BAFTA today announced the nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
These awards recognize and celebrate the best TV and TV craft programs airing in the UK in 2021, with acclaimed programs from the past 12 months including It’s A Sin and Help taking the lead.
The Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards ceremony takes place at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday May 8, while the Craft Awards take place two weeks earlier on April 24.
Nominated: BAFTA today announced the nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards, with Jodie Comer for her performance in Help
Channel 4’s It’s A Sin topped the Bafta Television Awards nominations where it is up for 11 gongs.
Landscapers, which starred Olivia Colman, received seven nominations while Channel 4’s acclaimed pandemic drama Help, starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, picked up six nods.
Another Stephen Graham-directed drama, Time, also received six nods, as did comedy We Are Lady Parts.
There are five nominations for Sex Education and four for A Very British Scandal
It’s A Sin, written and created by Queer As Folk and Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T Davies, followed a group of gay men and their friends as they navigate the UK’s HIV/AIDS crisis over the 80s and early 90s.
The show’s 11 nominations, including five in the craft categories and six in the television awards categories, include nods for Davies in the drama writer category, as well as an acting nomination. lead for singer Olly Alexander for his role as Ritchie Tozer.
Her co-star Lydia West was nominated in the Leading Actress category, alongside Kate Winslet, who starred in HBO/Sky Atlantic’s Mare Of Easttown, and marking the Titanic star’s first TV performance nomination, although that she has already been nominated and won a film. Baftas, and is a former Britannia Award winner.
Denise Gough and Emily Watson for ITV’s Too Close are also nominated in the lead actress category, alongside Jodie Comer for Channel 4 drama Help and Niamh Algar for Channel 4’s Deceit.
Stars who will go up against Years & Years singer Alexander in the lead actor category include David Thewlis for Landscapers, Hugh Quarshie for ITV’s Stephen, Samuel Adewunmi for TSWT’s You Don’t Know Me, Sean Bean for Time and Stephen Graham for Channel 4’s Help.
Sky drama Landscapers, which also starred Olivia Colman, who is not nominated in the performance categories, is the second most nominated television show, with seven in total, five in the craft categories and two in the TV categories.
Inspired by true events, the series starred Colman and Thewlis as a mild-mannered married couple whose lives are turned upside down after bodies are discovered in the back garden of a Nottingham house.
Landscaper nominations include fiction director, original music, lead actor and miniseries categories.
Help, Time and We Are Lady Parts all received six nominations, Netflix’s Sex Education received five nominations and A Very British Scandal, starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany as the Duke and Duchess of Argyll in the drama series about the personality of the couple. split in the 1960s, has four nominations in craft categories.
Comedian, presenter and star of The IT Crowd Richard Ayoade will host the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards ceremony for the third consecutive year when he returns to London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 8.
The Bafta TV Craft Awards will take place on April 24.