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Winners announced: Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards in 2022

8 May 2022

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London, 8 May 2022: BAFTA has announced the winners of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, celebrating and rewarding the very best programmes and performances of 2021. The Awards were hosted by Richard Ayoade at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, and featured a red carpet performance by George Ezra. A host of British stars attended the event, including Olly Alexander, Olivia Colman, Mo Gilligan, Sharon Horgan, Suranne Jones, Daniel Mays, Steve McQueen, Graham Norton and many more.

In My Skin won the award for Drama Series1. Time won for Mini-Series and Together won the BAFTA for Single Drama.

Jodie Comer won the Leading Actress award for her performance in Help. Jodie previously won for her performance as Villanelle in Killing Eve in 2019.

Sean Bean won the Leading Actor award for his performance in Time. This is Sean’s third nomination and second win.

Matthew Macfadyen, a first-time nominee, won for his performance in Succession in the Supporting Actor category. Cathy Tyson won in the Supporting Actress category for her performance in Help.

Sophie Willan won in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing the titular character in Alma's Not Normal.

Jamie Demetriou won the BAFTA for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Stath Lets Flats.

Big Zuu won for Entertainment Performance and Big Zuu's Big Eats won for Features.

The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan won Comedy Entertainment Programme. The BAFTA for Scripted Comedy was won by Motherland. Entertainment Programme was awarded to Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, continuing the show’s success, the eighth nomination and fourth win in this category.

Gogglebox received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual – its fourth nomination and second win in this category. The Chase won in the Daytime category. Our Land won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.

The Underground Railroad, the US series about escape from slavery in the Deep South, won in the International category. This is Barry Jenkins’ third BAFTA nomination and first win.

Coronation Street was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama.

News Coverage was awarded to ITV News at Ten Storming of the Capitol, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure).

Uprising received the BAFTA for Factual Series. My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan won Single Documentary and The Missing Children won Specialist Factual.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to The Earthshot Prize 2021.

The Fellowship was presented to Sir Billy Connolly. The Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an individual’s outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games across their career.

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was won by Rose and Giovanni’s silent dance to ‘Symphony’, Strictly Come Dancing.

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Notes to editors:

1Follows Kayleigh Llewellyn’s win for Writer: Drama at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, and previously at the 2020 BAFTA Cymru Awards. Kayleigh is a BAFTA Breakthrough alumni.

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  • Requests for extensions to the news access window may be emailed to Joe Okell at [email protected]


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.