Watch our video with Tom Allen, who spoke to the nominees about their telly Must-See Moments and find out who won big at the 2020 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards…
By Virgin TV Edit
This year, the 2020 Virgin Media BAFTAs went virtual for the first time. Richard Ayoade hosted the ceremony, which was filmed in London’s Television Centre with no audience, on Friday 31 July. Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Stacey Dooley, Greg Davies, Jessica Hynes and Adrian Lester and more joined him in person, while others, including hoodie-clad David Tennant and Michael Sheen, dialled in on video to present the awards that celebrate the best of the best from the past 12 months of telly.
To kick things off, comedian Tom Allen live streamed the BAFTAs Pre-Show, where he spoke to the nominees (at a safe distant, of course, or on video) ahead of the big reveal. “If you’re anything like me, there’s been a lot of TV in your life for the past few months. Whether it’s been for the news or for an escape, it’s been important to so many people,” Allen said. Check out our exclusive video below with Allen and the presenters and nominees, as he asked them what’s been their Must-See Moment of television from the past year.
- Watch our video on the Soap & Continuing Drama and Reality & Constructed Factual nominees
- Watch our video on the Mini-Series and Drama Series nominees
- Watch our video on the Scripted Comedy and Entertainment Programme nominees
- Watch our video on the Leading Actress and Leading Actor nominees
- Watch our video on the nominees for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment
Tim Minchin opened the BAFTAs from Sydney with an original song that joked about everyone’s current situation, with lyrics mentioning films and TV shows about zombies, designer tracksuits, Twitter, avoiding mirrors and this particularly genius line: “If Matilda stays closed, am I still rich?” So, as Tim sang, “Let’s raise the rafters, it’s the 2020 BAFTAs!”
The big winners on the night were Glenda Jackson (pictured below in a socially distanced photo shoot with acclaimed photographer and director Rankin) and Jared Harris, who won the Leading Actress and Leading Actor awards. Elizabeth Is Missing marked Jackson’s first television role in 27 years and her first BAFTA in nearly 50 years. She won the Best Actress in a Leading Role British Academy Film Award in 1972 for Sunday Bloody Sunday. Harris revealed in his acceptance speech that Daniel Day-Lewis was meant to play the part of Valery Legasov in Chernobyl, but because Day-Lewis retired from acting, Harris took on the role, delivering an outstanding performance.
Glenda Jackson by Rankin
Other big winners on the night included Strictly Come Dancing (Entertainment Programme), Emmerdale (Soap & Continuing Drama) and Race Across The World (Reality & Constructed Factual). The End Of The F***ing World was named best Drama Series, while Naomi Ackie picked up a gong for Supporting Actress for her role as Bonnie in the quirky series. The award for Supporting Actor went to Will Sharpe in international thriller Giri/Haji.
Actor, writer, director and producer Idris Elba OBE received the BAFTA Special Award for his contribution to TV. He received video messages from Matthew McConaughey (The Dark Tower), Taraji P Henson (No Good Deed), Ruth Wilson (Luther) and Grace Ofori-Attah (writer for In The Long Run), all people he has worked with during his long and successful career.
And how can we forget Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award? Fighting off fierce competition, this year’s worthy winner was Nessa proposing to Smithy during the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special.
It was also an evening for stirring winners’ speeches, delivered by video, which somehow made them all the more personal and moving. First-time nominee Sian Clifford (Fleabag) welled up as she thanked Phoebe Waller-Bridge and said, “There is no Claire without Fleabag.” Meanwhile, the look on Ackie’s face was priceless as she exclaimed, “Oh man, are you serious?... This makes lockdown so much better.”
Mo Gilligan, who took home the award for Entertainment Performance for The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan, said with an infectious laugh, “Thank you! Oh my gosh, I’m so gassed!”
At the end of the ceremony, Ayoade joked: “And that was the over-produced Zoom call that was the BAFTAs 2020!” It went down a treat with viewers at home, who took to social media to praise Ayoade, the winners’ intimate reactions, the awards’ diversity and the much-needed magic that the BAFTAs brought at a time that Clifford described as a “beautiful mess”.
Check out our Twitter page for even more highlights from the night, and if you didn’t catch the ceremony, it is also available for 30 days in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.
Read on to find out all the winners at the 2020 Virgin Media BAFTAs…
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