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.
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:
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
Production co-ordinator: Andrew Proffitt
Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace
Assistant producer: Erin Rooney
Assistant producer: Lizzy Elton
Once Upon a Time in Iraq
Producer: Stewart Armstrong
Exposure: America’s War on Abortion
Production editor: Andrew Smith
Save Me Too
Assistant production accountant: Fabiana Canale
The Great House Giveaway
Post-production manager/production manager: Agata Mastalerz
The Big Narstie Show
Showrunner: Robert Silva
Floor runner: Lydia Singer
Best entertainment performer
Romesh Ranganathan, The Ranganation
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