Babies, fast food production, genealogy and family dynamics proved to be the hot themes for factual this year in the UK, at least according to the nominations for the TV component of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (or, more simply put, the BAFTAS), announced this week.
In the Factual category, Dragonfly Productions will be competing against itself with two Channel 4-commissioned, fly-on-the-wall series nominated – The Family and One Born Every Minute. Also up for a BAFTA in the category is Blood, Sweat and Takeaways from Ricochet for BBC Three, which documented the discoveries of six young adults as they get shipped off to Southeast Asia to learn about how some of their favorite fast food is produced. Rounding out the category is Wall to Wall’s smash genealogy series for BBC One, Who Do You Think You Are?.
BBC Productions dominated in the Specialist Factual category, with Art of Russia, Chemistry: A Volatile History and Yellowstone all up for an award. The sole Channel 4 entry, Inside Nature’s Giants, was produced for the pubcaster by Windfall Films.
In the Single Documentary category, C4′s Katie: My Beautiful Face (produced by Mentorn) and Tsunami: Caught on Camera (produced by Darlow Smithson Productions) are up against two BBC Productions docs: Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles and Wounded. The Features category includes The Choir: Unsung Town (Twenty Twenty Television for BBC Two); Heston’s Feast (Optomen Television for Channel 4); James May’s Toy Stories (Plum Pictures for BBC Two) and Masterchef: The Professionals (Shine Television for BBC Two).
Two installments of C4′s ‘Dispatches’ were nominated in the Current Affairs category: Terror in Mumbai (produced by Quicksilver Media) and Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines (produced by Clover Films). BBC Current Affairs’ Generation Jihad and Gypsy Child Thieves from ‘This World’ round out the category.
Not too many surprises in the Entertainment Programme category, with Britain’s Got Talent (Talkback Thames for ITV1), Harry Hill’s TV Burp (Avalon Television for ITV1), The Graham Norton Show (So Television for BBC One) and Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (Zeppotron for BBC Four) nominated.
Last but not least, the New Media category sees another nod towards One Born Every Minute via its Life Begins site (produced by Airlock and Dragonfly for Channel4.com). Also up for a BAFTA in the category are Antony Gormley’s One & Other (Headshift for Sky Arts), Primeval Evolved (Hoodlum and impossible Pictures for ITV1 and ITV.com) and the open source BBC doc series Virtual Revolution (BBC Productions for BBC Two).