The BAFTA TV Awards 2021 were dubbed to be one for the history books, as stars who are unable to attend were beamed onto the red carpet in ‘hologram’ form.
Only their faces were visible through a cut-out hole, with their body replaced by a 2D image of a sparkling digital red outfit – as the ceremony scales down attendance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual: Hollyoaks’ Richard Blackwood, 49, was one of the absent stars appearing on the BAFTA red carpet as a ‘hologram’ for Sunday night’s event
Hollyoaks’ Richard, 49, and Coronation Street’s Shelley, 65, were among the stars who appeared in ‘hologram’ form on the red carpet.
Richard, who portrays Felix Westwood in the Channel 4 soap, was seen through a hole for his face on screen as he chatted to ceremony hosts Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope.
He was digitally dressed in a red tuxedo as well as a digitally projected hairstyle, that made it appear as if he had straight, black combed hair.
Hosts Stacey, 34, and Vick, 31, also introduced members of the public to celebrities after fans were selected to appear on screen to be beamed onto the BAFTA red carpet.
Red carpet: The star, who portrays Felix Westwood in the Channel 4 soap, was seen through a hole for his face on screen as he chatted to hosts Stacey Dooley, 34, and Vick Hope, 31 (left)
Hologram vs reality: His body replaced by a 2D image of a digital red tuxedo as well as a digital hairstyle, that made it appear as if he had straight, black hair (pictured, right, in real life)
The BAFTA fans were invited to chat to and ask a question to their favourite celebrities who were actually at the socially distanced ceremony, with a video of the interaction being sent to the fan after.
They were able to speak to stars including Diversity’s Ashley Banjo and professional dancer Oti Mabuse.
They also met RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars Bimini Bon Boulash, Lawrence Chaney and A’Whora.
Of her red carpet role, Vick revealed last week: ‘If you’re anything like me, over the last year your WhatsApp groups will have been nonstop about a recent episode or moment in the latest TV drama, documentary, reality or even cooking show.
E-meet-and-greet: Stacey introduced fans to celebs after they were selected to be beamed onto the BAFTA red carpet (Pictured: Diversity’s Ashley Banjo meeting a fan)
Face-to-face: The BAFTA fans were invited to chat to and ask a question to their favourite celebrities including professional dancer Oti Mabuse (pictured second from the left)
Big fans: They also met RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars Bimini Bon Boulash, Lawrence Chaney and A’Whora (pictured, left)
‘It’s made me fall in love with TV all over again, and it’s because of this that I think that the Virgin Media BAFTAs feels extra special this year.
‘To be able to chat directly with the TV fans who have voted for their favourite Must-See Moment nominee and connect them to their favourite stars via holograms live on the red carpet will be a unique, once in a lifetime experience.
‘I’m so excited to bring a bit of this magic to the fans at home, it’s going to be an emotional one.’
COVID-19 restrictions mean TV fans weren’t able to be in attendance on the red carpet as usual this year and some nominees couldn’t attend because of filming bubbles.
All content was captured by a live stream camera and enabled everyone at home to see the action unfold from the comfort of their living room.
Hosting duties: Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards was hosted by comedian Richard Ayoade (pictured) and featured performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench
Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards celebrated and rewarded the very best programmes and performances of 2020.
The evening was hosted by Richard Ayoade and featured performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench
While Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Bill Bailey, Jon Snow, Oti Mabuse, Rob Beckett, Rose Matafeo, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Zawe Ashton acted as presenters.
Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – appeared via video call during the ceremony.
Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, won two more BAFTAs on Sunday, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel.
The drama series follows a woman who seeks to rebuild her life after a sexual assault.
Winner: Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, won two more BAFTAs on Sunday, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel (pictured middle)
Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega (left) and Letitia Wright (right) led the nominations with 15 nods, with Malachi Kirby winning on the night for his performance in the Supporting Actor category
Elsewhere, the Leading Actor award was won by first-time nominee Paul Mescal for his performance as Connell in Normal People.
Malachi Kirby, another first-time winner, won for his performance in Small Axe in the Supporting Actor category. Small Axe had led this year’s nominations with 15 nods.
And Small Axe – which features five films that tell stories about lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s – also picked up two Leading Actor nominations with John Boyega and Shaun Parkes both receiving nods.
