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BAFTA Television Awards 2019: Full list of nominees

The best of British television will be celebrated on Sunday (12th May) at the 2019 BAFTA Television Awards. Killing Eve leads the nominations with 15 nods, while A Very English Scandal follows with 12. Here’s the full list of nominees – and you can find everything else you need to know about the awards here.

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (voted for by the public)

Coronation Street – Gail’s monologue on Aidan Connor’s suicide

Doctor Who – Rosa Parks, the Doctor and her companions make sure historical moments remain

Killing Eve – Eve stabs Villanelle

Peter Kay’s Car Share – The Finale

Bodyguard – The bomb during Julia Montague’s speech

Queer Eye – Tom completes his transformation

Comedy Entertainment Programme

The Big Narstie Show – Ben Wicks, Obi Kevin Akudike, Nathan Brown, Aoife Bower – Expectation Entertainment / Dice Productions / Channel 4

The Last Leg – Andrew Beint, Ben Knappett, Lisa Kirk, Cimran Shah – Open Mike / Channel 4

A League of Their Own – David Taylor, Jack Shillaker, Ish Kalia, Murray Boland – CPL Productions / Sky One

Would I Lie To You? – Peter Holmes, Rachel Ablett, Ruth Phillips, Adam Copeland – Zeppotron / BBC One

Current Affairs

Football’s Wall of Silence (Al Jazeera Investigations) – Production Team – Al Jazeera English

Iran Unveiled: Taking On The Ayatollahs (Exposure) – Production Team – Hardcash Productions / ITV

Massacre at Ballymurphy – Callum Macrae, Gwioh Owain, Mark Williams, Charlie Hawryliw – Outsider Television / Channel 4

Myanmar’s Killing Fields (Dispatches) – Production Team – Evan Williams Productions / Mongoose Pictures / Channel 4

Drama Series

Bodyguard – Production Team – World Productions / BBC One

Informer – Jonny Campbell, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, Julian Stevens – Neal Street Productions / BBC One

Killing Eve – Production Team – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One

Save Me – Production Team – World Productions / Sky Atlantic

Entertainment Performance

Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly – Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV Studios / Mitre Television / ITV

David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? – Zeppotron / BBC One

Lee Mack – Would I Lie To You? – Zeppotron / BBC One

Rachel Parris – The Mash Report – Zeppotron / BBC Two

Entertainment Programme

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – Pete Ogden, Saul Fearnley, Tom Locking, Helen Kruger Bratt – ITV Studios / Mitre Television / ITV

Britain’s Got Talent – Charlie Irwin, Amelia Brown, Lee McNicholas – Thames / Syco Production / ITV

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show – Dan Baldwin, Claire Horton, Christian Fletcher, Michael McIntyre – Hungry McBear Media / BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing – Production Team – BBC Studios / BBC One

Factual Series

24 Hours in A&E – Production Team – The Garden Productions / Channel 4

Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution – Production Team – BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit / BBC Three

Louis Theroux’s Altered States – Production Team – BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit / BBC Two

Prison – Richard Melman, Paddy Wivell, Kathy Myers, Jack Wood – Spring Films / Channel 4

Features

Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip – Martin Dance, Chris Brogden, Steph Weatherill, Sam Campbell – Studio Ramsay / ITV

The Great British Bake Off – Production Team – Love Productions / Channel 4

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – Production Team – Owl Power / BBC Two

Who Do You Think You Are? – Colette Flight, Sarah Feltes, Anna Kirkwood, David Vincent – Wall To Wall Media / BBC One

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Daisy May Cooper – This Country – BBC Studios / BBC Three

Jessica Hynes – There She Goes – Merman / BBC Four

Julia Davis – Sally4Ever – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic

Lesley Manville – Mum – Big Talk Productions / The Money Men / BBC Two

International

54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis – Regina Ziegler. Killian Riedhof, Holger Karsten Schmidt – Ziegler Film / ARD Degeto / BBC Four

The Handmaid’s Tale – Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Mike Barker – MGM / Channel 4

Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate (Storyville) – Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman, Justin Wilkes, Dan Cogan – Radical Media / BBC Two

