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2011 Television Craft Nominations

12 April 2011

Nominations for the 2011 British Academy Television Craft Awards announced this morning. The Awards recognise behind the scenes talent in the television industry and will take place on Sunday 8 May.

  • Seven nominations for Human Planet
  • Five nominations for Eric and Ernie, Any Human Heart and Downton Abbey
  • Springwatch receives the Special Award
  • Miranda, Misfits, Mongrels, Sherlock Holmes, Strictly Come Dancing, Coronation Street, The X Factor & Going Postal all receive nominations in a wide-open race for the Broadcasters

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards. Honouring the very best behind the scenes talent from television and new media, the Awards will be held at The Brewery in the City of London on Sunday 8 May 2011.

This prestigious ceremony once again justifies its reputation as the most loved within the industry and this is reflected in the high profile presenters who will be supporting their colleagues on the night. Confirmed to join host Stephen Mangan are Christopher Eccleston, Tamsin Grieg, Hugh Bonneville, Olivia Colman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Katie Piper, Nina Sosanya, Paterson Joseph and Vicky McClure.

Leading the way with seven nominations is BBC One’s Human Planet series, which travelled the Arctic, jungles and oceans of the world looking at human life in these unforgiving habitats.

With five nominations each: Any Human Heart, Channel 4’s compelling drama series of a life lived to the full; ITV1’s drama series Downton Abbey, following the Crawley family and their household in the lead up to the First World War and BBC Two’s single drama about the early years of one of the best-loved comedy double acts of our time Eric and Ernie.

Four nominations go to the contemporary drama series Sherlock Holmes (A Study In Pink); This Is England ’86 and also to the series Wonders of the Solar System with Professor Brian Cox.

This year’s Special Award is presented to the BBC’s Springwatch in recognition of its outstanding creative and technical teamwork both behind the camera and online. The series charts the fortunes of British wildlife during the changing seasons. Each programme is broadcast live from locations around the country and requires a crew of over 100 working with at least 50 cameras; making them one of the BBC's largest British outside broadcast events. Starting in 2005, Springwatch now leads the way in live broadcasting and multiplatform, with up to 30 hours of primetime TV broadcasting per year and a highly evolved interactive website.

Tim Scoones Executive Producer for BBC Natural History Unit says of Springwatch: “"The whole Springwatch team are delighted, honoured and humbled to have been selected for the BAFTA Craft Special Award this year. Strong teamwork and constant innovation drive our passion to engage and involve the British public with the wonderful wildlife they find around them. Consistent support from the BBC as well as recent advances in digital broadcast and web technology have allowed us to develop a long term and potent relationship with our audience, who now contribute so much themselves to the TV shows and the web site. This award is a great tribute to the literally hundreds of behind-the-scenes craft professionals who have worked so hard over the last 7 years to make all of this possible."

The British Academy Television Craft Awards recognise skills across 18 different categories - Break-Through Talent sponsored by The Farm, Costume Design sponsored by Swarovski, Digital Creativity, Director: Factual sponsored by ProductionBase, Director: Fiction sponsored by ProductionBase: Director: Multi-Camera, Editing: Factual, 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, Visual Effects and Writer.

As a result, a hugely diverse range of programmes compete within each category for the coveted BAFTA masks and include: Coronation Street (live episode), Miranda, Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor vying for the new Director: Multi-Camera Award; and The Big Fish Fight, The Million Pound Drop Live, Misfits and This Morning vying for the Digital Creativity Award.

This diversity is also reflected in the Break-Through Talent category with: Producer/Director Aaron Young for Battle of Britain: The Real Story - a fresh analysis exploring the lesser-told German point of view; Producer Caroline Skinner for Five Days – the thriller series which tracks five 24-hour periods in a police investigation; Writer Jon Brown for Mongrels – the adult puppet comedy series starring urban animals; and Dave Whyte’s Graphics on Pete Versus Life – the comedy drama series about an average guy whose every move is subject to constant observation, analysis and comment by two TV sport pundits!

Sponsors this year include: The Farm, Hotcam, MAC, ProductionBase and Swarovski.

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