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Media Alert: BAFTA Tribute and Special Award for ITV's Downton Abbey

10 August 2015
Downton Abbey

On Tuesday 11 August, Downton Abbey, Carnival Films’ award-winning drama for ITV, will be the subject of a BAFTA Tribute and honoured with a Special Award.

EVENT: BAFTA Tribute to Downton Abbey feat. Special Award presentation

DATE: 11 August 2015

VENUE: Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Surrey TW9 1QJ

TIME: Red carpet from 18.00. Event ends 20.45

ATTENDEES: Downton Abbey cast and crew, members of the public

SOCIAL MEDIA: BAFTA Twitter (Instagram 


On Tuesday 11 August, Downton Abbey, Carnival Films’ award-winning drama for ITV, will be the subject of a BAFTA Tribute and honoured with a Special Award.
Members of the cast and crew of Downton Abbey will attend the BAFTA Tribute at the Richmond Theatre, Surrey, to help celebrate the outstanding global success of the programme. The Award will be presented in front of a live audience.
The event will be filmed for broadcast in winter 2015 as a BAFTA-ITV Studios coproduction for ITV.
Following the event, cast and crew will attend an after party sponsored by NBCUniversal International Studios.

- The event is being filmed as a BAFTA-ITV Studios coproduction
- Programme will broadcast on ITV in winter 2015
- Preview programme publicity material will be made available nearer the time. Contact Gary Smith ([email protected]) to register your interest

Due to limited media access at the event, content (print, video and photography) is available as follows:

- PA (red carpet only)
AP (red carpet only)
- @BAFTA (red carpet only)
- ITN Source (red carpet and Special Award presentation clip)
- Rex Features (red carpet, Special Award presentation and after party arrivals)

NBCUniversal International Studios (After Party)
with Audi UK, Rhubarb Events, Chase Vodka, Champagne Taittinger, Villa Maria wines, M.A.C Cosmetics, Evian, Hotel Chocolat, bottlegreen and Great Hire.

Downton Abbey's final series press launch takes place on Thursday 13 August. Contact Una Maguire ([email protected]) to request the details.


Nick Williams at BAFTA
T 020 7292 5848
E [email protected]

Gary Smith at ITV
T 0207 157 3016 
E [email protected]
Una Maguire at Milk Publicity
T 020 7520 1087
E [email protected]

Notes to editors


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit For more, visit

About NBCUniversal International Studios

NBCUniversal International Studios delivers award-winning international television including Downton Abbey and Made in Chelsea to millions across the globe. Its production labels include: Carnival Films, Monkey Kingdom, Chocolate Media, Lucky Giant and Matchbox Pictures. The division operates a joint television production venture with Working Title Television, owns an equity stake in LARK Productions, has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker and has established Tellycopter, a research and development resource that sits alongside its production companies. It also operates a prolific global formats business.

About Carnival Films

Carnival Films is a division of NBC Universal International Studios and is the UK’s largest drama specialist.  The company is responsible for the global TV sensation Downton Abbey, winner of three Golden Globes and eleven Primetime Emmy awards, including Best Mini-series.  It is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy’s with a total of 59 nominations and is now in over 250 territories worldwide.  Among numerous national and international awards, including three Screen Actors Guild Awards and three National Television Awards, the show has even garnered a Guinness World Record for highest critical ratings for a TV show.  Downton Abbey is executive produced by Carnival’s Managing Director Gareth Neame, who sold the production company to NBCUniversal in 2008. Founded in 1978, Carnival Films has produced many hundreds of hours of popular drama both in the UK and US, including primetime series such as Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel, Dracula and The Philanthropist, as well as mini-series such as C4’s iconic Traffik, David Nicholl’s The 7:39, David Hare’s Worricker Trilogy as well as William Boyd’s BAFTA-winning Any Human Heart, and Peter Morgan’s BAFTA-winning The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. Carnival Film’s latest series The Last Kingdom is in production for BBC Two and BBC America, along with the sixth and final series of Downton Abbey, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man for Sky 1, and is also co-producing Hollow Crown 2: War of the Roses with Neal Street starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench. Carnival Films has recently announced major new projects such as Freud, Bill Gallagher’s Jamestown, Neil Cross’s Bay of Plenty with Libertine Pictures and Magnum with Magnum Photos. Carnival Films was recognised as best production company at the 2011 Bulldog Awards and 2012 Broadcast Awards.