The socially-distanced 2020 Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards actually managed to get a full show's worth of celebrity acceptance speeches — but it took quite a lot of effort!
Despite some questions from viewers who may have tuned in late, BAFTA TV Awards host Richard Ayoade actually explained how producers were able to get Strictly Come Dancing presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman to get accept the Lew Grade Award for Entertainment Programme, for example.
"Some nominees have recorded their acceptance speeches in advance without knowing whether they've won or not, allowing them to watch their own acceptance speech as it is broadcast live to the nation," he explained to viewers.
"I doubt if anyone in show business has ever dreamed that such multi-leveled, self-congratulation was even possible. Thank you, COVID-19."
However, not all nominees' speeches were recorded, as he explained: "Other nominees will be joining us live via Zoom, forcing me to maintain more eye contact than I'm comfortable with."
This live element led to some funny moments, like when The End of the F***ing World star Naomi Ackie's first reaction was to reach for her phone when she won Best Supporting Actress.
"Now is not the time to be texting," she was jokingly told by category presenter Himesh Patel.
BAFTA TV Awards pre-show presenter Emily Atack hinted at an unexpectedly lively ceremony last week when speaking to Digital Spy and other media.
"Obviously, it's not going to be the ceremony that we're all used to, but it'll still be a great night," Atack told us.
"I'm probably going to get a bit starstruck, to be honest, from seeing so many cool people."
The 2020 Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards aired on BBC One on Friday (July 31) at 7pm.
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