Every year when the TV BAFTAs are announced, social media and entertainment writers are usually disproportionately furious. “How can the judges have snubbed Doctor Who/Ant And Dec/Dermot O’Leary’s The Getaway Car???!!!???”
Except this year, everyone is strangely muted. Because it looks like the BAFTA panel have, give or take, got the nominations about right.
Sure, Sky Atlantic’s plodding heist anti-climax The Last Panthers looks out of place in the Best Drama category. Kevin McCloud should be nowhere near a BAFTA.
But generally, it’s hard to argue with a list that finds room for everything from This Is England to Cucumber via Peter Kay’s Car Share.
Most importantly, there are a few nominations for cutting-edge shows that the predictable and staid National Television Awards wouldn’t go near.
Here are the five nominees that demonstrate BAFTA are more credible than they’re generally given credit for.
People Just Do Nothing
Shoutout from Isleworth to MC Grindah and DJ Beats for Kurupt FM getting props from the BAFTAs for BBC3’s fantastically detailed pirate radio sitcom. Just when The Office formula looked to have died out, creators Allan Mustafa and Hugo Chegwin have slowly turned their grime wannabes into lovable heroes.
Currently wowing E4 as badass alien Lilyhot in The Aliens, Michaela Coel had already done great work with her own sitcom Chewing Gum – as seen with both the show and Coel getting nominations. Coel will also be seen in fellow nominee Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. For an actress who spent a long time not wanting to be on TV, Coel is unstoppable.
Nominated in both the Best Drama Series and Audience Choice categories, it’s remarkable to see a sci-fi series getting recognition. Especially one that’s essentially about sexy robots. Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley’s scripts made such a potentially clichéd idea not only credible but also deeply sinister throughout.
The standout in a generally good year anyway for Netflix, Narcos expertly trod the line between camp and threatening in recreating Pablo Escobar’s reign. Forget Scandic noir, suddenly South American gangster became the hot new subtitled genre.
Everyone knew before the final 1990 instalment that This Is England was golden. But picking out the actress who plays Kelly is really pleasing. Amongst the now stellar talent like Stephen Graham, Vicky McClure, Joe Gilgud and Johnny Harris, it’s time that Chanel Creswell was recognised as being just as high quality. To be honest, her nod makes more sense than Stephen Graham being up for Best Actor – as incredible as Graham was yet again, he was barely in TIE 90.
Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn