2018 BAFTA TV Awards craft nominations: ‘The Crown’ leads with 7, ‘Taboo’ at 6, ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ all on 5

On March 22, 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, Netflix’s lavish historical drama “The Crown,” which speculates about the first years of the rule of Queen Elizabeth II, reaped a leading seven nominations for its second season.

Tom Hardy‘s BBC crime drama “Taboo,” which airs on FX stateside, earned six nominations for its first season. This gritty series is set in the early 19th century and follows the misadventures of diamond thief James Delaney (Hardy) who returns to England after a dozen years in Africa following the death of his father.

SEE 2018 BAFTA TV Awards: Craft nominations full list led by ‘The Crown,’ ‘Taboo,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’

Hardy also appeared in another historical crime drama, “Peaky Blinders.” The fourth season of that Netflix series contends in five categories. Likewise for the the streaming service’s surreal series “Black Mirror,” including one for creator Charlie Brooker. BBC’s beautifully filmed nature program “Planet Earth II” earned five nominations as well.

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Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 22 with “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan hosting. Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 4 with that ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 13.

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