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BAFTA Cymru launches series of free online events featuring BAFTA-nominated TV shows and talent

29 September 2020
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Adrian Bate, Caroline McCall, Dafne Keen, Gabrielle Creevy, Hanna Jarman, Jane Tranter, Jonathan Pryce, Kayleigh Llewellyn, Nerys Evans, Ray Holman, Russell T Davies, Siân Jenkins, Sion Daniel Young and Tracie Simpson will join Cymru Awards: The Sessions 2020 this October.

Free tickets available now at events.bafta.org

 

We have today announced the line-up for Cymru Awards: The Sessions an event-series celebrating nominees and nominated programmes from the British Academy Cymru Awards.

This is the first time the event series will be held in Wales, in-line with the popular TV Sessions held preceding the British Academy Television Awards.

Panels of nominees and industry experts will offer  insight into their craft and the nominated programmes and films they have worked on including Eternal Beauty, Fleabag, His Dark Materials, In My Skin, Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher, Merched Parchus (Respectable Girls), The Left Behind and Years and Years.

Cymru Awards: The Sessions, will take place on BAFTA’s Zoom channel  from  12-23 of October and the activity is open to industry and public guests, with tickets available now for free at events.bafta.org.

In previous years, the BAFTA TV Awards Sessions took place as a single day of in-person events and talks at BAFTA in London. This year, BAFTA has adapted the format to take place digitally, in-line with Government restrictions. Cymru Awards: The Sessions will also follow this new format. The series of events and social content is scheduled to take place in the run up to the transmission of the British Academy Cymru Awards ceremony on 25 October at 7pm on BAFTA Cymru’s Twitter, YouTube and Facebook channels.

Open to the public, Cymru Awards: The Sessions allows audiences to delve into the world of their favourite content, offering insights into the craft of film and television-making, with stories from behind the scenes. Guest speakers are invited to discuss their work and members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. The writer session in particular will offer the chance for audiences to hear from 20-time nominee and previous winner Russell T Davies discuss his craft with first time nominees Kayleigh Llewellyn and Hanna Jarman.

Current highlights from the event schedule include sessions featuring Russell T Davies, Kayleigh Llewellyn and Hanna Jarman discussing writing; Ray Holman, Caroline McCall and Siân Jenkins discussing costume design and Jane Tranter, Adrian Bate and Tracie Simpson discussing producing television drama.

Angharad Mair, Chair of BAFTA Cymru, said: “We are excited to be hosting The Sessions virtually this year and for the first time in relation to the Cymru Awards, allowing us to deliver a larger programme of events than ever before to celebrate and showcase some of our nominees. It is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from the creative minds who make the film and television people love. Congratulations again to all our nominees!”

The event schedule is listed below, with more activity to be announced. Free tickets are available now from events.bafta.org.

CYMRU AWARDS: THE SESSIONS 2020 Schedule:

The Craft of Costume Design

Monday 12th October
18:30 – 19:30

A unique opportunity to hear from this year’s nominees in the Costume Design category as they discuss their nominated work.

Speakers:

Caroline McCall (His Dark Materials)
Ray Holman (Fleabag)
Sian Jenkins (Eternal Beauty)
Hosted by Linda Haysman


Creating Worlds: Writing

Thursday 15th October
18:30-19:30

Hear from this year’s Writer nominees, as they share insights on their craft and discuss their nominated work – spanning a range of themes.

Speakers:

Hanna Jarman (Merched Parchus)
Kayleigh Llewellyn (In My Skin)
Mari Beard (Merched Parchus)
Russell T Davies (Years and Years)
Hosted by Chinonyerem Odimba


Making a TV Drama

Wednesday 21st October
18:00 – 19:00

Join us for an in-depth discussion with the producers behind this year’s TV Drama nominations. We’ll be discussing the creative process and challenges involved in producing a successful drama. 

Speakers:

Adrian Bate, Executive Producer (Keeping Faith/ Un Bore Mercher)
Jane Tranter, Executive Producer (His Dark Materials)
Nerys Evans, Executive Producer (In My Skin)
Tracie Simpson, Producer (The Left Behind)
Hosted by Clare Hudson


Actors in Conversation 

Friday 23rd October 
18:00 - 19:00 

This year’s nominees will discuss how they approached their performances, preparation for the project and the challenges in bringing these powerful performers to our screens.

Speakers: 

Speakers:
Dafne Keen (His Dark Materials) 
Gabrielle Creevy (In My Skin) 
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Sion Daniel Young (The Left Behind)

Hosted by Celyn Jones