Published On: Thu, Jun 4th, 2020

TV BAFTAs: Chernobyl leads the field with 14 nominations | Ents & Arts News

Chernobyl is leading the field in this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations (BAFTA), with double the nods of any other show.

The Sky Atlantic/HBO mini-series has earned a whopping 14 BAFTA nominations, including leading actor, mini-series and supporting actor.

Chernobyl, a new Sky Atlantic series. Pic: Sky Atlantic/ HBO
The five-part drama tells the story of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Pic: Sky Atlantic/ HBO

It follows its success earlier this year when the five-part mini-series, which tells the story of the world’s worst nuclear disaster and its aftermath, took home 19 Emmys.

Set in and around the Ukraine power plant before, during and after the blast on 26 April 1986, the acclaimed drama had an ensemble cast which included Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard and Jared Harris, with the latter two both received acting nods.

The intricate work replicating the injuries caused by the radioactive explosion have been rewarded with both a nomination for make-up and hair-dressing and special effects.

Olivia Colman as the Queen in The Crown. Pic: Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix
Olivia Colman as the Queen in The Crown. Pic: Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix

Second in line in the nominations was Netflix drama The Crown, which got seven nods, including best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter for her portrayal of Princess Margaret.

This third season of the royal saga starred Olivia Colman as the reigning monarch, however Colman failed to get a nod for leading actress.

Fleabag received six nods, including comedy writer and scripted comedy for its creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Waller-Bridge will also go head-to-head with her on-screen sister, played by Sian Clifford, for female performance in a comedy programme.

Fleabag. Pic: BBC
The classic Fleabag look to camera. Pic: BBC

Fleabag also received a nomination for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment – the only award voted for by the public.

Giri/Haji – a thriller spanning London and Tokyo – got six nominations, including leading actor for Takehiro Hira and supporting actor for Will Sharpe.

His Dark Materials, based on the fantasy book by Philip Pullman, got five nods, matching Shane Meadow’s gritty Chanel Four drama The Virtues, which will compete with Chernobyl in the mini-series category.

Killing Eve, which topped the nominations board last year, got four nominations this time around.

Sex Education and Top Boy also received four nods.

In the news category, Sky News’ coverage of the Hong Kong protests will go up against Emily Maitlis’ infamous interview with Prince Andrew over the Epstein scandal, the ITV coverage of election night and a Victoria Derbyshire special on knife crime.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on 17 May but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nominees will be invited to accept their awards virtually in a socially-distanced ceremony hosted by Richard Ayoade and held in a closed studio.

The BAFTA Games Awards took place in the same way in March.

The British Academy Television Craft Award nominations – celebrating those behind the camera – were also revealed.

The virtual TV BAFTA ceremony will take place on the 31 of July, and broadcast on BBC One.

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