'Chernobyl' Dominates BAFTA TV Awards Nominations

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Lithuania doubled for Soviet-era Russia in HBO’s Chernobyl.

The hit HBO/Sky show landed 14 nominations across the TV and TV Craft awards, ahead of 'The Crown' with seven.

Chernobyl leads the pack of 2020 BAFTA TV nominations by a sizable stretch, having been shortlisted in 14 categories across both the TV and TV craft awards. 

Announced Thursday, nominations were also doled out to The Crown, with seven nominations, and six for both Fleabag and Girl/Haji. 

HBO/Sky's Chernobyl picked up nominations for best miniseries, leading actor (for Jared Harris) and supporting actor (for Stellan Skarsgard) as well as 11 on the TV craft side, including original music; production design; drama writing; and special, visual and graphic effects. The Crown's nominations included best drama series, supporting actor (Josh O'Conner) and supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and Fleabag saw both Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sian Clifford nominated for best female performance in a comedy series. 

Meanwhile, His Dark Materials and The Virtues landed five nominations, and Killing Eve, Sex Education and Top Boy got four each. 

In the performance categories, the level of diversity across the 2020 nominations rose considerably from 2019, with a 22 percent increase in nominees from BAME backgrounds. 

Both the BAFTA TV and BAFTA TV Craft ceremonies were due to take place in spring but were postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The TV craft awards will now be held July 17, hosted by Stephen Mangan — returning for a ninth consecutive year — and the TV awards will take place July 31, with Richard Ayoade performing hosting duties for the first time. 

In accordance with current coronavirus restrictions, both ceremonies will now take place as closed-studio, socially distanced shows, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually. 

See the main BAFTA TV nominations below:

Drama Series

The Crown
The End of the F***Ing World
Gentleman Jack

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Gbemisola Ikumelo, Famalam
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Sarah Kendall, Frayed
Sian Clifford, Fleabag


When They See Us

Leading Actor

Callum Turner, The Capture
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Stephen Graham, The Virtues
Takehiro Hira, Giri/Haji

Leading Actress

Glenda Jackson, Elizabeth Is Missing
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Samantha Morton, I Am Kirsty
Suranne Jones, Gentleman Jack

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Guz Khan, Man Like Mobeen
Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats
Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education
Youssef Kerkour, Home


A Confession
The Victim
The Virtue

Scripted Comedy

Derry Girls
Stath Lets Flats

Single Drama

Brexit: The Uncivil War
Elizabeth Is Missing
The Left Behind
Responsible Child

Supporting Actor

Joe Absolom, A Confession
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl
Will Sharpe, Giri/Haji

Supporting Actress

Helen Behan, The Virtues
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Jasmine Jobson, Top Boy
Naomi Ackie, The End of the F***Ing World