Succession – Production Team – HBO Entertainment / Project Zeus / Gary Sanchez Productions / Sky Atlantic

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose – Two Cities / Sunnymarch TV / Little Island Productions / Sky Atlantic

Chance Perdomo – Killed By My Debt – BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit / BBC Three

Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal – Blueprint Pictures / BBC One

Lucian Msamati – Kiri – The Forge Entertainment / Channel 4

Leading Actress

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One

Keeley Hawes – Bodyguard – World Productions / BBC One

Ruth Wilson – Mrs Wilson – Snowed-in Productions / BBC One

Sandra Oh – Killing Eve – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One

Live Event

Open Heart Surgery: Live – Production Team – The Garden Productions / Channel 5

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance – Production Team – BBC Studios / BBC One

The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – Production Team – BBC Studios / BBC One

Stand Up To Cancer – Suzi Aplinn, Andrew Charles Smith, Murray James, Gabe Turner – Fulwell 73 / Channel 4

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Alex MacQueen – Sally4Ever – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic

Jamie Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats – Roughcut TV / Channel 4

Peter Mullan – Mum – Big Talk Productions / The Money Men / BBC Two

Steve Pemberton – Inside No.9 – BBC Studios / BBC Two

Mini-series

A Very English Scandal – Russel T. Davies, Stephen Frears, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Dan Winch – Blueprint Pictures / BBC One

Kiri – Jack Thorne, George Ormond, Toby Bentley, Euros Lyn – The Forge Entertainment / Channel 4

Mrs Wilson – Ruth Kenley-Letts, Richard Laxton, Anna Symon, Ruth Wilson – Snowed-In Productions / BBC One

Patrick Melrose – Production Team – Two Cities / Sunnymarch TV / Little Island Productions / Sky Atlantic

News Coverage

Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons (Newsnight) – Production Team – BBC / BBC Two

Cambridge Analytica Uncovered – Production Team – ITN / Channel 4

Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge – Production Team – ITV Studios Daytime / ITV

Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive – Production Team – ITV Studios Daytime / ITV

Reality & Constructed Factual

Dragon’s Den – Production Team – BBC Studios / BBC Two

I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! – Production Team – ITV Studios / ITV

Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds – Murray Boland, Trish Powell, Benjamin Leigh, Louise Bartmann – CPL Productions / Channel 4

The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night – Production Team – Spun Gold TV / ITV

Scripted Comedy

Derry Girls – Lisa McGee, Michael Lennox, Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin – Hat Trick Productions / Channel 4

Mum – Stefan Golaszewski, Richard Laxton, Kenton Allen, George Fallon – Big Talk Productions / The Money Men / BBC Two

Sally4Ever – Production Team – Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic

Stath Lets Flats – Production Team – Roughcut TV / Channel 4

Short Form Programme

Bovrill Pam (Snatches From Women’s Lives) – Vanessa Caswill, Vicky Jones, Debbie Christie – BBC Studios / BBC Four

The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk – Spencer Jones, Jon Riche, David Simpson – Tiger Aspect / BBC iPlayer

Missed Call – Production Team – Field Day Productions / Little Dot Studios / Real Stories

Wonderdates – Lydia Hampson, Tim Key, Jonathan Van Tulleken – Two Brothers Pictures / BBC iPlayer

Single Documentary

Driven: The Billy Monger Story – Caroline Hawkins, Charlie Russell, Will Grayburn – Oxford Scientific Films / BBC Three

Gun No.6 – Jmaes Newton, Zac Beattie, Georgina Cammalleri, Rupert Houseman – The Garden productions / BBC Two

My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me – Production Team – Dragonfly / BBC One

School For Stammerers – Jill Worsley, Rachel Bloomfield – Shiver / ITV

Single Drama

Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) – Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, David Slade, Russell Mclean – House of Tomorrow / Netflix

Care – Donna Malloy, Colin McKeown, Jimmy McGovern, David Blair – LA Productions / BBC One

Killed By My Debt – Production Team – BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit / BBC Three

Through The Gates (On The Edge) – Lisa Walters, Georgia Christou, Stella Coraddi – Backlight TV / Channel 4

