BBC BAFTA TV Awards backlash as results 'ruined' for millions of viewers

BAFTA TV Awards hosts Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan
BAFTA TV Awards hosts Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan -Credit:BBC

The BBC have come under fire from scores of viewers at home who have claimed that their enjoyment of the ceremony was 'ruined' by the fact that the broadcaster had released the results well in advance of them being revealed on screen.

Big names from all areas and genres of the TV industry descended on London's Royal Festival Hall as comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan took on hosting duties for the second year in succession. Some of the big talking points at this year's BAFTA TV Awards included the fact that Netflix hit Top Boy beat BBC juggernaut Happy Valley to the Drama prize, although the much loved show did win two accolades, including Sarah Lancashire for Leading Actress.

Other wins on the night came for the likes of Joe Lycett, who pipped Ant and Dec to Entertainment Performance, long running BBC drama Casualty, which took home Best Soap and The Sixth Commandment, as the true crime drama won Limited Drama Series and, one of its stars, Timothy Spall was a very deserving winner in the Leading Actor category.

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While there was little disagreement with this year's BAFTA TV Awards results, the gripe many viewers had with the BBC coverage was the fact that it was on a significant delay in contrast to when the trophies were actually being handed out. And with the BBC offering rolling online coverage of all the winners, as well as publishing breaking news updates, people found it hard to avoid spoilers.

The exact same complaints flooded in a few months ago, when the BBC aired coverage of this year's BAFTA Film awards, while sending news alerts on the winners before they were announced in their broadcast.