Television Time: BBC Shows Get Nominated For The BAFTAs 2019
The esteemed and prestigious BAFTA TV Awards are set for another round of glitz, glamour and winners to be held on Sunday, 12th May, and plenty of BBC titles have been nominated across the board, ranging from classic, long-running favourites, to new and instant hits, our nominees have certainly got the recognition they deserve. Catch a special BAFTA nominees’ module on BBC Player, or StarHub Channel 502 before the awards on Sunday to choose your favourites.
Nominated for: Best Mini-series, Best Leading Actress (Ruth Wilson), Best Supporting Actress (Keeley Hawes)
Ruth Wilson stars as her own grandmother in BBC1’s drama Mrs Wilson, a tale of family secrets and espionage. Based on real-life events, the drama follows Ruth Wilson’s grandmother, Alison, who believes she is happily married to acclaimed author and former spy Alexander ‘Alec’ Wilson until he dies unexpectedly in 1963. Then another Mrs Wilson turns up on Alison’s doorstep, claiming to have also been married to Alec.
After the sudden death of novelist and ex-Secret Intelligence Service man Alexander Wilson, his wife Alison is forced to investigate when mysteries from her husband’s past come knocking.
Watch Mrs Wilson exclusively on BBC First (StarHub ch 502 and BBC Player).
Nominated for: Best Mini-series, Best Leading Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Patrick Melrose follows the story of Patrick, a troubled member of the English upper class, from his childhood in the South of France, to his adult life in New York and London. Abused by his father as a child, Patrick suffers psychological trauma, and battles with heroin addiction. The series tracks Patrick’s attempts to rehabilitate, his father’s death, Patrick’s personal struggle to be a good father, his mother’s desire for assisted suicide, and the loss of the family home.
Watch all episodes of Patrick Melrose on BBC First (StarHub ch 502 and BBC Player).
Nominated for: Best Drama series, Best Supporting Actor (Stephen Graham)
Save Me is the story of a most unlikely hero, Nelson Nelly Rowe (James), and his search for Jody, his missing daughter. A daughter he hasn’t seen for thirteen years – more than half her life. Nelly’s a charmer, a chancer, a lover, a fighter, a liar and now an estranged father ac-cused of kidnapping the daughter he has barely ever seen. On his way to finding Jody, Nelly will save lives, find others who have been lost, reunite loved ones, make enemies from friends, risk his life and the lives of others close to him and continually end up back on his feet after finding himself flat on his face. He’s a man that faces a stark reality, as hard as it may be to admit, that in losing his daughter he finds himself.
All episodes of Save Me are available on BBC First (StarHub ch 502 and BBC Player).
DOCTOR WHO (SERIES 11)
Nominated for: Virgin Media Must-See Moment
When the Thirteenth Doctor falls out of the sky, she’s just in time to stop an alien huntsman who’s stalking human prey. With the population of Sheffield (and Earth!) under threat, the Doctor recruits three new friends – gentle Ryan, no-nonsense Yasmin, and Ryan’s step-grandfather Graham. And before long, this foursome feel more like family than companions. Full of energy, heart and adventure, Chris Chibnall’s regenerated Doctor Who has been delighting fans old and new. Since Jodie Whittaker burst onto screens as the first ever female Doctor, this global phenomenon has won international acclaim, achieving stellar audience figures around the world. Meet the new Doctor. The universe just got more exciting.
Watch all episodes of Doctor Who (Series 11) on BBC First (StarHub ch 502 and BBC Player).
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF (SERIES 9)
Nominated for: Best Feature
The hugely popular BAFTA-winning series is back with a brand-new batch of amateur bakers rising to the challenge in the famous Bake Off tent. They’re all aiming to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their skills and creativity – can they all cope with the pressure and come up with the (baked) goods? Helping to calm the nerves of this diverse group of home bakers are warm and witty presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig. As the contestants race against the clock to compete each week’s signature, technical and showstopper creations, they must pull out all the stops to avoid elimination and make it to the final.
Watch all episodes of The Great British Bake Off (Series 9) on BBC Player.
GORDON, GINO AND FRED’S ROAD TRIP
Nominated for: Best Feature
Three big egos, one small van. Gordon, Gino and Fred pack up their camper van once again and head off on a European adventure, but this time it’s personal as each episode takes us on a tour of their cherished homelands, each of them with a special occasion to prepare for. With three countries, three weeks and three coqs au vin in close confinement what could possibly go wrong?
Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix hit the road to find out which of their countries does it best and immerse themselves in the most extreme adventures, competing to find the best ingredients from some of the most stunning locations.
Watch Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip on BBC Player.
STRICTLY COME DANCING (SERIES 16)
Nominated for: Best Entertainment Programme
Celebrities take to the dance floor to perform a dazzling display of ballroom routines. The celebrities strutting their stuff on the dance floor this series are Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer, Kate Silverton, Katie Piper, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Susannah Constantine, Vick Hope, Charles Venn, Danny John-Jules, Graeme Swann, Joe Sugg, Lee Ryan, Dr Ranj Singh and Seann Walsh.
The fifteen celebrity contestants will make their grand entrance from the red carpet into the famous Strictly ballroom to discover which professional dancer they will be paired with. Once the pairings have been announced the celebrities and professionals will take to the dancefloor for the very first time for what promises to be, an entertaining group performance, launching the new series in Strictly style.
Fabulous judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas return to the panel and will be casting their expert judgement in each episode.
Watch Strictly Come Dancing (Series 16) on BBC Lifestyle, on BBC Player.