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“Ambulance,” “Being Mum & Dad” take BAFTA TV awards

Ambulance and Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad were among the factual and documentary projects to take top honors at the BAFTA Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards.  The awards were hosted ...
May 14, 2018

Ambulance and Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad were among the factual and documentary projects to take top honors at the BAFTA Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards. 

The awards were hosted at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday (May 13).

Dragonfly’s ride-along docuseries Ambulance for BBC1 received the BAFTA for Factual Series, while Only The Best Productions’ Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad (pictured), also for BBC1, walked away with the Single Documentary award.

The BAFTA for Entertainment Program, meanwhile, went to Britain’s Got Talent, from Thames and Syco Entertainment for ITV, while ITV Studios and Motion Content Group’s Love Island for ITV2
was presented with the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual.

Taking home the BAFTA in the Features category was Channel 5′s Cruising with Jane McDonald from Elephant House Studios. The award marks Channel 5′s first BAFTA win since 2011.

Finally, Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment – as voted for by the public – went to BBC1′s natural history juggernaut Blue Planet II for the “Mother Pilot Whale Grieves” scene, beating out such programs as police procedural Line Of Duty, reality series Love Island, one-off special One Love Manchester and scripted behemoth Game of Thrones.

For the full list of television winners, visit the BAFTA Awards website. Non-scripted nominees and winners (in bold) follow below:

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Raped: My Story – Lambent Productions / Channel 5
Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad (Dispatches) – Afshar Films / Channel 4
*Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets (Panorama) – BBC Current Affairs / BBC1
White Right: Meeting The Enemy (Exposure) – Fuuse Films / Itv

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE
Adam Hills The Last Leg – Open Mike Productions / Channel 4
*Graham Norton The Graham Norton Show – So Television / BBC1
Michael McIntyre Michael McIntyre’s Big Show – Hungry McBear / BBC1
Sandi Toksvig QI – QI Ltd / Talkback Thames / BBC2

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV Studios / Mitre Television / ITV
*Britain’s Got Talent – Thames / Syco / ITV
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show – Hungry McBear / BBC1
The Voice UK – ITV Studios / Talpa / ITV

FACTUAL SERIES
*Ambulance – Dragonfly / BBC1
Catching A Killer – True Vision / Channel 4
Drugsland – BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions Open University / BBC3
Hospital – Label1 / BBC2

FEATURES
Antiques Roadshow – BBC Studios’ Unscripted Productions / BBC1
*Cruising With Jane McDonald – Elephant House Studios / Channel 5
No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? – Outline Productions / BBC2
The Secret Life Of The Zoo – Blast! Films / Channel 4

LIVE EVENT
ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results – ITN / ITV
One Love Manchester – BBC Studios / SB Projects / BBC1
Wild Alaska Live – BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit / PBS / BBC1
*World War One Remembered: Passchendaele – BBC Studios / BBC2

REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
Celebrity Hunted – Shine TV / Channel 4
*Love Island – ITV Studios / Motion Content Group / ITV2
Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds – CPL Productions / Channel 4
The Real Full Monty – Spun Gold TV / ITV

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY
Chris Packham: Asperger’s And Me – Raw TV / BBC2
Louis Theroux, Talking To Anorexia – BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit / BBC2
One Deadly Weekend In America – Voltage TV Productions / BBC3
*Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad – Only The Best Productions / BBC1

SPECIALIST FACTUAL
*Basquiat – Rage To Riches – BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit / BBC2
Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Wall to Wall Media / BBC2
Blue Planet II – BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit / BBC Worldwide / Open University / WDR / BBC America / Tencent / France Televisions / CCTV9 / BBC1
Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents – 72 Films / BBC2

VIRGIN TV’S MUST-SEE MOMENT
*Blue Planet II Mother Pilot Whale Grieves – BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit / BBC Worldwide / Open University / WDR / BBC America / Tencent / France Televisions / CCTV9 / BBC1
Doctor Who The 13th Doctor Revealed – BBC Studios Drama / BBC1
Game Of Thrones Viserion is Killed by the Night King – HBO Programming / Bighead, Littlehead / Television 360 / Startling Television / Sky Atlantic
Line Of Duty Huntley’s Narrow Escape – World Productions / BBC1
Love Island Stormzy Makes a Surprise Appearance – ITV Studios / Motion Content Group / ITV
One Love Manchester Ariana Grande Sings ‘One Last Time’ – BBC Studios / SB Projects / BBC1

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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