The BAFTA TV Awards are the most prestigious accolade in British television, so it’s awesome to hear they’re still going ahead this year as a virtual ceremony hosted by Richard Ayoade. To whet your appetite before the winners are announced on July 31, here’s a rundown of some BAFTA TV Awards milestones from over the years.
1. Graham Norton has won more Best Entertainment Performance awards than anyone else – six total.
He won for hosting BBC America and BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show in 2011, 2012, and 2018, and for hosting his earlier Channel 4 chat show So Graham Norton in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He’s nominated in the same category this year, so could very well make it a stellar seven.
2. Norton has also hosted the BAFTA TV Awards no fewer than 11 times – most recently in 2019.
You can check out his rather cheeky opening monologue below.
3. Dame Julie Walters has won more Leading Actress awards than anyone else – four – from a joint-record seven nominations, which she shares with Dame Judi Dench.
She won for My Beautiful Son (2002), Murder (2003), The Canterbury Tales (2004), and Mo (2010). She’s also won two BAFTA Film Awards (for Educating Rita in 1984 and Billy Elliott in 2001), plus two BAFTA Special Awards, taking her overall haul to eight.
4. Don’t feel too sorry for Dame Judi, though – she’s racked up an incredible 27 BAFTA nominations over the years across various film and TV categories.
She’s kind of the Meryl Streep of the BAFTAs, and has taken home 10 of the trophies over the years.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch has more Leading Actor nominations than anyone else – six total.
He finally won for the first time last year, for his performance in Patrick Melrose. No wonder he said “I’m rather used to being a bridesmaid” as he collected his trophy.
6. Olivia Colman and Miranda Hart have been regulars in the Best Female Comedy Performance category since it was introduced in 2010.
They’ve both picked up four nominations apiece, though surprisingly, Hart has never won. Colman, however, took home this award in 2012 for her performance in the London Olympics-themed sitcom Twenty Twelve. It was her first BAFTA win, but she’s since collected another three, most recently for her big-screen performance in The Favourite.
7. Mad Men is the only show to have won the International Programme award twice.
HBO’s advertising drama emerged triumphant in 2009 and 2010. Since the International Programme category was introduced in 2007, other notable winners have included Breaking Bad, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Girls.
8. Since being revived in 2006, Doctor Who has racked up an impressive 28 BAFTA TV Awards nominations, winning eight total.
It won the prestigious Best Drama Series prize in 2006; then two years later, Steven Moffat was named Best Writer for scripting the brilliant episode “Blink.” Meanwhile, two actors have earned BAFTA nominations for their performances in Doctor Who: Matt Smith in 2011 and Michelle Gomez in 2016.
9. Sir David Attenborough holds a unique BAFTA TV Awards milestone.
He’s the only person to have won awards for programs made in black and white, color, HD, 3D, and 4K. His most recent win came in 2018 for BBC America and BBC One’s Planet Earth: Blue Planet II.
10. BBC America’s Killing Eve picked up a record 14 nominations in 2019.
It’s a record that’s just been equaled this year by Sky and HBO’s nuclear drama Chernobyl. You can relive the lovely moment when Killing Eve won the Best Drama Series award below.
Who are you tipping to win at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards?