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Music performance and red carpet hosts announced for the 2022 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards

28 April 2022
Event: Virgin Media British Academy Television AwardsDate: Sunday 8 May 2022Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd., LondonHost: Richard Ayoade-Area: Digital Assets & CampaignBAFTA
  • Multi-platinum selling singer George Ezra to lead the celebrations with a red-carpet performance of his brand-new single ‘Green Green Grass’
  • Presenters Vick Hope and Zeze Millz to host the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards red-carpet show
  • Hits Radio presenter and TV personality Sam Thompson to take over BAFTA’s official Instagram account bringing audiences at home even closer to the red-carpet

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BAFTA has today announced further details for the 2022 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, revealing that BRIT Award-winning singer George Ezra will kick off proceedings with an exclusive red-carpet performance of his new single ‘Green Green Grass’. The Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards will be broadcast on Sunday 8 May at 6pm on BBC One.

George Ezra said: “I am looking forward to some fun on the BAFTA red-carpet next Sunday with my band. It will be an honour to perform at the biggest night on TV and amongst some incredibly talented stars!”

BAFTA has also today confirmed that award-winning TV and Radio presenter Vick Hope and TV presenter Zeze Millz will host the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards red carpet show, which will stream on BAFTA’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Offering unrivalled access as proceedings get underway and backstage for Virgin Media, Vick will also be the first presenter to greet winners as they come off-stage. Additionally, Hits Radio presenter and TV personality Sam Thompson will take over BAFTA’s Instagram. Sam will connect with an inaugural squad of at-home content creators (BAFTA Social Squad) bringing audiences at home even closer to their favourite TV stars.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards and Content, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to a full in-person ceremony back at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 May and are so excited that the wonderfully talented George Ezra will be kicking off the evening with a live performance of his brand new single live from the red carpet. We are also thrilled to have Vick Hope and Zeze Millz as our red carpet hosts as well as Sam Thompson leading the charge as our dedicated social media host. Together, they will bring viewers all of the excitement of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards directly to their homes.”

The Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards is the highlight of the television calendar, recognising the incredible quality and variety of television enjoyed in 2021, with shows such as It’s A Sin, We Are Lady Parts, Landscapers, Help and Time leading the nominations. As previously announced, presenter, comedian, writer, actor and director, Richard Ayoade, will again host the ceremony. 

Follow @BAFTA on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter to get all of the latest updates, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the 2022 #VirginMediaBAFTAs

The Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 8 May, hosted by Richard Ayoade and broadcast at 6pm on BBC One.

The full nominations for this year’s awards can be found here.



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BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).

About Virgin Media O2

Virgin Media O2 launched on 1 June 2021, combining the UK’s largest and most reliable mobile network with a broadband network offering the fastest widely-available broadband speeds. It is a customer-first organisation that brings a range of connectivity services together in one place with a clear mission: to upgrade the nation. Virgin Media O2 is the corporate brand of the 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica SA, and one of the UK’s largest businesses. 

The company has 48 million UK connections across broadband, mobile, TV and home phone. Its own fixed network currently passes 15.6 million premises alongside a mobile network that covers 99% of the nation’s population with 4G, and more than 300 towns and cities with 5G services targeting 50% population coverage in 2023.  

Virgin Media O2 completed its roll out of gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network footprint in 2021 and plans to upgrade its fixed network to full fibre to the premises with completion in 2028. In January 2022, it also announced that it would be the only major mobile network that isn’t bringing back roaming charges in Europe. 

Virgin Media O2 is a major investor in the UK. It employs around 18,000 people, has more than 425 retail stores and has committed to invest at least £10 billion over the next five years.   

Integration work is progresses at pace, with Virgin Media and O2 launching a joint product - Volt - less than 5 months from coming together. 

Today, the business delivers award-winning broadband and WiFi connectivity to homes as well as providing a connected entertainment service. This brings together live TV, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and a wide-selection of apps to customers through a set-top box and on-the-go through tablets and smartphones.  

It also provides 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G mobile services, and is the network of choice for mobile virtual network operators giffgaff, Sky Mobile and Lycamobile, as well as managing a 50:50 joint venture with Tesco for Tesco Mobile.  

Virgin Media O2 Business plays a leading role in supporting the public sector and businesses of all sizes. This includes a variety of managed connectivity services and flexible working capabilities, security, data insight, 5G private networks and cloud solutions, as well as wholesale services to other operators and partners. 

Awards for Virgin Media and O2’s telecommunications services include recognition by GWS for having the most reliable UK mobile network for three years in a row (2021, 2020, and 2019) and winning the publicly voted Uswitch awards in 2022 as both the Best Network for Roaming and Most Popular Mobile Network. Virgin Media was crowned Fastest Broadband Provider in the Choose Broadband Awards and Best Broadband Provider in the 2021 Trusted Reviews Awards and at the 2021 Mobile Industry Awards O2 claimed two wins - Network of the Year, and Best Online Retailer.  

Virgin Media O2 is committed to using the power of connectivity to supercharge communities across the UK, taking action to close the digital divide and helping to build an inclusive, resilient, and low carbon economy. The company has an ambition to achieve net zero carbon operations (scopes 1 & 2) by the end of 2025. 

Virgin Media O2 is registered in England and Wales. Registration number: 12580944.  Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Road, London, United Kingdom, W6 8BS.