Top 12 BAFTA TV awards nominated picks

The nominations have been announced for this year’s BAFTA Television Awards.

Here we take a look at 12 of this year’s BAFTA TV nominated shows (including any nominations they also received for the BAFTA TV Craft Awards).

We then run down all of the other commercial TV programmes in the running for the Virgin Media sponsored television awards, which will be hosted by Richard Ayoade on 6 June.

Adult Material - Channel 4

Channel 4’s much acclaimed porn industry drama Adult Material leads the pack at the BAFTA TV awards with a total of four nominations and a fifth in the BAFTA craft awards.

An occasionally uncomfortable and darkly funny watch, Adult Material is nominated for the best mini-series BAFTA with Hayley Squires, who played porn star mum of three Jolene Dollar, up for leading actress.

There are a pair of nominations in the supporting categories - Rupert Everett for supporting actor and Siena Kelly for supporting actress - and its creator Lucy Kirkwood is in the running for the craft awards’ writer: drama prize.

What they say: ‘A smart, twisting series that will make many viewers squirm with discomfort … Hayley Squires gives a career making performance.’ Independent

Adult Material - Channel 4

The Masked Singer - ITV

If there have been odder primetime entertainment shows than ITV’s The Masked Singer then it’s fair to assume it’s probably a short list.

Featuring mystery celebrities in extravagant costumes belting out tunes while the celebrity panel and the nation try to guess who they are, it’s surreal and entertaining in equal measure (that is to say, a lot on both counts).

Now the hit talent show has been nominated for the best entertainment BAFTA and the familiar award, based on the theatrical masks of ancient Greece, would be an apt prize.

What they say: ‘Surreal, silly and seriously good fun … the biggest new entertainment show of 2020.’ Observer

I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic

This uncompromising and unforgettable semi-autobiographical tale created by Billie Piper and Lucy Prebble is nominated for three TV awards with a further two craft nominations.

I Hate Suzie is nominated for best drama series with Piper in the running for best actress and Leila Farzad, who plays Suzie’s best friend and manager Naomi, nominated for best supporting actress.

In the craft awards Prebble is nominated for best writer: drama while director Georgi Banks-Davies is a contender in the emerging talent: fiction category.

What they say: ‘A fine piece of work that convincingly, often hair-raisingly and presumably knowledgeably paints showbiz life at its most luridly weird.’ The Spectator

Quiz - ITV

Michael Sheen was a sensation in ITV’s thrilling take on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s most famous (and infamous) moment.

The story of ‘coughing major’ Charles Ingram, Quiz starred Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford excelled as the former Army major and his wife, Diana.

But it was the chameleon-like Sheen who stole the show as quiz master Chris Tarrant and is nominated for the best supporting actor BAFTA. The drama earned a further nomination in the craft awards in the editing: fiction category (Pia Di Ciaula).

What they say: ‘Michael Sheen shines as a truly transformative Chris Tarrant … this is his masterpiece, surely.’ Metro

The Last Leg - Channel 4

In an uncertain world it’s good to know that one thing stays the same - Channel 4’s The Last Leg will put a smile on our face no matter how difficult the week’s news.

The Friday night topical comedy show began as part of Channel 4’s coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics and has since become a firmly established part of the schedules.

Presenter Adam Hills, who fronts the show alongside Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker, is up for the entertainment performance BAFTA and will be hoping it is third time lucky having previously been nominated in 2017 and 2018.

What they say: ‘Often tasteless, sometimes awkward, always funny.’ The Guardian

Gangs of London - Sky Atlantic

Few drama series burst onto the screen in quite such explosive fashion as Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London.

Gareth Evans and Matt Flannery’s brutally violent and compelling drama tells the story of a pre-eminent crime family whose grip on the capital bloodily unravels when their ruthless patriarch is murdered.

Gangs of London is nominated for the best drama series BAFTA with a further nomination in the craft awards for production design (Matt Gant and Megan Bosaw).

What they say: ‘An impressive, explosive, thrilling must-watch for fans of epic action and twisty narrative who can stomach a bit (a lot) of gore.’ Den of Geek

The Chase/Beat the Chasers - ITV

There was double delight for Bradley Walsh and his ITV quiz show, The Chase.

One of ITV’s most successful ever daytime shows, The Chase is among the nominations for BAFTA’s first ever daytime prize.

And it got even better when Walsh, one of ITV’s best loved and most familiar faces, was nominated in the entertainment performance category for the show’s hit primetime spin-off, Beat The Chasers.

What they say: ‘Primetime is the right time for Bradley Walsh’s spin-off … Takes the thrill of the chase from teatime and makes it a nightly nail biter.’ Mirror

Baghdad Central - Channel 4

Waleed Zuaiter is mesmerising as former Baghdad police inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji in Channel 4’s Iraq war-set thriller, Baghdad Central.

