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Graham Norton to host the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards

2 April 2019

Ceremony to take place on Sunday 12 May 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall and will be broadcast on BBC One

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced today that Graham Norton will return to host the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards in 2019.

The awards champion excellence by recognising and celebrating the very best in British television programmes, performances and behind-the-scenes talent from 2018. Killing Eve leads this years nominations with 14 nominations, followed by A Very English Scandal with 12, six for Patrick Melrose, and five for Bodyguard and The Little Drummer Girl. The full nominations for this year’s awards can be found here.

Graham Norton said: “It has been almost 15 years since I first hosted the Television Awards and what a pleasure it is to be returning to host once again. 2018 was a stand-out year for Television and I look forward to seeing the brilliant talent in our industry rewarded.”

Clare Brown, Director of Production at BAFTA, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Graham back to host the British Academy Television Awards. Graham captures the hearts of the audience both at home and in the room, and having hosted the ceremony numerous times throughout the years we look forward to having him on board once again.”

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, said: “What an incredible year of TV it’s been and we’re so pleased Graham’s back to host this year’s awards which will bring together a stellar line-up of talent from on and off screen, to celebrate the best of British creativity. I’d also like to take this moment to say a very special thanks to the brilliant Sue Perkins who brought such warmth, wit and wisdom to the BAFTAs as host the past two years, while Graham was away hosting Eurovision.”

This year’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards will be held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 12 May and will be broadcast on BBC One, with live Red Carpet footage across BAFTA’s social channels (@BAFTA).

Presenter, comedian, and author Graham Norton releases his 25th series of popular comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show this Friday 5th April, which has won Norton six BAFTA Television Awards and a further four nominations over the years.

Norton presents a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2, featuring guest interviews and music. He is also known for his witty commentary of the Eurovision song contest, which he has presented since 2009.

Over the years Norton has presented many prime-time television shows with recent credits including; RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (BBC, 2019), The Biggest Weekend (BBC, 2018), Let it Shine (BBC, 2017), and Children in Need (BBC, 2016-18).

For further information, please contact: 
Brogan Campbell
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Sophie Dudhill 
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 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 advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit For more, visit

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