Soap & Continuing Drama

Casualty – Production Team – BBC Studios / BBC One

Coronation Street – Production Team – ITV Studios / ITV

Eastenders – Production Team – BBC Studios / BBC One

Hollyoaks – Bryan Kirkwood, Emily Gascoyne, Colette Chard, Kevin Rundle – Lime Pictures / Channel 4

Specialist Factual

Bros: After The Screaming Stops – David Soutar, Joe Pearlman, Leo Pearlman, Heather Greenwood – Fulwell 73 / BBC Four

Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage – Grayson Perry, Neil Crombie, Joe Evans, James House – Swan Films / Channel 4

Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley – Production Team – Brook Lapping / BBC One

Superkids: Breaking Away From Care – Guy King, Emily Turner, Simon McMahon – Expectation / Channel 4

Sport

2018 Six Nations: Scotland V England – Production Team – BBC Sport / BBC One

2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England V Sweden – Production Team – BBC Sport / BBC On

England’s Test Cricket – Cook’s Farewell – Production Team – Sky Sports / Sky Sports Cricket

Winter Olympics – Production Team – BBC Sport / BBC Two

Supporting Actor

Alex Jennings – Unforgotten – Mainstreet Pictures / ITV

Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal – Blueprint Pictures / BBC One

Kim Bodnia – Killing Eve – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One

Stephen Graham – Save Me – World Productions / Sky Atlantic

Supporting Actress

Billie Piper – Collateral – The Forge Entertainment / BBC Two

Fiona Shaw – Killing Eve – Sid Gentle Films / BBC One

Keeley Hawes – Mrs Wilson – Snowed-In Productions / BBC One
Monica Dolan –  A Very English Scandal – Blueprint Pictures / BBC One

Tune in to the 2019 BAFTA Television Awards at 8pm on Sunday 12thMay on BBC One.

Featured image courtesy of Wikipedia.

BAFTA Television Awards 2019: Everything you need to know

On Sunday, stars of the small screen will come together to celebrate the best of British television at the BAFTA Television Awards. Here’s everything you need to know about the ceremony showcasing the best in the industry.

When is the BAFTA Television Awards?

The ceremony takes place on Sunday 12th May at 8pm.

The BAFTA Television Awards have been a separate event from the British Television Craft Awards – which celebrate the best of the behind-the-scenes talent – since 1998. The BAFTA Craft Awards took place on 28thApril and saw talent from A Very English Scandal, Killing Eve and Patrick Melrose take home multiple awards.

How can I watch?

The awards will be broadcast on BBC One from 8pm on Sunday. The ceremony will not be live but a delayed, edited version will be shown.

If you can’t watch it on Sunday, BBC iPlayer will have a version available to stream shortly after its television broadcast.

Where will the awards take place?

The ceremony will take place at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, where it has taken place since 2016.

Who’s hosting the BAFTA Television Awards? 

Graham Norton has been confirmed as the host for the 2019 ceremony. He previously hosted the ceremony in 2005 and has said it would be a ‘pleasure to reward brilliant talent’ at the awards.

Who’s been nominated?

Killing Eve leads the nominations with 15. A Very English Scandal follows with 12 nominations, and Bodyguard and Patrick Melrose each have 6 nominations.

BAFTA TV AWARDS

Click here for a full list of nominees.

Tune in to the 2019 BAFTA Television Awards at 8pm on Sunday 12thMay on BBC One.

Featured image courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog movie given all-new redesign after fan backlash

With the release of Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu, the pressure is on for other video game-related movies. One, in particular, is Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog which is scheduled for release in November. Film stars include Ben Schwarts as the titular character, Jim Carrey as villain Doctor Robotnik, as well as James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough, and Adam Pally. While there have been some questions in the casting of Jim Carrey, it is the appearance of protagonist Sonic in the trailer that has upset fans.

Watch the trailer below:

 

 

 

 

The trailer itself has received criticism for its use of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, which many fans believe is out of place in a movie about a children’s video game character.

