BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Winners Announced

BAFTA has announced the winners of last weekend's British Academy Television Craft Awards, celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes television talent of 2021.

The ceremony was hosted by Mel Giedroyc, and featured guest presenters including; Ade Adepitan, Aisling Bea, Mary Beard, Olivia Colman, Natalie Emmanuel, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Tony Robinson and Harry Trevaldwyn.

Landscapers, the drama mini-series inspired by the story of a couple whose crime of killing her parents remained undiscovered for over a decade, was successful in three categories: Arthur Sharpe for Original Music; Erik Wilson for Photography & Lighting: Fiction; and Cristina Casali, Robert Wischhusen-Hayes, Fabrice Spelta for Production Design.

We Are Lady Parts, the musical comedy about a Muslim female punk band, also won three awards:  creator  and first-time nominee Nida Manzoor collected her first BAFTA for Writer: Comedy; PC Williams won Costume Design and Aisha Bywaters won for Scripted Casting.

It’s A Sin, the 1980s set drama about five friends living in the shadow of AIDS, received two awards: Peter Hoar won Director: Fiction and Sarah Brewerton won Editing: Fiction.

The Witcher the fantasy drama based on the book by the same name won in two categories; Barrie Gower and Sara Gower for Make-Up & Hair  and  Dadi Einarsson, Gavin Round, Aleksandar Pejic, Oliver Cubbage, Stefano Pepin and Jet Omoshebi won Special, Visual & Graphic Effects.

Following her win at the 2020 BAFTA Cymru Awards, BAFTA Breakthrough alumni Kayleigh Llewellyn has gone on to win Writer: Drama for In My Skin.

BAFTA continues to shine a spotlight on the very best emerging talent in the industry with the Emerging Talent: Fiction category, won this year by Adjani Salmon for his writing debut, Dreaming Whilst Black. Emerging Talent: Factual saw director Adam Brown win for Into the Storm: Surfing to Survive (Storyville).

Other first-time BAFTA winners included: Paul Dugdale, Director: Multi-Camera for Glastonbury Festival: Live at Worthy Farm; James Incledon, Photography Factual for Liverpool Narcos; and Danny Collins and Mark Hammill, Editing Factual for 9/11: Inside the Presidents War Room. 

The award for Director: Factual was presented to James Newton for Grenfell: The Untold story.

The award for Entertainment Craft Team was presented to Nigel Catmur, Andy Deacon, Patrick Doherty, Kevin Duff, Simon Haw and Andrew Stokes for The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

The award for Sound: Factual was won by Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley, Nas Parkash, Dan Johnson, Tae Hak Kim and Claire Ellis for 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. The award for Sound: Fiction was awarded to Sound Team for A Very British Scandal. Titles & Graphic Identity was won by Tim Jones, James Cross, Fantasister Utamaro, Ron Chakraborty, Kenji Kawai and Factory Fifteen for Tokyo 2020.

The TV Craft Special Award was presented to Triple C by writer Jack Thorne.  The gateway organisation that helps deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse creatives access the arts and media were recognised for their extraordinary work and dedication in improving access and accessibility, as well as connecting organisations, raising awareness around disability issues, and influencing decision makers within the television industry. In an acceptance speech, co-founder Cherylee Houston called on the Television industry to “elevate the voices of disabled creatives, develop careers and show the world the amazing talent that exists.”  She added; “We as a community have a wealth of exciting untold stories to bring to the screen. We need to see more deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people in-front of and behind the camera.”

Photo Credit: BAFTA/Guy Levy