On March 28, the BAFTAs announced the nominees for their TV craft awards honoring the best behind-the-scenes artists and professionals; these are equivalent to the Creative Arts Awards at the Emmys. Not surprisingly, the BBC’s beautifully filmed nature program “Planet Earth II” leads with nine bids, including a clean sweep of the factual photography category.
Among fictional fare, Netflix’s historical drama “The Crown,” which speculates about the first years of the rule of Queen Elizabeth II, reaped seven nominations while the BBC spy thriller “The Night Manager” earned six. Channel 4’s miniseries “National Treasure” picked up five nominations as did the network’s one-time anthology “Black Mirror,” which now airs on Netflix.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge claimed two nominations for the freshman season of her BBC comedy “Fleabag,” which airs stateside on Amazon. She contends for writing and breakthrough talent. Last week, she picked up that latter prize at the Royal Television Society Awards.
Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 23 with “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan hosting. Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 11 with that ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 14.
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