Rakie Ayola also won her first BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her performance in Anthony.
Another first-time nominee, Aimee Lou Wood scooped a gong in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing Aimee Gibbs in Sex Education.
Coming-of-age drama: First-time nominee Paul Mescal scooped the gong for Leading Actor for his performance as Connell in Normal People (pictured with co-star Daisy Edgar Jones)
Emotional: The actor, 25, fought back tears after taking to the stage to accept the prize, following the huge success of Normal People during the first weeks of the Covid lockdown
In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations – four for TV and six for the craft categories – including a nod for the Drama Series accolade
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme was awarded to Charlie Cooper for his performance in This Country.
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan received the BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for The Ranganation.
Save Me Too received the BAFTA for Drama Series and Sitting in Limbo won for Single Drama.
The Big Narstie Show won Comedy Entertainment Programme, its first win following its previous nomination in 2019. And the BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Life & Rhymes while Scripted Comedy was awarded to Inside No 9.
Tough competition: Jodie Comer (left in Killing Eve) went head-to-head with Billie Piper (right in I Hate Suzie) for Leading Actress however it was Michaela Coel who won
The School That Tried to End Racism received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual. Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace won in the Features category. They Saw the Sun First won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.
Casualty was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama, its first since 2018. The Great House Giveaway won the BAFTA in the new Daytime category.
News Coverage was awarded to Sky News’ Inside Idlib, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to America’s War on Abortion (Exposure). International was awarded to Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville).
Once Upon a Time in Iraq received the BAFTA for Factual Series, Locked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) won Single Documentary and The Surgeon’s Cut won Specialist Factual.
Achievement: Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) won the BAFTA Television Awards 2021’s Must-See Moment award
Drama: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist however lost out on the night to Diversity’s BGT routine
England V West Indies Test Cricket triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to Springwatch 2020.
And Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was scooped by Britain’s Got Talent for the moment when Diversity performed a routine inspired by the events of 2020.
The category also saw nods to Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton and when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season.
BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Winners
GANGS OF LONDON
I HATE SUZIE
SAVE ME TOO – WINNER
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
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
KUNAL NAYYAR – Criminal: UK
MALACHI KIRBY – Small Axe – WINNER
MICHAEL SHEEN – Quiz
MICHEAL WARD – Small Axe
RUPERT EVERETT – Adult Material
TOBIAS MENZIES – The Crown
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
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
CHARLIE BROOKER’S ANTIVIRAL WIPE
ROB & ROMESH VS Jack Shillaker
THE BIG NARSTIE SHOW – WINNER
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
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
I MAY DESTROY YOU – WINNER
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)
JIMMY MCGOVERN’S MOVING ON
RICHARD OSMAN’S HOUSE OF GAMES
THE GREAT HOUSE GIVEAWAY – WINNER
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
ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY
LIFE & RHYMES – WINNER
STRICTLY COME DANCING
THE MASKED SINGER
CRIME & PUNISHMENT
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
BBC NEWS AT TEN: PRIME MINISTER ADMITTED TO INTENSIVE CARE
CHANNEL 4 NEWS: DETERRING DEMOCRACY
NEWSNIGHT: COVID CARE CRISIS
SKY NEWS: INSIDE IDLIB – WINNER
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS
RACE ACROSS THE WORLD
THE SCHOOL THAT TRIED TO END RACISM – WINNER
THE WRITE OFFS
BBW (ON THE EDGE)
SITTING IN LIMBO – WINNER
THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
CASUALTY – WINNER
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA: THE GAY PURGE (STORYVILLE) – WINNER
LIFE DRAWING LIVE!
SPRINGWATCH – WINNER
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE
THE THIRD DAY: AUTUMN Production Team
INSIDE NO. 9 – WINNER
MAN LIKE MOBEEN
SHORT FORM PROGRAMME
DISABLED NOT DEFEATED: THE ROCK BANS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES – DELTA 7
THE MAIN PART
THEY SAW THE SUN FIRST – WINNER
AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR
ANTON FERDINAND: FOOTBALL, RACISM & ME
LOCKED IN: BREAKING THE SILENCE (STORYVILLE) – WINNER
VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)
BRIDGERTON – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the 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