Bafta TV Awards: Chernobyl leads the way with 14 nominations

Ellie Harrison

The 2020 Bafta TV nominations have been announced, with Chernobyl and The Crown up for the most awards.

Chernobyl, the Sky miniseries about the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster, earned 14 nominations, including for best mini-series and leading actor.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s third season of The Crown has been nominated in seven categories, including best drama series.

Other shows up for the best drama award are The End of the F***ing World, Gentleman Jack and Giri/Haji.

In previous years, the lack of diversity at the Bafta film and TV awards has been a huge talking point, with #BaftasSoWhite trending on Twitter and director Steve McQueen saying they risked becoming “irrelevant” if they continued to snub BAME talent.

This year, however, the TV nominations have been much more diverse, with BAME screen stars represented in every category apart from lead actress. It is the most diverse list in Bafta TV's 65-year history.

The best lead actor category sees nominations for Jared Harris (Chernobyl), Stephen Graham (The Virtues), Takehiro Hira (Giri/Haji) and Callum Turner (The Capture).

Glenda Jackson (Elizabeth is Missing), Samantha Morton (I Am Kirsty), Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack) and Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) are competing to win best lead actress.

The awards have been pushed back from their original date of 17 May to 31 July due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a virtual ceremony set to be hosted by Richard Ayoade.

See the full list of nominations below.

Leading actress

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve – BBC One

Glenda Jackson, Elizabeth is Missing – BBC One

Suranne Jones, Gentleman Jack – BBC One

Samantha Morton, I Am Kirsty – Channel 4

Leading actor

Stephen Graham, The Virtues – Channel 4

Jared Harris, Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic

Takehiro Hira, Giri/Haji - BBC Two

Callum Turner, The Capture – BBC One

Supporting actress

Naomi Ackie, The End of the F***ing World – Channel 4

Helen Behan, The Virtues – Channel 4

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown – Netflix

Jasmine Jobson, Top Boy – Netflix

Supporting actor

Joe Absolom, A Confession – ITV

Josh O’Connor, The Crown – Netflix

Will Sharpe, Giri/Haji - BBC Two

Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic

Entertainment performance

Frankie Boyle, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order - BBC Two

Mo Gilligan, The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan - Channel 4

Lee Mack, Would I Lie to You - BBC One

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show – BBC One

Male performance in a comedy programme

Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats - Channel 4

Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education – Netflix

Youssef Kerkour, Home – Channel 4

Guz Khan, Man Like Mobeen – BBC Three

Female performance in a comedy programme

Sian Clifford, Fleabag – BBC Three

Gbemisola Ikumelo, Famalam – BBC Three

Sarah Kendall, Frayed – Sky One

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – BBC Three

Drama series

The Crown - Netflix

The End Of The F***Ing World - Channel 4

Gentleman Jack - BBC One

Giri/Haji - BBC Two

Single drama

Brexit: The Uncivil War - Channel 4

Elizabeth Is Missing - BBC One

The Left Behind - BBC Three

Responsible Child - BBC Two


A Confession - ITV

Chernobyl - Sky Atlantic

The Victim - BBC One

The Virtues - Channel 4

Soap and continuing drama

Casualty - BBC One

Coronation Street - ITV

Emmerdale - ITV

Holby City - BBC One


Euphoria - Sky Atlantic

Succession - Sky Atlantic

Unbelievable - Netflix

When They See Us - Netflix

Entertainment programme

The Greatest Dancer - BBC One

The Rap Game UK - BBC Three

Strictly Come Dancing - BBC One

The Voice UK – ITV​

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme

The Graham Norton Show - BBC One

The Last Leg - Channel 4

The Ranganation - BBC Two

Taskmaster - Dave

Scripted comedy

Catastrophe - Channel 4

Derry Girls - Channel 4

Fleabag - BBC Three

Stath Lets Flats - Channel 4


Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back - Channel 4

The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan - BBC Two

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - BBC Two

Snackmasters - Channel 4

Must-see moment

Coronation Street, the death of Sinead Osborne – ITV

Fleabag, Confessional scene – BBC Three

Game of Thrones, Arya kills the Night King – Sky Atlantic

Gavin and Stacey, Nessa proposes to Smithy – BBC One

Line of Duty, John Corbett’s death – BBC One

Love Island, Michael recouples after Casa Amor – ITV2​

Current affairs

Growing up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids (Dispatches) – Channel 4

The Hunt for Jihadi John - Channel 4

Is Labour Anti-Semitic? (Panorama) – BBC One

Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Exposure) – ITV​

Single documentary

The Abused - Channel 5

David Harewood: Psychosis And Me - BBC Two

The Family Secret - Channel 4

The Last Survivors - BBC Two

Factual series

Crime and Punishment - Channel 4

Don’t F**K With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer - Netflix

Leaving Neverland - Channel 4

Our Dementia Choir With Vicky McClure - BBC One

Reality and constructed factual

Celebrity Gogglebox - Channel 4

Harry’s Heroes: The Full English - ITV

Race Across The World - BBC Two

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK - BBC Three

Specialist factual

8 Days: To The Moon And Back - BBC Two

Seven Worlds, One Planet - BBC One

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution - BBC Two

Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story - BBC Four

News coverage

Hong Kong Protests - Sky News

ITV News At Ten: Election Results - ITN/ITV

Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal (Newsnight) – BBC News/BBC Two

Victoria Derbyshire: Men Who Lost Loved Ones To Knife Crime - BBC News/BBC Two


2019 Rugby World Cup Final: England v South Africa - ITV

ICC Cricket World Cup Final - Sky Sports Cricket

Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019 Semi Final: England v USA - BBC One

Wimbledon 2019 Men’s Final - BBC One

Live event

Blue Planet Live - BBC One

Election 2019 Live: The Results - ITN/ITV

Glastonbury 2019 - BBC Two

Operation Live - Channel 5

Short-form programme

Anywhere But Westminster - The Guardian

Brain In Gear - BBC iPlayer

Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle - BBC Four

Toni_With_An_I (Born Digital: First Cuts) - BBC Four

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