British Academy Television Awards
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Awarded for:

Best in television

Bestowed by:

British Academy of Film and Television Arts


United Kingdom

First awarded:



BBC One & BBC Three, ITV

The British Academy Television Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). They have been awarded since 1955. From 1955 to 1958, it is bestowed by the Guild of Television Directors and Producers. After the guild merged with the British Film Academy from 1958 onwards, the organisation was recognized a the Society of Film and Television Arts. In 1976, it became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

From 1968 until 1997, the BAFTA Film and Television awards were presented in one joint ceremony known simply as the BAFTA Awards, but in order to streamline the ceremonies from 1998 onwards they were split in two. The Television Awards are usually presented in April, with a separate ceremony for the Television Craft Awards on a different date. The Craft Awards are presented for more technical areas of the industry, such as special effects, production design, or costumes.

The Awards are only open to British programmes—with the exception of the audience-voted Audience Award and the International Award (this is for a single programme or series acquired from the international marketplace, covering all genres)—but any cable, satellite, terrestrial or digital television stations broadcasting in the UK are eligible to submit entries, as are independent production companies who have produced programming for the channels. Individual performances, such as from actors, can either be entered by the performers themselves or by the broadcasters. The programmes being entered must have been broadcast on or between 1 March 2011 and 15 February 2012 to be eligible for this year's awards. Entry is free, and entry forms are made available between November and January each year.

After all the entries have been received, they are voted for online by all eligible members of the Academy. The programmes and performances attracting the most votes, usually four in each category, are shortlisted as the nominees for each award. The winner is chosen from the four nominees by a special jury of nine academy members for each award, the members of each jury selected by the Academy's Television Committee. Each jury is designed to have a balance in areas such as sex, age and experience, and have experience related to the categories concerned but no direct connections to the short-listed programmes or performers.

The Awards ceremony is broadcast on British television, usually the day after it has taken place. Transmission alternates each year between the two main UK television channels, BBC One and ITV.

Non-competitive honorary awardsEdit

  • Dennis Potter Award - Outstanding Writing for Television
  • Alan Clarke Award - Outstanding Creative Contribution for Television
  • Richard Dimbleby Award - Outstanding Presenter in the Factual Arena

Current: 2014 British Academy Television AwardsEdit

The 2014 British Academy Television Awards nominations were announced on 7 April 2014. The award ceremony will be held on 18 May 2014 and will be broadcasted on BBC One.


Award Nominees
Leading Actor
  • Jamie Dorman (The Fall, BBC Two)
  • Sean Harris (Southcliffe, Channel 4)
  • Luke Newberry (In The Flesh, BBC Three)
  • Dominic West (Burton & Taylor, BBC Four)
Leading Actress
  • Helena Bonham Carter (Burton & Taylor, BBC Four)
  • Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, ITV)
  • Kerrie Hayes (The Mill, Channel 4)
  • Maxine Peake (The Village, BBC One)
Supporting Actor
  • David Bradley (Broadchurch, ITV)
  • Jerome Flynn (Ripper Street, BBC One)
  • Nico Mirallegro (The Village, BBC One)
  • Rory Kinnear (Southcliffe, Channel 4)
Supporting Actress
  • Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Channel 4)
  • Sarah Lancashire (Last Tango In Halifax, BBC One)
  • Claire Rushbrook (My Mad Fat Diary, E4)
  • Nicola Parker (Last Tango In Halifax, BBC One)
Entertainment Performance
  • Ant & Dec (Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV)
  • Charlie Brooker (10 O' Clock Live, Channel 4)
  • Sarah Millcan (The Sarah Millcan Television Programme, BBC Two)
  • Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show, BBC One)
Female Performance In A Comedy Programme
  • Frances de la Tour (Vicious, ITV)
  • Kerry Howard (Him & Her: The Wedding, BBC Three)
  • Doon Mackichan (Plebs, ITV2)
  • Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Channel 4)
Male Performance In A Comedy Programme
  • Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, Channel 4)
  • Matthew Baynton (The Wrong Mans, BBC Two)
  • James Corden (The Wrong Mans, BBC Two)
  • Chris O' Dowd (The IT Crowd, Channel 4)
Single Drama
  • An Adventure In Time And Space (BBC Two)
  • Black Mirror: Be Right Back (Channel 4)
  • Complicit (Channel 4)
  • The Wipers Times (BBC Two)
  • The Fall (BBC Two)
  • The Great Train Robbery (BBC One)
  • In The Flesh (BBC Three)
  • Southcliffe (Channel 4)
Drama Series
  • Broadchurch (ITV)
  • My Mad Fat Diary (E4)
  • Top of the Lake (BBC Two)
  • The Village (BBC One)
Soap & Continuing Drama
  • Casualty (BBC One)
  • Coronation Street (ITV)
  • Eastenders (BBC One)
  • Holby City (BBC One)
  • Borgen (DR1/BBC Four)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC/Netflix)
  • House of Cards (Netflix)
  • The Returned (Canal+/Channel 4)
Factual Series
  • Bedlam (Channel 4)
  • Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)
  • Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS In A Day (BBC Two)
  • The Route Masters: Running London's Roads (BBC Two)
Specialist Factual
  • David Attenbourgh's Natural History Museum Alive (Sky 3D)
  • Martin Luther King and the March On Washington (BBC Two)
  • Richard III: The King In The Car Park (Channel 4)
  • The Story of the Jews (BBC Two)
Single Documentary
  • 28 Up South Africa (ITV)
  • The Day Kennedy Died (ITV)
  • The Murder Trial (Channel 4)
  • The Unspeakable Crime: Rape (BBC One)
  • The Choir:Sing While You Work (BBC Two)
  • Grand Designs (Channel 4)
  • The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
  • Long Lost Family (ITV)
Reality and Constructed Factual
  • The Big Reunion (ITV2)
  • Dragon's Den (BBC Two)
  • Googlebox (Channel 4)
  • The Undateables (Channel 4)
Current Affairs
  • The Cruel Cut (Channel 4)
  • Dispatches: "The Hunt for Britain's Sex Gangs" (Channel 4)
  • Dispatches: "North Korea: Life Inside The Secret State" (Channel 4)
  • Dispatches: "Syria: Across The Lines" (Channel 4)
News Coverage
  • Channel 4 News "Egypt Militay Coup" (Channel 4)
  • ITV News at Ten "Woolwich Attacks" (ITV)
  • BBC North West Tonight "The Dale Cregan Verdict" (BBC One/BBC North West)
  • ITV News Granada Reports "The Lee Rigby Trial" (ITV/ITV Granada)
Sport and Live Event
  • Bollywood Carmen Live (BBC Three)
  • Glastonbury 2013 (BBC)
  • The Ashes 2013 - "First Test, Day 5" (Sky Sports)
  • Winbledon Men's Final (BBC One/BBC Sport)
Entertainment Programme
  • Art & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
  • Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery (Channel 4)
  • Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Watch)
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
  • The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
  • A League Of Their Own (Sky1)
  • The Revolution Will Be Televised (BBC Three)
  • Would I Lie To You (BBC One)
Situation Comedy
  • Count Arthur Strong (BBC Two)
  • Him & Her: The Wedding (BBC Three)
  • The IT Crowd (Channel 4)
  • Toast of London (Channel 4)
Radio Times Audience Award
  • Breaking Bad (AMC/Netflix)
  • Broadchurch (ITV)
  • Doctor Who: "The Day Of The Doctor" (BBC One)
  • Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)
  • Googlebox (Channel 4)
  • The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)

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