BAFTA TV Awards viewers make unusual complaint as they're divided over Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan host the BAFTA TV Awards 2024
Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan host the BAFTA TV Awards 2024 -Credit:BBC

Viewers of the BAFTA Television Awards were quick to make an unusual complaint as they reacted to the opening moments of the latest televised ceremony. The star-studded prestigious event began at the Royal Festival Hall, actors and reality stars made their way down the carpet ahead of the award ceremony later on Sunday (May 12).

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan were once again the hosts of the evening and kicked off the annual awards bash by issuing stern instructions to the celebrity audience.

Rob started by saying: "We are back for a second year as hosts. There were a few mistakes made last year so if you win, we love a good acceptance speech – but keep it tight." Romesh continued: "Actually don’t say anything at all.

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"Producers, you can come up to the stage if you must, but please stand at the back and let the famous people talk. To the actors, it’s impossible to ‘fall in love with a script’ – you read it, you liked it and thought it would make you some money." Rob added: "If you have got to make a political point remember we have got to follow you, so keep it light."

But those tuning in to the BAFTA TV coverage on BBC One were quickly left unimpressed as they spotted the same issue. @MJW_F1 complained: "The lighting is shockingly bad. The jokes are even worse. Time to switch over #BAFTATVAwards." @BriefcaseMike said: "It gets worse. Beckett is frequently standing in Ranganathan's shadow. Sack the lighting designer... #BAFTATVAwards."

And while Rob and Romesh's hosting return did cause a divide, many were quick to praise the pair. @rosecoloredchar shared: "Bloody love Rob & Romesh. They are great #BAFTATVAwards hosts!" @smw_86 posted: "Rob & Romesh already killing it Awesome! #BAFTATVAwards." @ashloujones added: "Yes!! Love rob and romesh, they crack me up! #baftatvawards."