Britain’s BAFTA Awards


BAFTA nominations…

by Neil Bamforth

There is some good news from Blighty you know. British TV shows are doing very well all over the place. In the past, one show has often dominated these British television awards, or BAFTA’s as they are known, (British Academy of Television and Arts), but these days there are lots of TV shows that get a mention and, sometimes, win an award.

Benedict Cumberbatch finally got one after being nominated eight previous times. He won for a drama called ‘Patrick Melrose’. No, I have no idea. Never seen it. Still, I like Benedict Cumberbatch so good stuff.

The award I was particularly pleased about was for a series that I have seen. It’s always nice when you have actually seen the show, otherwise you have no idea what everyone is on about.

‘Killing Eve’ was, frankly, absolutely superb. I was gripped from start to finish. Apart from fantastic performances by all the cast, in particular the two leads, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, it was just incredibly well written with a lovely splash of dark humor running through it.

If you haven’t seen ‘Killing Eve’ then you must!

Spoiler Alert!!! Do not read this next bit, if you haven’t seen it but want to.

Ok. Looking away? Good.

Eve doesn’t get killed, which is brilliant as there can be a second series. Mind you, I suppose there could have been another series if she had been killed. It could have been called ‘Killing Sheila’ or something.

All right, you can look again now.

Jodi Comer has just got to be a psychopath in real life. Nobody can play a psychopathic assassin that well unless they are, in reality, a psychopathic assassin. Well, at least it gives her an alternative career if acting work dries up?

Perhaps that’s why they gave her the BAFTA for best actress. They were worried she’d come after them if they didn’t.

Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) “Are you a psychopath?”
Vilanelle (Jodie Comer) “You should never call a psychopath a psychopath, it upsets them”
Eve “Are you upset?”
Vilanelle pulls a lip pouting sad face.

Villanelle “Did you have a party or something?”
Eve “I have lost two jobs, a husband, and a best friend because of you”.
Villanelle “Yeah, but you got some really nice clothes out of it”.

I absolutely loved it and so will you. Go watch it!

A drama called ‘The Bodyguard’ won an award too. Apparently it is also excellent. I’ve never seen it, probably because I mistakenly thought it was a TV version of the Costner / Houston movie some years ago – and, although said movie was all right, it wasn’t my version of a great movie.

It isn’t a TV remake though. Oh bugger! I’ll have to watch it then. No idea whether I’ll like it but, apparently, an actress playing a politician gets blown up, so it does have at least one good bit in it.

The best sport program went to England’s defeat of Sweden in the 2018 World Cup Quarter Final. Well, it was hardly likely to go to England’s defeat by Croatia in the Semi-Final was it??

The best sports program is probably one of the oddest awards really. There are so many sports around that get televised, I think they should give the award to something more obscure really. Gerbil racing or a 100 meter human Lemming sprint over the White Cliffs of Dover would be good.

Anyway. I watched Britain’s BAFTA’s and, once you got beyond some of the usual boring bits, it wasn’t bad. It wouldn’t win any awards – well that would be just silly wouldn’t it?

“And here is the award for the best award program giving awards for the best award program”.

‘Killing Eve’ won, and Jodie Cromer, as psychotic assassin Vilanelle, won. My evening was complete.

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13 Responses to Britain’s BAFTA Awards

  1. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I watch British TV on a regular basis, and I love Killing Eve! The Bodyguard was EXCELLENT and I was happy to hear they are producing a second season.

    • jess Reply

      May 14, 2019 at 12:45 am

      I think they should have stopped at 1 season for the Bodyguard the same way I thought they should only do the one season of the Night Manager with Tom Hiddleston and his fine ass. I won’t watch the second season of Big Little Lies on HBO because it was not supposed to have two seasons. I have spoken 🙂

  2. jess Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I must be a weirdo because I watched two episodes of Killing Eve and gave it up. Hated it and I watch a lot of British shows because they just seem to be better done than the shows here with a few exceptions.

  3. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Jess : You hated ‘Killing Eve’???? You poor poor thing 😥

    Seriously though, how???

    • jess Reply

      May 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Just one of those things I cannot get into. Like the Crown and Downton Abbey. I can’t tell you why I don’t like it, I just don’t.

  4. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 9:55 am

    So little dude, Big Little Lies not only has a second season, the third is about to be released. As to the former, it was FANTASTIC :-). Go watch it … I have spoken.

    • jess Reply

      May 14, 2019 at 10:33 am

      AYUP, still won’t watch beyond the first season though I am like that. Um season 2 will release in June this year, I don’t know if they have opted for season 3, regardless I’m not watching it. The former the Killing Eve, like I told Neil up there I cannot tell you why I don’t like it, I just don’t and I am not wasting time trying to like something when there are so many other things I can do 🙂

      • Michael John Scott Reply

        May 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

        You are right and I am wrong, wrong, wrong about BLL’s seasons. I did watch one of their stars in a great little series though and now I can’t remember which one.

  5. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 9:57 am

    What? What? What? Killing Eve is great. Give it a chance. Bite the proverbial bullet. Wait! I’m agreeing with Neil? What’s happening in the world???? 🙂

    • jess Reply

      May 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Cats and dogs living together you and Neil agreeing. That’s it, I’m having an end of the world party this weekend.

  6. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 10:36 am


  7. Michael John Scott Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm


  8. Paul Gallagher Reply

    May 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I love British shows as well, and stream all the Brit channels. I LOVE KILLING EVE, as well as DOWNTON ABBEY.

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