The British Academy Television Awards: 2019 Highlights

The British Academy Television Awards: 2019 Highlights



This year’s ceremony attracted controversy before any awards had been handed out, thanks to Killing Eve featuring on the shortlist. Bafta bent its eligibility criteria so that the cat-and-mouse thriller, which actually premiered on BBC America, could be included. Few, though, will begrudge the drama its nominations – most of us are just narked that the time lag between US and UK broadcasts means we’re still waiting for season two.

Fans of Bodyguard, though, could have cause to complain: Keeley Hawes is up for best actress, but co-star Richard Madden is missing in action for best actor. Personally, though, I feel that Hugh Grant deserves this one for his bravura turn as the lubricious Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal. My only other plea is that Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing wins the Features prize, as it was by far the most life-affirming series of 2018.

Our host at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Graham Norton, is set for a busy week: he’ll be in Israel for the Eurovision final next Saturday.


Graham Norton hosts the awards ceremony from the Royal Festival Hall, with nominees including Bodyguard, Killing Eve, Informer, Save Me, and A Very English Scandal. Actors in the running for awards include Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw. The show also features the results of the Must-See Moments award, chosen by viewers.

Cast & Crew

Host Graham Norton
Executive Producer Lisa Clark
Producer Zoe Cook