I May Destroy You leads the BAFTA TV Award 2021 winners

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The BAFTA TV Awards 2021 have been announced with I May Destroy You leading the winners' list with two wins.

The BBC series, which follows a young woman who attempts to rebuild her life after being raped, won Best Mini Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel, though despite all the success on the night, Coel confirmed there will be no second season.

The awards were shared out across the board, with Aimee Lou Wood taking home Female Performance In A Comedy Programme for her role as Aimee Gibbs on Netflix's Sex Education, and Paul Mescal won the Leading Actor award for his performance in Normal People.

Photo credit: Jon Hall/Netflix
Photo credit: Jon Hall/Netflix

Other winners included Britain's Got Talent – Diversity's Black Lives Matter performance, Inside No 9 and Small Axe.

Hosted by Richard Ayoade, the socially-distanced audience consisted of some of the nominees and winners, with the rest joining on Zoom – a huge step up from last year's completely virtual event.

Here's the full list of nominees and winners:

Drama Series

  • Gangs Of London

  • I Hate Suzie

  • Save Me Too – WINNER

  • The Crown

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Comedy Entertainment Programme

  • Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

  • Rob & Romesh Vs

  • The Big Narstie Show – WINNER

  • The Ranganation

Entertainment Performance

  • Adam Hills – The Last Leg

  • Bradley Walsh – Beat The Chasers

  • Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing

  • David Mitchell – Would I Lie To You? At Christmas

  • Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

  • Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation - WINNER

Entertainment Programme

  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

  • Life & Rhymes – WINNER

  • Strictly Come Dancing

  • The Masked Singer

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Factual Series

  • Crime & Punishment

  • Hospital

  • Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency

  • Once Upon A Time In Iraq – WINNER


  • Big Zuu's Big Eats

  • Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace – WINNER

  • Mortimer And Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

  • The Repair Shop

Leading Actress

  • Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie

  • Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People

  • Hayley Squires – Adult Material

  • Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

  • Letitia Wright – Small Axe

  • Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You – WINNER

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

  • Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education – WINNER

  • Daisy Haggard – Breeders

  • Daisy May Cooper – This Country

  • Emma Mackey – Sex Education

  • Gbemisola Ikumelo – Famalam

  • Mae Martin – Feel Good


  • Little America

  • Lovecraft Country

  • Unorthodox

  • Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville) – WINNER

Leading Actor

  • John Boyega – Small Axe

  • Josh O'Connor – The Crown

  • Paapa Essiedu – I May Destroy You

  • Paul Mescal – Normal People – WINNER

  • Shaun Parkes – Small Axe

  • Waleed Zuaiter – Baghdad Central

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Live Event

  • Life Drawing Live!

  • Springwatch 2020 – WINNER

  • The Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance

  • The Third Day: Autumn

News Coverage

  • BBC News At Ten: Prime Minister Admitted To Intensive Care

  • Channel 4 News: Deterring Democracy

  • Newsnight: Covid Care Crisis

  • Sky News: Inside Idlib - WINNER

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

  • Charlie Cooper – This Country – WINNER

  • Guz Khan – Man Like Mobeen

  • Joseph Gilgun – Brassic

  • Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education

  • Paul Ritter – Friday Night Dinner

  • Reece Shearsmith – Inside No 9

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Mini Series

  • Adult Material

  • I May Destroy You – WINNER

  • Normal People

  • Small Axe

Reality & Constructed Factual

  • Masterchef: The Professionals

  • Race Across The World

  • The School That Tried To End Racism – WINNER

  • The Write Offs

Supporting Actor

  • Kunal Nayyar – Criminal: UK

  • Malachi Kirby – Small Axe – WINNER

  • Michael Sheen – Quiz

  • Micheal Ward – Small Axe

  • Rupert Everett – Adult Material

  • Tobias Menzies – The Crown

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Scripted Comedy

  • Ghosts

  • Inside No 9 – WINNER

  • Man Like Mobeen

  • This Country

Short Form Programme

  • Criptales

  • Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band With Learning Disabilities

  • The Main Part

  • They Saw The Sun First – WINNER

Soap & Continuing Drama

  • Casualty – WINNER

  • Coronation Street

  • EastEnders

  • Hollyoaks

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Supporting Actress

  • Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

  • Leila Farzad – I Hate Suzie

  • Rakie Ayola – Anthony – WINNER

  • Siena Kelly – Adult Material

  • Sophie Okonedo – Criminal: UK

  • Weruche Opia – I May Destroy You

Current Affairs

  • America's War On Abortion (Exposure) – WINNER

  • Italy's Frontline: A Doctor's Diary

  • The Battle For Hong Kong (Dispatches)

  • The Cyprus Papers Undercover (Al Jazeera Investigations)

Virgin Media's Must-See Moment (voted for by the public)

  • Bridgerton – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown

  • Britain's Got Talent – Diversity perform routine inspired by events of 2020 – WINNER

  • EastEnders – Gray kills Chantelle

  • Gogglebox – reactions to Boris Johnson's press conference

  • Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat – Mee-Cro-Wah-Vay

  • The Mandalorian – Luke Skywalker arrives


  • Bahrain Grand Prix

  • England v France: The Final Of Autumn Nations Cup

  • England v West Indies Test Cricket – WINNER

  • London Marathon 2020

Specialist Factual

  • Extinction: The Facts

  • Putin: A Russian Spy Story

  • The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty

  • The Surgeon's Cut – WINNER

Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dave J Hogan - Getty Images


  • Jimmy McGovern's Moving On

  • Richard Osman's House Of Games

  • The Chase

  • The Great House Giveaway – WINNER

Single Documentary

  • American Murder: The Family Next Door

  • Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism & Me

  • Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville) – WINNER

  • Surviving Covid

Single Drama

  • Anthony

  • BBW (On The Edge)

  • Sitting In Limbo – WINNER

  • The Windermere Children

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards aired on BBC One.

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