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BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Killing Eve leads nominations

Killing Eve

Story by Jack Foley

HIT spy thriller Killing Eve leads this year’s BAFTA TV Award nominations, with a total of five nods for the main awards (and nine for the craft ones).

Stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are both up for best actress, while co-stars Fiona Shaw, who played spymaster Carolyn, and Kim Bodina, who was Villanelle’s handler Konstantin, are up for best supporting actress and supporting actor respectively.

The show, which aired on BBC1 last year, is also in the running for best drama series, while Phoebe Waller-Bridge is nominated for best drama writer.

Killing Eve‘s multiple nominations are also making history given that BAFTA had to break its own rules to allow the series to be eligible.

Had the organisation not bent its rules, the show would have failed to meet the usual criteria for nominees, which states that shows “must have had the worldwide premiere transmission in the UK”. Killing Eve premiered in the US on BBC America last April, five months before it arrived on BBC One and the iPlayer.

Explaining its decision to the BBC, A BAFTA spokeswoman said: “BAFTA’s television committee deems Killing Eve a British series. Killing Eve received 14 nominations, nine of which were eligible under BAFTA’s criteria, and five of which were deemed eligible by the TV committee due to the significant creative contribution from key UK talent throughout the production. The television committee is the arbiter of all eligibility.”

Another hit BBC thriller, Bodyguard, is also in the running for the top awards, having also secured five nominations.

Keeley Hawes will go up against Comer and Oh for best actress, although – somewhat surprisingly – there was no room on the best actor list for her co-star Richard Madden, despite the recognition his performance has already won at the Golden Globes, where he won for best actor in a TV drama in January.

Bodyguard is also up for best drama series, alongside BBC One’s Informer, Sky Atlantic’s Save Me and Killing Eve.

Hawes, meanwhile, is in the running for a second trophy, after also receiving a best supporting actress nomination for Mrs Wilson. Leading lady Ruth Wilson is nominated for playing her own grandmother in the BBC series.

British acting favourite Hugh Grant is among those competing for best actor, for playing disgraced Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal (which garnered a total of 12 nods across both main and craft categories). His co-star Ben Whishaw is up for best supporting actor.

Grant’s rivals for best actor are Benedict Cumberbatch for Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, Chance Perdomo for Killed By My Debt and Lucian Msamati for Channel 4’s Kiri.

Elsewhere, Ant and Dec are up for best entertainment performance and entertainment programme for Saturday Night Takeaway, while I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here – which Dec hosted with Holly Willoughby last year in Ant’s absence – is up for the best reality and constructed factual prize.

The main BAFTA Television Awards will be handed out on May 12, 2019, at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the ceremony will be shown on BBC One.

The BAFTA TV Craft Awards recognise behind-the-scenes achievements and will be presented separately on April 28.

The main nominees at a glance…

Leading actress
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve – BBC One
Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard – BBC One
Ruth Wilson, Mrs Wilson – BBC One
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve – BBC One

Leading actor
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose – Sky Atlantic
Chance Perdomo, Killed By My Debt – BBC Three
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal – BBC One
Lucian Msamati, Kiri – Channel 4

Supporting actress
Billie Piper, Collateral – BBC Two
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve – BBC One
Keeley Hawes, Mrs Wilson – BBC One
Monica Dolan, A Very English Scandal – BBC One

Supporting actor
Alex Jennings, Unforgotten – ITV
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal – BBC One
Kim Bodnia, Killing Eve – BBC One
Stephen Graham, Save Me – Sky Atlantic

Entertainment performance
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
David Mitchell, Would I Lie To You? – BBC One
Lee Mack, Would I Lie To You? – BBC One
Rachel Parris, The Mash Report – BBC Two

Male performance in a comedy programme
Alex Macqueen, Sally4Ever – Sky Atlantic
Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats – Channel 4
Peter Mullan, Mum – BBC Two
Steve Pemberton, Inside No. 9 – BBC Two

Female performance in a comedy programme
Daisy May Cooper, This Country – BBC Three
Jessica Hynes, There She Goes – BBC Four
Julia Davis, Sally4Ever – Sky Atlantic
Lesley Manville, Mum – BBC Two

Drama series
Bodyguard – BBC One
Informer – BBC One
Killing Eve – BBC One
Save Me – Sky Atlantic

Single drama
Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) – Netflix
Care – BBC One
Killed By My Debt – BBC Three
Through The Gates (On The Edge) – Channel 4

Mini-series
A Very English Scandal – BBC One
Kiri – Channel 4
Mrs Wilson – BBC One
Patrick Melrose – Sky Atlantic

Soap and continuing drama
Casualty – BBC One
Coronation Street – ITV
EastEnders – BBC One
Hollyoaks – Channel 4

International
54 Hours – The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis – BBC Four
The Handmaid’s Tale – Channel 4
Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate (Storyville) – BBC Two
Succession – Sky Atlantic

Entertainment programme
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
Britain’s Got Talent – ITV
Michel McIntyre’s Big Show – BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme
The Big Narstie Show – Channel 4
The Last Leg – Channel 4
A League of Their Own – Sky One
Would I Lie To You? – BBC One

Scripted comedy
Derry Girls – Channel 4
Mum – BBC Two
Sally4Ever – Sky Atlantic
Stath Lets Flats – Channel 4

Features
Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip – ITV
The Great British Bake Off – Channel 4
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – BBC Two
Who Do You Think You Are? – BBC One

Must-see moment
Bodyguard – Julia Montague assassinated (BBC One)
Coronation Street – Gail’s monologue on the suicide of Aidan Connor (ITV)
Doctor Who – Rosa Parks, the Doctor and her companions make sure historical moments remain (BBC)
Killing Eve – Eve stabs Villanelle (BBC)
Peter Kay’s Car Share – The Finale (BBC)
Queer Eye – Tom completes his transformation (Netflix)

Current affairs
Football’s Wall of Silence – Al Jazeera English
Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs (Exposure) – ITV
Massacre at Ballymurphy – Channel 4
Myanmar’s Killing Fields (Dispatches) – Channel 4

Single documentary
Driven: The Billy Monger Story – BBC Three
Gun No. 6 – BBC Two
My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me – BBC One
School For Stammerers – ITV

Factual series
24 Hours in A&E – Channel 4
Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution – BBC Three
Louis Theroux’s Altered States – BBC Two
Prison – Channel 4

Reality and constructed factual
Dragon’s Den – BBC Two
I’m A Celebrity‚ĶGet Me Out Of Here! – ITV
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Old – Channel 4
The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night – ITV

Specialist factual
Bros: After The Screaming Stops – BBC Four
Grayson Perry: Rites Of Passage – Channel 4
Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley – BBC One
Superkids: Breaking Away From Care – Channel 4

News coverage
Bullying and Harassment In The House Of Commons (Newsnight) – BBC Two
Cambridge Analytica Uncovered – Channel 4
Good Morning Britain: On A Knife Edge – ITV
Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive – ITV

Sport
2018 Six Nations: Scotland v England – BBC One
2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England v Sweden – BBC One
England’s Test Cricket – Cook’s Farewell – Sky Sports Cricket
Winter Olympics – BBC Two

Live event
Open Heart Surgery: Live – Channel 5
Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance – BBC One
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – BBC One
Stand Up to Cancer – Channel 4

Short-form programme
Bovril Pam (Snatches From Women’s Lives) – BBC Four
The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk – BBC iPlayer
Missed Call – Real Stories
Wonderdate – BBC iPlayer