67th British Academy Television Awards
Date6 June 2021
Hosted byRichard Ayoade
Best Comedy SeriesInside No. 9
Best DramaSave Me Too
Best ActorPaul Mescal
Normal People
Best ActressMichaela Coel
I May Destroy You
Best Comedy Performance
Most awardsI May Destroy You (2)
Most nominationsSmall Axe (6)
Television coverage
ChannelBBC One

The 2021 British Academy Television Awards were held on 6 June 2021, to recognise the excellence in British television of 2020. The nominees were announced along with the nominees for the 2021 British Academy Television Craft Awards on 28 April 2021, while the shortlist for the Virgin Media Must-See-Moment were announced the day before, on 27 April 2021.[1][2] The ceremony was hosted for the second year in a row by Richard Ayoade.[3]

The only television programme to win multiple awards at the ceremony was I May Destroy You, with star and creator Michaela Coel collecting both Best Miniseries and Best Actress.

Rule and award changes

In October 2020, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced several changes in its rules and categories, both to achieve a wider variety of nominees and in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the television industry:[1][4][5]

BAFTA suspended its Fellowship and Special Awards while reviewing its selection processes, after facing criticism for honouring Noel Clarke in April 2021 despite being aware of misconduct allegations against him.[6]

Winners and nominees


Paul Mescal, Best Actor winner
Michaela Coel, Best Actress winner and Best Mini-Series co-winner
Aimee Lou Wood, Best Female Comedy Performance winner
Romesh Ranganathan, Best Entertainment Performance winner
Best Drama Series Best Mini-Series
Best Single Drama Best Soap and Continuing Drama
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Male Comedy Performance Best Female Comedy Performance
Best Scripted Comedy Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
Best Entertainment Performance Lew Grade Award for Entertainment Programme
Best Factual Series or Strand Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual
  • Once Upon a Time in Iraq (BBC Two)
    • Crime and Punishment (Channel 4)
    • Hospital (BBC Two)
    • Losing it: Our Metal Health Emergency (Channel 4)
Robert Flaherty Award for Single Documentary Best Feature
Best Reality and Constructed Factual Best Live Event
Best News Coverage Best Current Affairs
Best Daytime Best Short Form Programme
  • They Saw the Sun First (Red Bull TV)
    • Criptales (BBC Four)
    • Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities (Vice/Noisey)
    • The Main Part (BBC iPlayer)
Best International Programme Virgin TV's Must-See Moment
  • Britain's Got Talent – "Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020" (ITV)
    • Bridgerton – "Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown" (Netflix)
    • EastEnders – "Gray kills Chantelle" (BBC One)
    • Gogglebox – "Reactions to Boris Johnson's press conference" (Channel 4)
    • The Mandalorian – "Luke Skywalker appears" (Disney+)
    • Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat – "Mee-cro-wah-vay" (BBC Two)
Best Sport


The ceremony had a traditional red carpet, and nominees could attend via video or in-person. They sat in the venue in socially-distanced groups by television programme. Some award presenters, like Bob Mortimer and Catherine Zeta-Jones, also presented virtually.[6][9] Tom Allen and AJ Odudu hosted red carpet coverage.[9]

To open the ceremony, Olly Alexander performed "Starstruck"; the performance was outside the venue. Alexander also presented an award with It's a Sin co-star Lydia West. During the ceremony, Alexis Ffrench performed a piano version of "Bluebird" for the In Memoriam.[9]

The public vote for the "Must-See Moment" awarded dance troupe Diversity performing a routine based on the Black Lives Matter movement; the performance was conversely also the most complained-about television moment of the year. Lead dancer Ashley Banjo said that the award win "is what change looks like", as many of the complaints had been racially-charged.[6] In accepting her award for Best Actress for I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel, who had created the show based on things that had happened to her, spoke about the importance of intimacy coordinators.[6]

In entertainment programming, the spoken word show Life & Rhymes was considered a surprise win, competing in a category against programmes the BBC described as "heavyweights", as was entertainment performance winner Romesh Ranganathan.[6]

In Memoriam


Viewers commented on the lack of presence of Dame Barbara Windsor's name; BAFTA responded that she had been included in the In Memoriam of the Film Awards ceremony in April.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Martin identifies as non-binary.


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