BBC Bafta TV Award viewers 'ball eyes out' as In Memoriam section remembers those we've lost

BAFTA TV Awards 2024
BAFTA TV Awards 2024 -Credit:BBC

Those tuning into the Bafta TV Awards 2024 were left 'balling their eyes out' over the In Memoriam section which remembered those we have lost both behind the camera and in front of it in the TV world in the last year.

It was a star-studded night in the capital as the stars of the small screen united in force as they headed to London's Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the best in TV from the past 12 months on Sunday (May 12) in a glamourous ceremony.

As the prestigious event began, actors and reality stars made their way down the carpet ahead of the award ceremony, posing for the camera under the Southbank's glistening sun and the event also saw Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan return as the hosts for the evening.

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As the awards ceremony got underway, the awards were being handed out thick and fast, with Strictly Come Dancing winning the Best Entertainment Bafta in its 20th year on the air while Mawaan Rizwan won the Bafta for Best Male Performance in a Comedy for his role in Juice and Oldham icon Sarah Lancashire has won the leading actress Bafta for Happy Valley.

But as many celebrated their wins, there was the emotional inclusion of the In Memoriam segment which included tributes to talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson, Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor, journalist Emily Morgan, Line Of Duty’s Brian McCardie, Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender, Lord Of The Rings actor Bernard Hill, newsreader George Alagiah and Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

Film and TV director Roy Battersby and Friends star Matthew Perry were also featured after criticism about their omission from the memorial section of the Bafta Film Awards in February.

Matthew Perry was among those remembered at the ceremony -Credit:BBC
Matthew Perry was among those remembered at the ceremony -Credit:BBC

Battersby, who won the Alan Clarke Award for outstanding contribution to television in 1996 and died in January aged 87, was honoured after his actress stepdaughter Kate Beckinsale publicly called for his inclusion. Sunday night’s segment concluded with Perry, who died aged 54 in October, and who also starred in films including Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yard and its sequel, The Whole Ten Yards, and 17 Again (2009).

Following the moving tribute, viewers flocked to social media to share how they were in tears as they were reminded of Perry's loss. @bobislalala said: "#BAFTATVAwards I balled my eyes out a Matthew Perry The joey hugging chandler scene GOT ME." @faithbxx commented: "Weeping again at the loss of Matthew Perry. Absolutely irreplaceable. There could never be a more perfect Chandler Bing #BAFTATVAwards."

@LouiseLacy posted: "Still can't believe Matthew is no longer with us. He still makes me laugh every single day though. #BAFTATVAwards." @Mofoman360 shared: "#BAFTATVAwards #Baftas #baftas2024 That Matthew Perry Moment had me in tears RiP Matthew we miss you." @kayp22 added: "Oh god the Matthew Perry tribute just hit me hard #BAFTATVAwards."