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Sky Arts’ spoken word showcase Life and Rhymes beat established juggernauts The Masked Singer, Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! to win best entertainment programme at this year’s Bafta TV Awards.

The four-part series, co-produced by CPL and Licklemor Productions, features a diverse range of established and new voices engaging in socially-distanced performances, and is fronted by Benjamin Zephaniah. A second series is forthcoming.

TM talent who worked on the show include producer Tanita Ojo-Baptiste and camera operator Aaron Hindes.

Among a diverse set of winners at last night’s event, Michaela Coel was named best actress for her BBC1 series I May Destroy You, adding to her directing and writing wins at the recent Bafta Craft Awards.

Coel dedicated her Bafta to intimacy director Ita O’Brien, who worked on her drama as well as fellow nominees Normal People, I Hate Suzie, Sex Education and Gangs of London.

“Thank you for your existence in our industry, for making the space safe, for creating physical, emotional and professional boundaries so that we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, about abuse of power without being exploited or abused in the process,” she said.

“I know what it is like to shoot without an intimacy director. The messy, embarrassing feeling for the crew. The internal devastation for the actor. Your direction was essential to my show and I believe essential for every production company that wants to make work exploring themes of consent.”

I May Destroy You was also named best mini series, recognising the work of TM members such as first assistant director Adam Morris, location assistant Katya Fernandes and art department assistant Andrea Stern.

Other notable winners included: 

Single documentary

Locked In: Breaking the Silence

Producer: Poppy Goodheart

Production accountant Ricardo Pereira


Reality and constructed factual

The School That Tried to End Racism

Editor: Nicola Bitten

Shooting producer: Sarah Reed

Assistant producer Kiran Sira

Senior production co-ordinator: Natasha di Leo

Production co-ordinator: Andrew Proffitt



Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Assistant producer: Erin Rooney

Assistant producer: Lizzy Elton


Documentary series

Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Producer: Stewart Armstrong

Single drama

Exposure: America’s War on Abortion

Production editor: Andrew Smith


Drama series

Save Me Too

Assistant production accountant: Fabiana Canale



The Great House Giveaway

Post-production manager/production manager: Agata Mastalerz


Comedy entertainment

The Big Narstie Show

Showrunner: Robert Silva

Floor runner: Lydia Singer


Best entertainment performer

Romesh Ranganathan, The Ranganation

Producers: Tom Baker; Leo Gallagher

Assistant producers: Charlie Squire; Bryony Magill

Researchers: Chris Riley; Leonie Carr

Casting producer: Rebecca Dixon

Casting AP: Olivia Browne

Edit producer: Russell Balkind

Technical director: Jamie Wiggins

Production co-ordinator: Steph van Geete

Junior production manager: Eleanor Firth

Runner: Ellen Dunn

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