBC's controller of entertainment production Katie Taylor described the news as "wonderful", praising the "hugely talented team" behind Strictly, while the show's director Nikki Parsons said the crew are "so excited" and went on; to explain "everyone gives 110% to give the show the highest possible production values throughout every series, so it is an honour for us to be recognised for our contribution to the huge success of Strictly over the last 10 years." Parsons will accept the honour at the Television Craft Awards ceremony on behalf of the team.
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