British Academy TV Awards 2017 Odds
BAFTA awards are considered one of the most influential awards in the world of entertainment, both TV and movie industry. Movie awards are right on top with the Academy awards and Golden Globes, with BAFTA taking place right in-between those two ceremonies. BAFTA (short for British Academy for Television Awards) also celebrates achievements in Television, which is the equivalent of Emmy awards in the United States. To separate them from movie awards, the award goes by the name of BAFTA Television awards.
The awards take place every year and the 2017 edition will take place on May 14th. The awards are reserved for TV Program broadcasted in the UK television, with an exception of one category (international). The categories for which the awards is being given ranges from actor and actress in main and supporting roles, best comedy, drama and entertainment programs etc. BBC network usually dominates the awards, with their one-four channels, but we also see Channel 4 making their television products take part.
BAFTA Television awards candidates usually play a important role in the American television as well. In the 2016 ceremony, miniseries Wolf Hall by BBC won best drama and best actor for Mark Rylance, who won the Oscar that year as well, with his performance in Bridge of Spies. The show was a great success in the States as well receiving eight Emmy nominations in 2015 and even winning a Golden Globe for Best TV movie or Mini-series in 2016.
For 2017 awards, series like the Night Manager would have been considered for top prizes, but the rule now says that 50% of the funding must come from the UK to be qualified for the award. This way, this highly acclaimed award show with Tom Hiddleston would have to go to international category, which is a relief for other participants. Highly acclaimed TV-show “The Crown” is still in debate, which practically ousted the Golden Globes this year with two major awards.
One of the expected candidates for top prizes at the 2017 ceremony will be Call the Midwife, a great period piece aired on BBC one. The series has been praised before but have not won awards at BAFTA Television awards. Another series capable of achieving results is the police drama series Line of Duty. It received much praise for the 2016 edition and we can see it notching a few awards. Sherlock made a much-anticipated return in 2016, but we will see whether it qualifies for the award or not.
For entertainment section, Bake off will probably go home with multiple awards, being the most watched TV program of 2016.