The BAFTA TV Craft Awards handed out on April 23 honor skills in 20 different categories. Nine of these are devoted to fictional programming, another four to factual, and seven are in combined fields. These kudos are equivalent to the Creative Arts Awards at the Emmys.
Not surprisingly, the BBC’s beautifully filmed nature program “Planet Earth II” was the most nominated show, with nine bids including a clean sweep of the factual photography category. Indeed, host Stephen Manghan (“Episodes”) deemed that to be the “Planet Earth II” award. However, it won only one other: factual editing.
Among fictional fare, three dramas claimed two apiece: Netflix’s lavish “The Crown,” which chronicles the early years of the reign of Elizabeth II, won costume design and visual effects (the latter a surprise, surely?). It contended in five other categories.
AMC’s “The Night Manager,” a co-production with the BBC, bagged two (editing, sound) of its six bids. This sweeping adaptation of the John Le Carre spy novel swept the Golden Globes earlier this year but is all but shut of the nominations for next month’s main BAFTA awards.
Channel 4’s “National Treasure,” which streamed here on Hulu, won for direction and music. This four-parter stars Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters as a couple whose marriage is threatened when he, a revered entertainer, is accused of sexual assault. Among those that helmer Marc Munden edged out were Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”) and Oscar winner Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”).
Sally Wainwright won the fiction writing award for the second season of BBC’s crime drama “Happy Valley,” which streams here on Netflix. This is the third win for Wainwright from five nominations. Among her rivals was Oscar winner Peter Morgan (“The Queen”) for “The Crown.” And Stefan Golaszewski won his second career BAFTA for writing the BBC comedy “Mum.”
The BBC’s epic adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” which aired here across A&E, Lifetime and the History Channel, claimed the production design prize. And Netflix’s “Black Mirror” won best make-up and hair.