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Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017, Show, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK - 14 May 2017

The Special Award – Nicola Shindler

With a catalogue of major shows to her name, producer Nicola Shindler is one of British television’s big hitters. Honesty and passion are themes that are explored regularly in her productions – from Queer as Folk and Clocking Off to Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley – but as a producer, she’s pragmatic to the needs of broadcasters, too. At the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, held on 12 May 2019, Shindler was presented with one of BAFTA’s highest honours, the Special Award. Words by Rich Matthews

Event: Virgin TV British Academy Television AwardsDate: Sunday 13 May 2018Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, LondonHost: Sue Perkins-Area: Ceremony

Focus on... The Power of Television

Television is an art form that works on so many levels. It can stimulate us emotionally and intellectually; it can bring us together in celebration and in times of heartache. It can take us to wondrous places, both real and fictional. It can entertain and it can soothe. It can break down barriers and establish long-lasting friendships. Powerful stuff! Words by Rachel Ward

Event: Virgin Media British Academy Television AwardsDate: Sunday 12 May 2019Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, LondonHost: Graham Norton-Area: Portraits

The Fellowship – Dame Joan Bakewell DBE

Joan Bakewell needs very little introduction. A regular on British television and radio for decades, she is a fierce defender of the arts, with an incisive mind and consummate expertise, and a clear-cut role model. At the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, held on 12 May 2019, she was presented with BAFTA’s highest accolade, the Fellowship. Words by Matthew Bell

Event: Breakthrough Brits Photoshoot Date: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 2017 Venue: The David Lean Room, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly-Area: Official 2017 Breakthrough Brits Portraits by Charlie Clift

In Conversation... Composer Segun Akinola

In 2017, composer Segun Akinola was named as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, a programme which showcases and supports the next generation of creative British talent in film, games and television. With the 2019 initiative now open for entries, we caught up with Akinola, who last year took over composing duties for BBC phenomenon Doctor Who, to find out his thoughts about his year of BAFTA mentoring, advice and support. To use his words, he was “jazzed” about the whole experience. Interview by Paul Simpson