But it was the appearance of Sonic himself that has become a hot topic online in the past week, with fans pointing out the ‘uncanny valley’ effect of Sonic’s teeth, eyes, and body.

 

 

Some fans have taken it upon themselves to improve the look of the character. One redesign by digital artist Edward Pun has received over 80,000 retweets and over 320,000 likes on Twitter. Many have criticised the Sonic on the left as looking like a man in a costume, whereas the right’s body and eye shape are more like the iconic Sega character.

This has all lead to the director of the film, Jeff Fowler, to respond to comments on Twitter saying that they will be redesigning the character to best fit what fans want. This redesign comes just six months before the film’s release.

It’s unclear if the film’s release date will be pushed back.

 

 

 

The release of Detective Pikachu and its early positive reviews has lead to comparisons between the two iconic video game characters. While Pikachu is near identical to the character it’s based on, Sonic has been likened more to a cat than its hedgehog roots.

 

Detective Pikachu released in cinemas to positive reviews

Attention all Poke-fans! Warner Bros’ Detective Pikachu comes out in cinemas across the UK today.

What is the film about?
‘In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.’ – IMDb

Who is in it?
Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds both voices and provides facial motion capture for the titular character, while Justice Smith plays his partner and former Pokemon trainer, Tim Goodman.

Watch the first trailer below:

The film has received 68% approval in early reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film’s official trailer was released on 12th November 2018 and was quickly trending on YouTube and Twitter. Within 24 hours the trailer had over 100 million views across multiple online and social media platforms.

In true Ryan Reynolds fashion, on the 7th of May, he tweeted that the movie had been “leaked” but the video linked was, in fact, a one hour and 42-minute video of Detective Pikachu dancing to an upbeat 80s song.

Video game movies have been notoriously low-rated in the past, with 2009’s Tekken rating 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Detective Pikachu may be the one to change the game.

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Why does the boyband novelty never go away?

The Beatles, Take That, Westlife, JLS, 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction, BTS, The Vamps. What do all these have in common? They’re all boybands. And we’re all obsessed with them.

It feels like the world has been obsessed with boybands since the beginning of time. There’s just something about a group of boys that can sing. Men, women, boys and girls – we all love it. It all started with Beatlemania in the 60s and, since then, it’s been a bandwagon that nobody can seem to get off.

As pop royalty Take That begin their eight-day residency at London’s O2 Arena in celebration of their 30-year anniversary, it’s time to take a look at why the novelty of boybands just doesn’t go away.

There’s a level of loyalty, when it comes to boybands and their fans. Look at bands like Take That; they’re 30 years into their career and stronger than ever. Granted, they began as a five-piece and are now a three-piece, but Gary, Mark and Howard haven’t been short of success.

They’re arguably one of the only bands that have made their situation work. They broke up in 1996, following Robbie Williams’ 1995 departure but reunited in 2006 (still without Robbie). In 2010, Robbie re-joined the group for their Progress album but his comeback didn’t last long and, in 2014, it was Jason’s turn to hang up his microphone.

Take That are perhaps the only band that have evolved as their members have left but, at the same time, have managed to stick to their roots. Fans of the group are some of the most dedicated fans in the world – no matter what, they’re always supporting. And that’s something that goes for boybands in general.

Think about the Jonas Brothers. They disbanded in 2013 and made their comeback six years later, in 2019. Having had successful solo careers, it’s always a potential risk for anyone going back to their boyband roots but, with boybands, one thing’s for certain: the fans. They may have grown up and in some cases married and had children but the devotion doesn’t go away.

There’s something about having a band that you grow up with. And every generation has one. From the likes of The Beatles in the 60s to One Direction more recently, there’s always a band for people to obsess over. There’s always one you can relate to – whether that be the music, or a member themselves. And that stays with you. The support and connection you feel to a band in your teenage years, for example, will 99% of the time stay with you for a lifetime. And then it becomes about nostalgia. The older you get, the more you’re reminded of the impact these bands and their music had on you – the happy times, the difficult times, the times that you wouldn’t have been able to get through without the support of your favourite band. And that’s why the novelty doesn’t go away; there’s nothing quite like it.

