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2021 Virgin Media BAFTAs: nominees revealed

2021 Virgin Media BAFTAs: nominees revealed

There’s not much we want to talk about in terms of 2020, but great telly is one big exception! The year delivered it by the pixel-load, and as the ceremony approaches, find out who and what got you through with a laugh, a cry, or both, and kept the country talking

By Virgin TV Edit

The 2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards will be hosted for the second year in a row by Richard Ayoade live on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Sunday 6 June to celebrate top television from the past 12 months. Like last year’s ceremony, it will take place in BBC Studios with social distancing, where presenters will join in-person or via video call.


There have been a few changes made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of nominees in the performance categories has increased from four to six. BAFTA has also introduced a new Daytime category, “recognising the important role that daytime programming plays in the lives of viewers and in providing a pipeline for new and underrepresented talent,” as stated on BAFTA’s website.


This year, Small Axe leads the way with an impressive 15 nominations across the TV and Craft awards, while The Crown, I May Destroy You and Normal People have earned well-deserved recognition among the outstanding nominees.


Don’t forget you can vote for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment by clicking here. Not only is it the only award voted for by the great British public, but by casting your vote you could win a VIP kit, including:

  • Ultimate TV-dinner meal kit for two
  • Bottle of Taittinger Champagne
  • Super-fancy DIY cocktail set
  • £13.99 Virgin Media Store voucher


Read on to find out who has been nominated for the 2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards…


Leading Actress

Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie

Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

Hayley Squires – Adult Material

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Letitia Wright – Small Axe

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You


Leading Actor

John Boyega – Small Axe

Josh O’Connor – The Crown

Paapa Essiedu – I May Destroy You

Paul Mescal – Normal People

Shaun Parkes – Small Axe

Waleed Zuaiter – Baghdad Central


Supporting Actress

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown 

Leila Farzad – I Hate Suzie

Rakie Ayola – Anthony

Siena Kelly – Adult Material

Sophie Okonedo – Criminal: UK

Weruche Opia –  I May Destroy You


Supporting Actor

Kunal Nayyar – Criminal: UK

Malachi Kirby – Small Axe

Michael Sheen – Quiz

Micheal Ward – Small Axe

Rupert Everett – Adult Material

Tobias Menzies – The Crown


Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education

Daisy Haggard – Breeders

Daisy May Cooper –  This Country

Emma Mackey – Sex Education

Gbemisola Ikumelo – Famalam

Mae Martin – Feel Good


Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Charlie Cooper – This Country

Guz Khan – Man Like Mobeen

Joseph Gilgun – Brassic

Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education

Paul Ritter – Friday Night Dinner

Reece Shearsmith – Inside No.9


Entertainment Performance

Adam Hills – The Last Leg

Bradley Walsh – Beat The Chasers

Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing

David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? At Christmas

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation


Drama Series

Gangs Of London 

I Hate Suzie 

Save Me Too 

The Crown 


Scripted Comedy


Inside No. 9 

Man Like Mobeen 

This Country



Adult Material 

I May Destroy You 

Normal People 

Small Axe

Single Drama


BBW (On The Edge) 

Sitting In Limbo 

The Windermere Children 


Soap & Continuing Drama


Coronation Street 





Little America

Lovecraft Country 


Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville) 


Entertainment Programme

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

Life & Rhymes 

Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer 


Comedy Entertainment Programme

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe 

Rob & Romesh Vs 

The Big Narstie Show 

The Ranganation 


Reality & Constructed Factual

Masterchef: The Professionals 

Race Across The World 

The School That Tried To End Racism 

The Write Offs 



Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On 

Richard Osman’s House Of Games 

The Chase 

The Great House Giveaway 


Single Documentary

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me 

Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville) 

Surviving COVID



Big Zuu’s Big Eats 

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace 

Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

The Repair Shop 


Factual Series

Crime & Punishment 


Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency 

Once Upon A Time In Iraq 



Bahrain Grand Prix 

England V France: The Final Of Autumn Nations Cup 

England V West Indies Test Cricket 

London Marathon 2020


Live Event

Life Drawing Live! 

Springwatch 2020

The Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance 

The Third Day: Autumn 


Specialist Factual

Extinction: The Facts 

Putin: A Russian Spy Story 

The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty 

The Surgeon’s Cut 


Current Affairs

America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)

Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary 

The Battle For Hong Kong (Dispatches) 

The Cyprus Papers Undercover (Al Jazeera Investigations) 

News Coverage

BBC News At Ten: Prime Minister Admitted To Intensive Care

Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy 

Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis 

Sky News: Inside Idlib 


Short Form Programme


Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities

The Main Part 

They Saw The Sun First 


Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment

Bridgerton: Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown

Britain’s Got Talent: Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020

EastEnders: Gray kills Chantelle

Gogglebox: Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference

Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat: Mee-cro-wah-vay

The Mandalorian: Luke Skywalker arrives


When is the 2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards on TV?

The 2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards airs on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Sunday 6 June. It is also available for 30 days in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.


Have a big BAFTA night in

Which TV moment brought you and your faves together last year? The power of amazing British TV deserves celebrating. So that’s exactly what we’re doing for this year’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards – and we want you to join us.

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