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When are the BAFTA TV Awards and how do I watch the ceremony?

Everything you need to know about the biggest night of the TV year

Published: Sunday, 14th May 2017 at 7:21 am

Who sits on the TV throne? On Sunday 14th May the industry crowns winners from the last year of programmes, and both Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy are nominated for royal roles (as Richard III in The Hollow Crown and Elizabeth II in The Crown). Interestingly, The Crown is up for three other awards, including best drama, a sign of exactly the kind of mainstream breakthrough Netflix was angling for.


Elsewhere there is a new category of “must-see moment”, with nods to Ed Balls murdering Gangnam Style on Strictly Come Dancing and the iguana-hungry snakes on Planet Earth II – plus, in another royal touch, Danny Dyer realising he was related to a king in Who Do You Think You Are?.

What time is the Bafta TV Awards on TV?

The two-hour edited version of the ceremony is broadcast from 8pm Sunday 14th May, but the ceremony actually starts at 7pm. You'll be able to follow minute-by-minute coverage on

Who’s hosting?

The court jester for this merry masque? No, not Graham Norton – step forward Sue Perkins.

Who’s up for an award?

The Crown leads the list of nominees – Claire Foy received her second consecutive nomination for leading actress for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II, while Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby earned nominations for their supporting roles.

Other multi-nominated programmes include BBC3’s Fleabag, BBC1’s Happy Valley and one-off BBC drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy. All three shows picked up three nominations each.

You can see the full list of nominations here.

Why doesn’t The Night Manager or Line of Duty have more nominations?

Your guess is as good as ours. Many fans (including our own Alison Graham) were miffed as corrupt cop drama Line of Duty and Tom Hiddleton’s performance in The Night Manager weren’t recognised by BAFTA, instead giving the nod to dramas such as The Durrells.

But the two shows haven’t been completely left out: Tom Hollander has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Night Manager, a nod that pits him against Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays.

Who will receive the BAFTA Fellowship?

Joanna Lumley will be handed BAFTA's highest accolade. The actress said: “Nothing could make me prouder or happier than being awarded this phenomenal honour.


"To be counted amongst the greatest talents and stars of our industry is an awesome gift: the BAFTA Fellowship is the grandest and most unexpected prize I have ever had the joy of receiving."


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