BAFTAS 2017 Review
And it’s BAFTA time again!
We have just seen another celebration of British Talent on our screens with the BAFTAs 2017. As a company, we’re not big on Awards, but personally the evening provided much entertainment with Sue Perkins taking the stage as compere, filling the shoes of Graham Norton, and in the critics’ opinion, doing it rather well. And her hosting of the evening was witty, no star was safe from her good humoured ribbing; the Bake Off team included as she bade them good wishes – ‘Best of luck to the new bake off team. They’ll need it when they discover what Mel and I left them in the ground sheet!’ Mind you, the broadcasters did have a delay facility on the transmission so they were being cautious; think we spotted a couple of nifty edit, but can’t be sure.
Some claim the awards were not adventurous enough – that the old ‘favourites’ continued to add to their trophy cabinets…. ‘regrettably, unfathomably, safe’ was The Guardian’s verdict on the award winners. The BBC swept the floor, it was felt – and we felt, well of course, how could they not with some of the amazing output of late! Others were outraged that a number of Netflix popular series went home empty-handed, despite receiving a number of nominations, for instance – The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger things – all excellent productions, but there can only be one winner of course.
Amongst other surprises of the night were the Night Manager failing to win any awards, though Tom Hollander did win an award for Best Supporting Actor.
Amongst the notable winners were Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Best Female in a Comedy Programme, Charlie Brooker for best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment programme, Sarah Lancashire beat Claire Foy to win Best Leading Actress in ‘Happy Valley’ (which also won best Drama Series). David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II won Best Specialist Factual Programme and its snake vs iguana won best TV Moment Of The Year.The latter is still a jaw dropping bit of TV even after seeing it many times over now. The programme’s producer reflected “We knew the show was going to work when we managed to get David Attenborough two miles above the earth without killing him. That wouldn’t have been good for the CV.”
The Fellowship Award
Joanna Lumley gave the speech of the evening. She was undoubtedly deserved in her award of a Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution to Television, and gave an incredibly moving and generous speech. She was humble in her acceptance and praised everyone else for their contribution to television making: a refreshing acknowledgement to the bigger picture of television production which often gets lost in the headliner talent and big names.