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BAFTA announces line-up for The Television Sessions 2021

17 May 2021
  • Jodie Comer and Steve McQueen confirmed for the free programme of online events featuring BAFTA-nominated TV shows and talent
  • The Television Sessions, supported by TCL, begins on Tuesday 18 May 
  • Tickets available now at  

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the line-up for BAFTA’s The Television Sessions, supported by TCL. 

Jodie Comer, Steve McQueen, Hayley Squires and Waleed Zuiater lead the star-studded line-up for the annual event-series, featuring nominees and nominated programme teams from the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards. 

Each session will offer an insight into the nominees’ craft and the nominated programmes they have worked on, such as Small Axe, I Hate Suzie, Once Upon A Time in Iraq, Adult Material and Killing Eve. 

For a second year, these sessions will take place online, allowing the panel discussions to reach a global audience of BAFTA members, career starters, and the next generation of talent and TV fans.

The Television Sessions, supported by TCL, will take place online from Tuesday 18 May until Friday 4 June.  The activity is open to industry and public guests, with free tickets available now at

Highlights include a session on The Visual World of Small Axe, which is the most-nominated programme in BAFTA Television history, with a total of 15 nominations spanning both the BAFTA Craft Awards and the Virgin Media BAFTAs this year. 

Other highlights include panel sessions exploring the craft of writing for drama, directing factual content, sessions in conversation with the Leading Actor and Leading Actress nominees for 2021 and additional social content such as Instagram Live events with the 2021 TV Awards nominees.

The full schedule is detailed below. All Sessions will be available to watch live on BAFTA’s YouTube playlist:

Kam Kandola Flynn, Senior Manager of BAFTA’s Television Programme and Acting Head of New Talent, said: ‘Television over the last year has kept so many of us entertained, gripped, engaged; we are so excited to bring the virtual edition of The Television Sessions for a second year to fans, industry professionals and the creative talent we support.  A huge thanks to all the practitioners and talent who have agreed so generously to give us their time and expertise to make this series happen once again. Congratulations to all our nominees!”

Full programme details below, with more speakers to be announced:

Writer: Drama

Tuesday 18 May

Panellists: Steve McQueen (Small Axe), Lucy Prebble (I Hate Suzie)



Director: Factual

Wednesday 19 May

Panellists: Xavier Alford (Locked in: Breaking the Silence - Storyville) James Bluemel (Once Upon a Time in Iraq), Teresa Griffiths and Lee Miller (A Life on the Front Line), and Deeyah Khan (America’s War on Abortion - Exposure)



The Visual World of Small Axe

Tuesday 25 May

Panellists: Steve McQueen (Director, Fiction), Chris Dickens, JoJo Williams, Jacqueline Durran



Leading Actress

Thursday 3/Friday 4 June

Panellists: Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Hayley Squires (Adult Material)

Watch HERE.


Leading Actor

Thursday 3/Friday 4 June

Panellists: Waleed Zuaiter, (Baghdad Central), Shaun Parkes (Small Axe)

Watch HERE.


Notes to editors:

Photography will be available at  and Rex/Shutterstock                          

For more detail about access to the virtual media areas for this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, please email [email protected] 

Access opportunities include: 

BAFTA Television Craft Award Winners’ Press Conference - Monday 24th May at 8.15pm

Embargoed media Q&As with the performance nominees for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards - Tuesday 25th May to Thursday 27th May

Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards Winners’ Press conference - Sunday 6th June


For further information, please contact: 

Christiane Donovan/Multitude Media

M 07772 445 889

E [email protected] 



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