collected five BAFTAs at tonight’s British Academy Television Awards.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN David Taylor, Jack Shillaker, Ish Kalia, Murray Boland –
CPL Productions / Sky One
PATRICK MELROSE Production Team – Two Cities / SunnyMarch TV / Little Island
Productions / Sky Atlantic
SALLY4EVER Production Team – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic
SUCCESSION Production Team – HBO Entertainment / Project Zeus / Gary Sanchez
Productions / Sky Atlantic
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH Patrick Melrose – Two Cities / SunnyMarch TV / Little
Island Productions / Sky Atlantic
In a record haul for the company, Sky
collected awards for three of its Sky originals. Benedict Cumberbatch triumphed
in the leading actor category for Patrick Melrose; the Sky original drama also
took home the BAFTA for Mini-Series.
original comedy Sally4Ever won the award for Scripted Comedy and A League of
Their Own won for Comedy Entertainment programme.
The HBO drama Succession took home the
International award, demonstrating Sky’s continuing commitment to bring its
viewers the very best in US content.
At the ceremony, Sky Arts presenter
and broadcaster Joan Bakewell was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship. Sky was also recognised at this year’s BAFTA
Television Craft Awards last month, picking up two further awards for Patrick
Melrose (Writer: Drama, David Nicholls; Production Design). These accolades
together makes 2019 Sky’s most decorated year for BAFTA-winning content.
Zai Bennett, Director of Programmes,
Sky UK and Ireland, said: “With
five BAFTA awards it’s been a record year for Sky. Our success is testament to
those in the creative industries whose storytelling we have helped nurture and
support. I’d like to thank the British Academy for recognising excellence in
our Sky originals and most importantly our viewers, whose appetite for series
like Patrick Melrose, Sally4Ever and A League Of Their Own continues to go from
strength to strength.”
16 nominations for BAFTA awards in 2019 (six nominations for BAFTA Television Craft
Awards and 10 nominations for the Virgin Media British Academy Television
Awards) for shows including A League of Their Own, Britannia, Patrick Melrose,
Sally4Ever, Save Me and Succession, as well as a nomination in the Sport
category for Sky Sports Cricket.
season has seen a record number of wins and nominations for Sky’s original
content including three Royal Television Society Programme Awards (Arts, The
Art of Drumming; Drama Series, Save Me; Writer - Drama, Lennie James for Save
continues to invest in the cultural economy of the UK and Ireland with the very
best original content, spanning drama, comedy and entertainment. Highlights on
screen in May include Chernobyl, a co-production with HBO, which in the last
week has received five-star reviews from The Daily Telegraph,
The Times and The Independent, amongst others. Viewers will also be able to catch Julia Stiles
reprise her role as the glamourous Georgina Clios in the returning Sky original
drama Riviera. Later this year viewers can look forward to Catherine the Great
starring Helen Mirren, Temple starring Mark Strong, and comedy Brassic, written
by and starring Joe Gilgun, as well as a second series of In the Long Run created
by and starring Idris Elba.
Notes to Editors
SKY’S RECORD NUMBER OF BAFTA TV NOMINATIONS
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN David Taylor, Jack Shillaker, Ish Kalia, Murray Boland – CPL Productions / Sky One
DRAMA SERIES SAVE ME Production Team – World Productions / Sky Atlantic
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME JULIA DAVIS Sally4Ever – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic INTERNATIONAL SUCCESSION Production Team – HBO Entertainment / Project Zeus / Gary Sanchez Productions / Sky Atlantic
LEADING ACTOR BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH Patrick Melrose – Two Cities / SunnyMarch TV / Little Island Productions / Sky Atlantic
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME ALEX MACQUEEN Sally4Ever – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic
MINI-SERIES PATRICK MELROSE Production Team – Two Cities / SunnyMarch TV / Little Island Productions / Sky Atlantic
SCRIPTED COMEDY SALLY4EVER Production Team – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic
SUPPORTING ACTOR STEPHEN GRAHAM Save Me - World Productions / Sky Atlantic
THE BAFTA TELEVISION FELLOWSHIP JOAN BAKEWELL awarded to the Journalist, broadcaster and current Sky Arts presenter.
SKY’S BAFTA CRAFT 2019 WINS
WRITER: DRAMA – WINNER DAVID NICHOLLS Patrick Melrose
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