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BAFTA category spotlight: Day 2

BAFTA category spotlight: Day 2

We’re previewing the Mini-Series and Drama Series nominees with Rylan Clark-Neal, Emily Atack and Caitlin Moran!

By Virgin TV Edit

Hosted by Richard Ayoade, the 2020 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards will be held this Friday (31 July) to recognise the best on the box across 26 categories. Whether they’ve been behind the scenes or in front of the camera, top talent has been entertaining the nation for the past 12 months – and now’s the time to celebrate that!  


The Virtues, The Victim – if the show title didn’t start with “The” and end with a word beginning with “V”, did it even make it into the Mini-Series category? We’re kidding, if only because our humour masks the fact that all the series nominated made us cry. Chernobyl received a whopping 14 nods and A Confession shows off Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton’s serious acting chops. The Drama Series category has everything, from Gentleman Jack’s titular 19th century lesbian to international thriller Giri/Haji, which gripped us – in Japanese and in English.


We caught up with Rylan, Emily and Caitlin on video chat to discuss all the nominees. Watch our video below…

Here’s what our panel said about the nominees…


A Confession

Caitlin Moran: A Confession starred Imelda Staunton and Martin Freeman in that classic set-up where there’s a rogue cop, and the only way that he can solve the crime is by going against the rules and breaking the law.


Rylan Clark-Neal: He loses his job actually doing it and it’s quite intense actually. It’s quite an intense show.


CM: You think you know what happened at Chernobyl – it exploded! – but as you watch the TV show, you realise you know absolutely nothing about it at all. It’s one of the few TV shows that you can point at and go, “That is absolutely perfect.” From the casting, from the sets, from the central premise, which is: what is the truth?

The Victim

CM: The Victim saw Kelly Macdonald, who we first saw in Trainspotting all those years ago, now playing a grieving mother whose child was murdered, and she discovers that the person who she suspects of the murder lives within her community.

The Virtues

CM: The Virtues saw Shane Meadows team up with Jack Thorne to write a drama loosely based on his own experiences with his family and sexual abuse. Powerful, compelling, dramatic – it was Shane Meadows at his finest since This Is England.


Emily Atack: Stephen Graham is a genius in my eyes. I always look at actors like him and think, “Wow, you must have gone to quite a dark place to have to really find that.” 

Drama Series

The Crown

RCN: Where I used to film Big Brother, The Crown was next door, and so I used to always break into Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on the sets and like just try and steal things, but I used to get caught all the time. So yeah, I mean, great show.

The End Of The F***ing World

CM: A group of teenagers deal with the fallout from a murder in the previous series. This was one that parents watch with their children going, “Is your life really like this?”


RCN: I don’t want to give away too many spoilers if you haven’t seen it, but it’s such a great story.

Gentleman Jack

CM: Who doesn’t want to see Sally Wainwright tackle the true-life story of 19th century lesbian Gentleman Jack, whose coded diaries were only discovered in the 20th century, where she talks about her adventures, her love life and her love of the ladies?



RCN: Giri/Haji is another great show that follows a detective from Tokyo who’s looking for his missing brother, who he believes is in London, but it’s all sort of connected with the Japanese mafia. It’s such a good story and if you’re looking for like an international type drama thriller, this one’s definitely for you.

View the full list of nominees here



When is the 2020 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards on TV?


The 2020 Virgin Media BAFTAs airs on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) at 7pm on Friday 31 July. It is also available for 30 days in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.

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