Tonight, at the 2021 British Academy Television Awards, Sky celebrated four wins, including Drama Series for Sky Original Save Me Too and Entertainment Programme for Sky Arts Life & Rhymes.
Following 24 nominations, Sky won a total of 6 BAFTAs, with BAFTA Television Craft awards going to I Hate Suzie Director Georgi Bank-Davies for Emerging Talent: Fiction and Marcus Viner landing Director: Multi-Camera for Sky Arts ENO's Drive & Live: La Bohème - Somethin' Else, both announced earlier this month.
Other wins on the night include the Sport BAFTA for Sky Sports coverage of England V West Indies Test Cricket and Sky News won the News Coverage BAFTA for Inside Idlib.
Commenting on the wins Zai Bennett, Managing Director, Content, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “From best-in-class storytelling to genre defying event TV with every Sky Original commission we’re looking for ways to make content that will surprise and delight our customers. We’re incredibly proud that Save Me Too, and Life & Rhymes have been recognised at tonight’s BAFTAS and it fuels our ambition to make more ground-breaking TV in the years ahead.”
Head of Sky News, John Ryley, said: "Sky's success at the BAFTAs reinforces yet again the importance of eye-witness, independent journalism and our flare for international news."
Sky Sports Director of Cricket Bryan Henderson said: “It is so pleasing that such a special piece of work has received so much recognition. However none of this would have been possible without the bravery and strength of character of Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent.
“What started as a team meeting to discuss the tragic events of George Floyd’s murder, turned into an outpouring of emotion from Ebony talking of her experiences of racism in society and in cricket.
“We decided there and then to use our voice - the platform of Sky Cricket - to highlight injustice and hopefully in some small way make the world a fairer place, and cricket a sport for everyone.
“Thank you to Mikey and Ebony, two incredible people. Thanks also to Rob Noonan, James Wilson, Trevor Hart and Tom Basciano who made the VT. And finally thanks to Ian Ward and Nasser Hussain for their wonderful supporting roles on air.”
SKY’S BRITISH ACADEMY TELEVISION AWARD WINS
- SAVE ME TOO Simon Heath, Jessica Sykes, Lennie James, Lizzie Rusbridger, Coky Giedroyc, Jim Loach - World Productions/Sky Atlantic
- LIFE & RHYMES Production Team - CPL Productions, Licklemor Productions/Sky Arts
- SKY NEWS: INSIDE IDLIB Production Team - Sky News/Sky News
- ENGLAND V WEST INDIES TEST CRICKET Production Team - Sky Sports/Sky Sports Cricket
SKY’S BRITISH ACADEMY CRAFT AWARD WINS
EMERGING TALENT: FICTION
- GEORGI BANK DAVIES (Director) I Hate Suzie - Bad Wolf/Sky Atlantic
- MARCUS VINER - ENO's Drive & Live: La bohème - Somethin' Else, ENO/Sky Arts
Sky continues to invest in the cultural economy of the UK and Ireland with the very best original content, spanning drama, comedy, factual and entertainment. Forthcoming Sky Original highlights for this year include true-crime drama Landscapers starring Olivia Colman and Wolfe, a forensic crime-series starring Babou Ceesay as a brilliant, but flawed forensic pathologist, not to mention the return of comedy-drama Brassic for its third season.
All episodes of this year’s BAFTA winning and nominated content such as Save Me Too, Life & Rhymes, I Hate Suzie and The Third Day are available to watch on demand for all Sky customers and on streaming service NOW.
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