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BAFTA TV awards: Small Axe, The Crown and I May Destroy You lead nominations

Written by on 28 April 2021

The Crown has received 10 nominations at this year’s BAFTA TV awards, including Tobias Menzies for his portrayal of Prince Philip in the Netflix royal drama – just weeks after the consort’s death.

Continuing its dominance at awards shows, The Crown scored six nods in craft categories and four in TV categories, including recognition for Josh O’Connor as the Prince of Wales and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

Sir Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology series leads this year’s nominations with 15, while Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You is also among the frontrunners with eight.

The nominations list in full

Leroy Logan (John Boyega) in Steve McQueen's Small Axe film Red, White and Blue. Pic: BBC/McQueen Image: Leroy Logan (John Boyega) in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe film Red, White and Blue. Pic: BBC/McQueen

John Boyega has been recognised for his role in Small Axe as Met Police officer Leroy Logan in the Red, White and Blue episode, while Shaun Parkes and Letitia Wright are also up for awards for their part in the series.

Sir Steve has been nominated in the best director category, with the show also being recognised in the best mini-series category.

After being controversially overlooked by the Golden Globes, Michaela Coel’s drama about sexual assault has scored eight nominations – including for Coel’s leading performance in the series, and for her co-stars Paapa Essiedu and Weruche Opia.

BBC Three’s Normal People, the ground-breaking Sex Education, and Sky’s I Hate Suzie have also received several nods by the academy.

Sky News has also been recognised, with Alex Crawford’s reports from Idlib up for the best news coverage award, alongside the BBC’s News At Ten and Newsnight, and Channel 4 News.

Elsewhere, nominated in the public-voted Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment is the Bridgerton revelation that Penelope is Lady Whistledown, Gray killing Chantelle in EastEnders, and Diversity’s Black Lives Matter dance on Britain’s Got Talent.

The Gogglebox families reacting to Boris Johnson’s lockdown press conference, Nigella Lawson’s viral mis-pronunciation of “microwave” (mee-crow-wah-vay) and (spoilers!) the appearance on Luke Skywalker at the end of the latest season of The Mandalorian also appear on the list.

West Country comedy This Country has had four nods, with its stars Charlie and Daisy Cooper being recognised for their performances and writing, with Strictly Come Dancing also waltzing off with a quartet of nominations.

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Sky has secured more than 20 nominations in total across a number of categories.

Gangs Of London, I Hate Suzie, and Save Me Too make up the bulk of the nominations in the best drama series category, alongside The Crown, with Sky Sports’ coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix and the England v West Indies test cricket series also recognised.

The Virgin Media British Television Awards ceremony takes place on 6 June on BBC One, and will be hosted by comedian and actor Richard Ayoade.

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