Zuaiter is nominated for a leading actor BAFTA for his role as the out of favour cop searching for his missing daughter in the chaotic wake of the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Bertie Carvel co-starred in the Middle Eastern noir that earned two further BAFTA craft nominations - H Scott Salinas for original music and Kate Rhodes James for scripted casting.

What they say: ‘A nerve-shredding thriller that asks uncomfortable questions about the West’s responsibility in the Middle East.’ Daily Telegraph

Rob and Romesh Vs - Sky One

Three series in and Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan’s odd couple challenge show has been rewarded with its first Bafta nomination.

Competing for the comedy entertainment programme prize, the Sky One show sees best mates Rob and Romesh travel the world taking on unlikely challenges in the worlds of sport and entertainment.

Last year’s second series saw them try their hand at basketball, ballet and cricket and it was lots of fun (for them and us).

What they say: ‘Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett are the yin to each other’s yang and hilarity ensues.’ Irish Independent

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace - ITV

The family reunion show was back with two special episodes in which they helped foundlings track down the people who abandoned them as babies.

The long-running ITV series fronted by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell is always an emotional watch but Born Without Trace was particularly heartbreaking.

Nominated for this year’s features BAFTA, Long Lost Family is already a BAFTA winner having won the features programme award in 2014.

What they say: ‘A tale of two foundlings with a twist to make your jaw drop.’ Daily Telegraph

Big Zuu’s Big Eats - Dave

There’s no shortage of appetite for grime artist and self-taught chef Big Zuu who cooked up a storm with his debut series on Dave.

Big Zuu was joined in his travelling food truck by school friends Tubsey and Hyder as he served up tasty post-show dishes for comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Ed Gamble and Jamali Maddix. 

Returning later this year for a new series, what better way to celebrate than with a nomination for the best features BAFTA.

What they say: ‘Shows off all of his culinary skills and there's a few jokes along the way.’ The Voice

Save Me Too - Sky Atlantic 

Lennie James’ captivating drama sequel about a father’s quest to find his missing daughter is the third Sky Atlantic drama to be nominated for this year’s best drama series BAFTA.

Picking up 17 months after the end of the original, Save Me Too was created, written by and starring James in a cast that includes Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham and Adrian Edmondson

Save Me was nominated in the same category two years ago (along with a best supporting actor nod for Graham). Will Save Me Too go one better?

What they say: ‘Powerful, thrilling and beautifully observed … a gem.’ Radio Times 

Also nominated in this year’s BAFTA TV Awards:

The Third Day - Sky Atlantic

  • Live event
  • Original music (Cristobal Tapia De Veer)
  • Scripted casting (Shaheen Baig)

BBW (On The Edge) - Channel 4

  • Single drama
  • Emerging talent: fiction (William Stefan Smith, director)

Coronation Street – ITV

  • Soap and continuing drama

Hollyoaks - Channel 4

  • Soap and continuing drama

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway - ITV

  • Entertaiment programme
  • Entertainment craft team (Andrew Milligan, Mark Busk-Cowley, Gurdip Mahal, Rob Ashard, Claudine Taylor)

Life & Rhymes - Sky Arts

  • Entertainment programme

The Big Narstie Show - Channel 4

  • Comedy entertainment programme

Friday Night Dinner - Channel 4

  • Paul Ritter, male performance in a comedy programme

Brassic - Sky One

  • Joseph Gilgun, male performance in a comedy programme

Feel Good - Channel 4

  • Mae Martin, female performance in a comedy programme

Breeders - Sky One

  • Daisy Haggard, female performance in a comedy programme

The School That Tried To End Racism - Channel 4

  • Reality and constructed factual

The Write Offs - Channel 4

  • Reality and constructed factual

Crime & Punishment - Channel 4

  • Factual series

Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency - Channel 4  

  • Factual series

Putin: A Russian Spy Story - Channel 4

  • Specialist factual
  • Editing: factual (Adam Finch)

Surviving Covid - Channel 4

  • Single documentary

The Great House Giveaway - Channel 4

  • Daytime

America’s War on Abortion (Exposure) - ITV

  • Current affairs
  • Director: factual (Deeyah Khan)

The Battle for Hong Kong (Dispatches) - Channel 4

  • Current affairs

Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy - Channel 4

  • News coverage

Sky News: Inside Idlib - Sky News 

  • News coverage

Bahrain Grand Prix – Sky Sports

  • Sport

England v West Indies Test Cricket - Sky Sports

  • Sport

Britain’s Got Talent - ITV

  • Virgin Media’s must-see moment (‘Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020’)

Gogglebox - Channel 4

  • Virgin Media’s must-see moment (‘Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference’)
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