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Our Predictions For This Year’s BAFTA Awards

It’s the most refined evening of the British television industry. BAFTA have just announced the nominations for this year’s awards, taking place at Londons Tobacco Dock next week. Here, we take you through who we predict will leave with a piece of bronze alloy in their hands…

Drama Series

Our winner: The Crown

Other nominees: Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders and The End of the F***ing World.

Despite Peaky Blinders coming a clear second place, Netflix series The Crown just pipped them to the post for this category. Royalist or not, The Crown has gripped the nation with its duo of series exploring the drama and the debauchery surrounding Great Britain’s royal family. Following the life of our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, it encapsulates the complex and unrelenting nature of her role. Played by Claire Foy, she executes the Queen’s hardy yet charming character perfectly. Unfortunately for die-hard fans, the next series won’t appear on screens until 2019.

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Our winner: The Handmaid’s Tale

Other nominees: Big Little Lies, Feud and The Vietnam War.

Based on a novel written by Margaret Atwood, this American drama/thriller follows the story of Offred. Living in a dystopian world riddled with a fertility draught, society is ruled by a fundamentalist regime aiming to repopulate the world. Offred, played by Elizabeth Moss, is one of the few remaining fertile women in America, and is kept as a slave by the fundamentalists. It is both a fascinating and unnerving watch with twists and complexities that prompt you to think about human nature. The anticipation is building for season two which lands this month – it’s one hundred percent our front runner.

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Leading Actress

Our winner: Claire Foy – The Crown

Other nominees: Molly Windsor – Three Girls, Sinead Keenan – Little Boy Blue and Thandie Newton – Line of Duty.

Although her time playing the Queen has come to an end (Olivia Colman is replacing her in the next season of The Crown), Claire Foy’s performance in the award-winning series is entirely spell-bounding. Playing Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation and life as a young mother and monarch, she truly brought to life the Queen’s apprehension to being head of the royal family at such a young age and the brave nature she had always had within her. Playing one of the world’s most famous women is no mean feat, but Foy succeeded it with poise and grace, much similar to the Queen’s mannerisms.

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Leading Actor

Our winner: Joe Cole – Hang the DJ (Black Mirror) 

Other nominees: Jack Rowan – Born To Kill, Sean Bean – Broken and Tim Pigott-Smith – King Charles III.

Young British actor Joe Cole has bagged himself his first BAFTA nomination for Black Mirror episode, Hang the DJ. The show, created by Charlie Brooker, follows the story of a couple who are directed by a system that only allows them to be together for a certain period of time. This futuristic love story was a far cry away from Cole’s debut mainstream TV appearance on Peaky Blinders. For such an emotional part, he manages to avoid any sickly moments for a tear-jerking, honest performance that, we believe, is undoubtedly BAFTA-worthy.

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The Full List Of Nominations

Entertainment performance

Adam Hill – The Last Leg (Channel 4) / Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC One) / Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) / Sandi Toksvig – QI (BBC Two)

Female performance in a comedy programme

Anna Maxwell Martin – Motherland (BBC Two) / Daisy May Cooper – This Country (BBC Three) / Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe (Channel 4) / Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share (Channel 4)

Male performance in a comedy programme

Asim Chaundry – People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three) / Rob Brydon – The Trip to Spain (BBC) / Samson Kayo – Famalam (BBC Three) / Toby Jones – Detectorists (BBC Four)


Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4) / Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic) / Feud: Bette and Joan (BBC Two) / The Vietnam War (BBC)

Supporting actor

Adrian Dunbar – Line of Duty (BBC One) / Anupam Kher – The Boy with the Top Knot (BBC Two) / Brian F O’Byrne – Little Boy Blue (ITV) / Jimmi Simpson – USS Callister: Black Mirror (Netflix)

Supporting actress

Anna Friel – Broken (BBC One) / Julie Hesmondhalgh – Broadchurch (ITV) / Liv Hill – Three Girls (BBC One) / Vanessa Kirby – The Crown (Netflix)

Specialist factual

Basquiat: Rage to Riches (BBC Two) / Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain (BBC Two) / Blue Planet II (BBC One) / Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (BBC Two)

Reality and constructed factual

Celebrity Hunted (Channel 4) / Love Island (ITV) / Old People’s Home For Four-Year Olds (Channel 4) / The Real Full Monty (ITV)

Current affairs

Raped: My Story (Channel 5) / Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad – Dispatches (Channel 4) / Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets – Panorama (BBC One) / White Right: Meeting The Enemy – Exposure (ITV)

Entertainment programme

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) / Britain’s Got Talent (ITV) / Michael Mcintyre’s Big Show (BBC One) / The Voice UK (ITV)

Scripted comedy

Catastrophe (Channel 4) / Chewing Gum (Channel 4) / This Country (BBC Three) / Timewasters (ITV2)

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme

Murder In Successville (BBC Three) / Taskmaster (Dave) / The Last Leg (Channel 4) / Would I Lie to You (BBC One)

Factual series

Ambulance (BBC One) / Catching A Killer (Channel 4) / Drugsland (BBC Three) / Hospital (BBC Two)


Antiques Roadshow (BBC One) / Cruising With Jane McDonald (Channel 5) / No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kid Go Gender Free? (BBC Two) / The Secret Life of the Zoo (Channel 4)

News coverage

The Battle For Mosul (Sky) / The Grenfell Tower Fire (Channel 4) / The Grenfell Tower Fire (ITV) / The Rohingya Crisis (Sky)

Single documentary

Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me (BBC Two) / Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (BBC Two) / One Deadly Weekend in America (BBC Three) / Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (BBC One)

Single drama

Against The Law (BBC Two) / Hang The DJ: Black Mirror (Netflix) / King Charless III (BBC Two) / Murdered For Being Different (BBC Three)


Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko (Sky) / Six Nations: Wales v England (BBC One) / The grand National (ITV) / Uefa Women’s Euro Semi-final (Channel 4)


Howards End (BBC One) / The Moorside (ITV) / The State (Channel 4) / Three Girls (BBC One)

Virgin’s Must-See Moments

Love Island – Stormzy Makes a Surprise Appearance (ITV 2) / Game of Thrones – Viserion is Killed by the Night King (Sky Atlantic) / Doctor Who – The Thirteenth Doctor Revealed (BBC One) / Love Manchester – Ariana Grande Sings ‘One Last Time’ (BBC One) / Blue Planet II – Mother Pilot Whale Grieves (BBC One) / Line of Duty – Huntley’s Narrow Escape (BBC One)

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