Bafta TV nominations 2016

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Earlier this week the nominations for the BAFTA television awards were announced by Dermot O’Leary and last year’s best actress winner Georgina Campbell in London.

Whilst there are some very deserved nominations and some surprising nominations, the thing that stood out to me were the actors who seemed to be missing from the shortlists.

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BAFTAS (Television) 2015

My favourite awards show of the year takes place this Sunday (10th May): the BAFTA television awards. As a self confessed television nerd, so much so that I took every opportunity in university to specialise in the medium in essays and projects that I could, I am looking forward to the awards.

The BAFTA Craft awards for television took place about a fortnight ago which I usually also get quite excited for as it rewards the creators and people behind the scenes. However, this year I wasn’t that enthused over the nominees for the craft awards so I only caught up on the results after the ceremony instead of following it religiously on Twitter in real time. Continue reading

2015 BAFTAs (Film)

The awards season is upon us. The next few months will be dominated by award ceremonies for film. The nominations for the BAFTAs were announced this week. Although I am usually more interested in award ceremonies for television programmes (as if you hadn’t guessed by the number of blog posts I watch more tv!), I was quite impressed by this year’s selections. Usually I don’t mind if I miss the ceremony (whereas I am glued to the television baftas and follow the bafta craft awards hashtag on Twitter for the tv equivalents) but the nominees this year include films that I want to see and films that I have actually seen as opposed to a long list of films I have never heard of.

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The end of Miranda

This Christmas holidays saw the final two episodes of the BBC sitcom Miranda be shown (Christmas Day & New Years Day). The sitcom was written and starred comedienne Miranda Hart and revolved around her character’s life. The programme used slapstick humour, exaggerated characters such as Miranda’s middle class family and friends and asides to camera to create the unique humour of the show.

The cast of Miranda at the end of series 3

The cast of Miranda at the end of series 3

I have been a fan of this show since it began and have defended it against the critiques of those who do not like it. It had a different feel to most sitcoms as it used old-fashioned generic conventions and had a relatable character as its protagonist (ok maybe not the upper-middle class but a woman who is seen as an outsider who doesn’t quite manage to abide by the social habits that everyone else naturally seems to).

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How I…

…accepted the How I Met Your Mother finale.

How I Met Your Mother is a sitcom which started in 2005 and finished in 2014. Set in New York, the sitcom followed the adventures of Ted Mosby (and his friends) as he searched for love. These stories are told by an older Ted to his children in 2030. Over the last 9 years, we have watched Ted’s quest to find “the one“. We have witnessed the ups and downs of his dating experiences amongst stories of his friends and their lives. At the end of series 8, the Mother is introduced to the audience as she buys a train ticket. We learn more about her as series 9 progresses and in the finale, Ted meets her.

A still from the opening credits

A still from the opening credits

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BBC3 – The future of tv?

At the start of March this year, it was announced that BBC3 may cease to exist as a television channel. The channel is currently a 9 hour broadcaster (it is on air from 7pm until about 4am) and is aimed at an audience aged between 16 and 34.

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The plans to move the channel’s content online come as the BBC must reduce its spending amongst nationwide cuts. The BBC decided to prioritise its other television channels: BBC One as it is the channel that appeals to a mass audience and BBC Two/Four as part of  a plan to increase arts programming. This suggests that by prioritising these channels the BBC as a public service broadcaster is fulfilling its ideals of entertainment (BBC One), education (BBC Two/Four) and information (BBC One/Two/Four).On a basic level, this move seems logical: BBC Three’s programming is not beneficial to audiences with regards to the Reithian ideals. There are examples of programmes that are counterarguments to the statement I have just made but then again, what does Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents really contribute to society apart from a voyeuristic insight into teenage hedonism?

The move has to be approved by the BBC Trust and will not happen until at least Autumn 2015. However, the announcement provoked an outcry on Twitter (mostly from those stars who’d benefitted from the channel) and a petition has been created to #savebbc3.

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“I’m not being funny or anything…”

…but I didn’t find Monica Dolan’s Welsh accent in W1A that offensive!

W1A is a mockumentary of the workings of the BBC which was broadcast on BBC Two in March 2014. It’s a comedy programme that is a sequel to the Olympics mockumentary Twenty Twelve. The programme revolves around various heads of departments who have to deal with production disasters, representation issues and how to prove the BBC’s  value to audiences as a public service broadcaster. One of these heads of department is Senior Communications Officer Tracey Pritchard played by Monica Dolan.

Monica Dolan as Tracey Pritchard

Monica Dolan as Tracey Pritchard

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