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The British Academy Television Awards, also known as the BAFTAs or, to differentiate them from the BAFTA Film Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards, are the most prestigious awards given in the British television industry, analogous to the Emmy Awards in the United States. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, they have been awarded annually since 1954. An Emmy Award. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Background

The first ever Awards, given in 1954, consisted of six categories. Until 1997, the BAFTA Film and Television awards were presented in one joint ceremony known simply as the BAFTA Awards, but in order to streamline the ceremonies from 1998 onwards they were split in two. The Television Awards are usually presented in April, with a separate ceremony in May for the Television Craft Awards. The Craft Awards are presented for more technical areas of the industry, such as special effects, production design, or costumes.


The Awards are only open to British programmes, but any cable, satellite, terrestrial or digital television stations broadcasting in the UK are eligible to submit entries, as are independent production companies who have produced programming for the channels. Individual performances, such as from actors, can either be entered by the performers themselves or by the broadcasters. The programmes being entered must have been broadcast on or between January 1 and December 31 of the year preceeding the Awards ceremony (so, between January 1 and December 31 2004 for the 2005 Awards). Entry is free, and entry forms are made available between October and December each year. Jump to: navigation, search Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted directly to people’s... Jump to: navigation, search Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites in highly-elliptical (with inclination of +/-63. ... Analog television encodes picture information by varying the voltages and/or frequency of the signal. ... Digital television (DTV) uses digital modulation and compression to broadcast video, audio and data signals to television sets. ... Jump to: navigation, search January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


After all the entries have been received, they are voted for online by all eligible members of the Academy. The programmes and performances attracting the most votes, usually four in each category, are shortlisted as the nominees for each award. The winner is chosen from the four nominees by a special jury of nine academy members for each award, the members of each jury selected by the Academy's Television Committee. Each jury is designed to have a balance in areas such as sex, age and experience, and have experience related to the categories concerned but no direct connections to the short-listed programmes or performers. Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ...


There are also a number of non-competitive honorary Awards — the Dennis Potter Award for Outstanding Writing for Television; the Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television; the Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Presenter in the Factual Arena; the Fellowship for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to television across their careers, and various Special Awards given on an ad hoc basis. These Awards are suggested by the Television Committee and awarded by the Academy's Council. They are not necessarily always given every year, but as and when approproate. Dennis Christopher George Potter (May 17, 1935 – June 7, 1994) was a controversial English dramatist who is best known for several widely acclaimed television dramas which mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social. ... See also Alan Clark, Allan Clarke. ... Richard Dimbleby (May 25, 1913–December 22, 1965) was a British journalist and broadcaster. ... Ad hoc is a Latin phrase which means for this [purpose]. It generally signifies a solution that has been tailored to a specific purpose, such as a tailor-made suit, a handcrafted network protocol, and specific-purpose equation and things like that. ...


The Awards ceremony is broadcast on British television, usually the day after it has taken place. Transmission alternates each year between the two main UK television channels, BBC One and ITV1. BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest television station in the world. ... ITV1 is a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ...


Categories

As of 2005, the main competitive Award categories presented every year are: Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Comedy (Programme or Series)
  • Best Comedy Performance
  • Best Drama Serial
    • A drama where one main story is told across more than one episode, and the story is resolved in the final episode.
  • Best Drama Series
    • A drama which consists of several episodes, but each episode tells a self-contained story, with the same characters continuing across the episodes.
  • Best Single Drama
    • A drama where one self-contained story is told in a single one-off episode, equivalent to a television movie. The minimum length is five minutes.
  • Best Continuing Drama
    • A drama which transmits a minimum of twenty episodes per year. The nominees are typically soap operas.
  • Best Current Affairs
    • The entered programme can be a one-off or part of a series, but if part of a series the same episode may not also be entered in another category.
  • Best Entertainment Performance
  • Best Factual Series or Strand
  • Best Feature
    • For programmes not included in any other category, for example cookery, gardening, lifestyle or discussion programmes.
  • Flaherty Award for Single Documentary
    • For a one-off documentary not presented as part of a regular series. Entered programmes cannot also be entered in any other category.
  • Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual
    • Awarded to Arts, History, Natural History or Science one-offs or series, either factual or performance-based. Entered programmes cannot also be entered in any other category.
  • Lew Grade Entertainment Programme or Series
    • Includes variety shows, game shows, quizzes, chat shows and other similar programming.
  • News Coverage
    • For an individual news programme in its entirety, or up to one hour's unedited material from a rolling news channel.
  • Situation Comedy Award
  • Sport
    • For a sports programme, as transmitted.
  • The Pioneer Award
    • Given to programme makers who have achieved success by novel or pioneering approaches. The short-list for this award is prepared by a vote of national television critics, and the winner voted for by the general public, the only BAFTA Television Award given in such a manner.

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See also

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External links

  • Official site at BAFTA.org

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British Academy Television Awards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (799 words)
The British Academy Television Awards, also known as the BAFTAs — or, to differentiate them from the BAFTA Film Awards, the BAFTA Television Awards — are the most prestigious awards given in the British television industry, analogous to the Emmy Awards in the United States.
The Television Awards are usually presented in April, with a separate ceremony in May for the Television Craft Awards.
The short-list for this award is prepared by a vote of national television critics, and the winner voted for by the general public, the only BAFTA Television Award given in such a manner.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (754 words)
It has also resulted in high credibility and prestige attaching to BAFTA awards which, though not as influential as the American Academy Awards, are increasingly seen as enhancing the subsequent commercial success of films and programmes.
Televising of the Award Ceremony in Britain is a media event second only to that for the Oscars, and keeps BAFTA awards in the public eye.
Television awards are primarily devoted to British television, although there is a category for the best programme not in English and for Best Foreign Television.
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