The TV BAFTAs looked a little different this year due to the pandemic and social distancing. The event which happened on the 31 July filmed from a studio in Television Centre, London was hosted by the British director and comedic actor Richard Ayoade. The new date was a reschedule of the original 17 May 2020 event and happened virtually to celebrate the importance of television during Covid-19. Let’s take a look at some of the winners!

The event had various hosts and television personalities, hosting at a podium in front of a large screen where the winners could give their speeches. It has been the first major award show to air during the pandemic. 

Tim Minchin, the Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician, composer, lyricist, and director, created a comedic song to open the occasion. Check it out below.

Best Drama Series

  • The End of the F***ing World (Netflix/Channel 4) – Winner
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Gentleman Jack (HBO/BBC One)
  • Giri/Haji (BBC Two)

Best Mini-Series

  • Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic) – Winner
  • A Confession (ITV)
  • The Victim (BBC One)
  • The Virtues (Channel 4)

Best Single Drama

  • The Left Behind (BBC Three) – Winner
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War (Channel 4)
  • Elizabeth is Missing (BBC One)
  • Responsible Child (BBC Two)

Best Soap and Continuing Drama

  • Emmerdale (ITV) – Winner
  • Casualty (BBC One)
  • Coronation Street (ITV)
  • Holby City (BBC One)

Best Actor

  • Jared Harris – Chernobyl as Valery Legasov (HBO/Sky Atlantic) – Winner
  • Takehiro Hira – Giri/Haji as Kenzo Mori (BBC Two)
  • Stephen Graham – The Virtues as Joseph (Channel 4)
  • Callum Turner – The Capture as Shaun Amery (BBC One)

Best Actress

  • Glenda Jackson – Elizabeth is Missing as Maud (BBC One) – Winner
  • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve as Villanelle (BBC One)
  • Suranne Jones – Gentleman Jack as Anne Lister (HBO/BBC One)
  • Samantha Morton – I Am Kirsty as Kirsty (Channel 4)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Will Sharpe – Giri/Haji as Rodney (BBC Two) – Winner
  • Joe Absolom – A Confession as Christopher Halliwell (ITV)
  • Josh O’Connor – The Crown as Prince Charles (Netflix)
  • Stellan Skarsgård – Chernobyl as Boris Shcherbina (HBO/Sky Atlantic)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Naomi Ackie – The End of the F***ing World as Bonnie (Channel 4) – Winner
  • Helen Behan – The Virtues as Anna (Channel 4)
  • Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown as Princess Margaret (Netflix)
  • Jasmine Jobson – Top Boy as Jaq (Netflix)

Best Male Comedy Performance

  • Jamie Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats as Stath (Channel 4) – Winner
  • Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education as Eric Effiong (Netflix)
  • Youssef Kerkour – Home as Sami (Channel 4)
  • Guz Khan – Man Like Mobeen as Mobeen (BBC Three)

Best Female Comedy Performance

  • Sian Clifford – Fleabag as Claire (BBC Three) – Winner
  • Gbemisola Ikumelo – Famalam as Various characters (BBC Three)
  • Sarah Kendall – Frayed as Sammy Cooper (BBC Three)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag as Fleabag (BBC Three)

Best Scripted Comedy

  • Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4) – Winner
  • Catastrophe (Channel 4)
  • Derry Girls (Channel 4)
  • Fleabag (BBC Three)

Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme

  • Taskmaster (Dave) – Winner
  • The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
  • The Last Leg (Channel 4)
  • The Ranganation (BBC Two)

For the rest of the winners, see this BAFTA TV 2020 winners list. Here are some of the highlights of the show.

It’s not a usual write up about award shows as there was no red carpet, but at least everyone wasn’t in their tracksuit as Tim Minchin predicted in his opening song. Which winner was your favourite? Have you enjoyed these TV programmes during the lockdown? Let us know in the comments.

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Elaine Frieman

Elaine Frieman

Writer and editor from both sides of the pond with a Master's degree in British Victorian Literature and a love of fashion. Elaine Frieman is a dual British and American citizen (with a generic American accent); she has a love of people, travel, reading, writing, food, ballet, theatre, and cultures. And who doesn't love a good suit? She spent her childhood near the rolling green Pennines in the North of England; then she relocated to sunny palm-tree-laden Florida and moved further north to the deep-South Bible belt of Georgia. She currently lives in Todmorden, England with her boyfriend Michael, after having lived in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany, and in Oldham, England. No plans to relocate any time soon.