So if you love boybands just as much as us (and the rest of the world), have a listen to our Spotify playlist – a compilation of WNOL and WNOL readers’ favourite boyband songs.

Star Wars Day: How to celebrate

From the UK to galaxies far, far away, fans of the Star Wars franchise can be found clad in capes, a collectors t-shirt and ready with a lightsaber. Since 2011, May the 4th has been heavily regarded as Star Wars Day with a play on words of the famous line, ‘May the force be with you’.

Although not affiliated with George Lucas or his former film company Lucasfilms, the day is recognised by the creator, and is celebrated by fans every year. From viewing parties, to costume parties, and even a murder mystery, here are the best ways to spend Star Wars Day 2019. And may we just say, ‘May the force with be with you’.

Events in and around London

Star Wars Experience at Madame Tussauds

The Star Wars Experience at Madame Tussauds is a permanent fixture but what better way to spend May 4th than immersing yourself in the Star Wars world? Travel to a galaxy far, far away with 18 life-like figures of famous Star Wars characters and 12 sets. From Jabba the Hutt to Chewbacca, and Yoda to Darth Vader, there’s everything you need to become part of the franchise. Prices start from £29 for an adult (16+) ticket.

May the Fourth Be With You Cabaret at The Apple Tree 

Hosted by Marc Anthony and headlined by Lily Snatch Dragon, why not head to The Apple Tree in Mount Pleasant, London for a night full of sci-fi themed cabaret? Priced between £5-£10, the independent pub is offering alien themed performances, karaoke and a DJ to celebrate one of their favourite days of the year. The venue is encouraging dress up so you might as well go all out and channel your inner Yoda for the night.

Star Wars Day Stand Up Comedy at the South Kensington Comedy Club

We all love a bit of comedy so, if you’re celebrating May 4th, head to the South Kensington Comedy Club for a night of Star Wars themed comedy. Hosted by the club’s resident MC Star Wars fanatic Ashley Gorman, the night will be full of laughs – especially if you really embrace the theme and dress up. Oh, and it’s free!

See our other Star Wars coverage here: 

May The Fourth Be With You: The Jedi Robe Shop

Star Wars fans and actors pay tribute to Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew 

If you can’t get to London, don’t panic – there are plenty of other ways you can celebrate.

Dress up!

What’s more fun than becoming someone else for a day? Especially when it’s your favourite movie character.

Throw a Star Wars party

Grab your friends and get partying. Make it a viewing party – you can watch the films in order of release or spice it up a little. This is the order that we prefer:

WNOL'S STAR WARS TIMELINE

Comics

Interestingly, Free Comic Book Day is on May 5th. What better way to continue your celebrations of May 4ththan reading the Star Wars Adventures comics? Set in the Star Wars universe, the comics are the perfect way to experience the franchise in another way.

Is gaming getting too hot for you?

 

Can you remember the last game you played that was stolen you away on an almost indescribably breathtaking riverboat journey for countless hours at a time? The video games industry has grown an extraordinary amount in the past decade and now brings in more revenue globally than the music and film industries.

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But you don’t reach that point without doing something truly amazing, and last year was a testament to that fact. Austin Quinn is a journalist working for the new kid on the block, ‘Exclusively Games’ and graciously gave his take on the intense themes, issues, and narratives, explored through video games today. When asked about which were his favourite games from last year he included Spiderman and God of war without missing a beat. Quinn explained that “these new games really show off what the PS4 and just current generation consoles, in general, can do, I wouldn’t be surprised if people mistook either game for a PC one at some point”.

Main art with logo for Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition - horizontalWhen asked about whether or not these experiences have become too profound, Quinn pointed out that “today most of these games have 100s of people behind them, each putting in their suggestions and hard work behind anyone game’s development. It’s only natural for more serious or interesting games to come out of the other end of all that. But I think the industry has needed games to be as profound as they are becoming, gaming hasn’t fully cleaned off the stigma, that it’s still for little kids and that older guys and girls shouldn’t be playing”.

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And it’s pretty difficult to argue with the man especially because games like Dark Souls or Sekiro have explored new ways to tell a story, through the world itself that films for instance just could no do.

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