Wales scores Bafta success
Wales has picked up a sensational 42 nominations for the Bafta Cymru
awards, the industry awards for television and film in Wales, it
was announced today.
Wales programmes are represented in 27 of the 33 categories, dominating
in drama, documentary, promotions and screenwriting.
magistrates' court drama, The Bench, first aired in October 2001
and with a second series currently showing every Friday evening
on BBC ONE Wales, is proposed for five awards, including best drama
series, best screenwriter in Catherine Tregenna, and best drama
director. Hayden Pearce, who created a life-size magistrates court
in an industrial unit near Newport, is nominated for Best Design.
drama Y Twr, made by BBC Wales for S4C, is also widely tipped for
an award, with Huw Garmon and Betsan Llwyd nominated as best actor
and actress for their roles in the Gwenlan Parry play, also up for
Best Drama. The latter category also includes the footballing drama
Score, whose writer Jason Sutton is nominated as Best Screenwriter
with Bob Pugh, who played visionary football manager Brian, as Best
Actor. Eve Myles, who also starred in Score, is nominated as Best
Actress for her role as cantankerous Ceri in the hit BBC Wales series
documentaries, the acclaimed Ellen MacArthur: Sailing Through Heaven
and Hell, which captured the intrepid sailor's round the world voyage
on camera, is up for three awards including Best Director (non-drama)
and Best Documentary, a category which includes only BBC Wales programmes.
Scott Gibbs Out On His Own, a portrait of the private man, is also
nominated as is Do Not Go Gentle, a look at what Dylan Thomas's
famous poem means to different people. The latter two are also nominated
for best camerawork (non-drama).
second category in which only BBC Wales has made the grade is Best
Promotion, where BBC Wales' team of Phillip Moss and Dylan Griffith
take all three nominations for their Six Nations, Wales v England
Sports Personality of the Year and Pop Factory trails.
2W, a dedicated service of Welsh peak-time programming on digital
BBC TWO Wales, is already scoring Bafta success despite being just
six months old. Its launch event - Tom Jones Live at Cardiff Castle
- is nominated as Best Music Programme, and for Best Sound and Best
Live Coverage. The BBC 2W series Hot Houses, which gave a guide
to what was hot and what was not in the property market, is nominated
as Best Magazine/Feature Programme.
Wales' current affairs teams are also nominated for their work.
Week In Week Out, which recently took the best Current Affairs Programme
of the Year at the BT Press Awards in Wales, is joined by the political
programme Dragon's Eye to contest the Best Current Affairs category.
Election Exchange 2001, part of BBC Wales' coverage for last year's
General Election, has won Huw Edwards a nomination as Best On-screen
Presenter. Nia Roberts is nominated in the same category for Eisteddfod
2001, produced by BBC Wales for S4C.
new series Tune Team, in which Rhodri Williams and Josie D'Arby
made musical dreams come true, is nominated as Best Light Entertainment,
while the final of Cardiff Singer of the World makes it to the list
for Best Lighting Director.
Best Children's Programme and Best Youth Programme category also
feature BBC Wales offerings, with Ffeil and The Pop Factory respectively
up for awards.
Wales also shows its winning ways with Best New Media with the Scrum
V website nominated, while its GCSE Bitesize Cymraeg series is nominated
as Best Educational Programme.
for Best Graphics are BBC Wales' Brecon Jazz 2001 and Double Yellow
series while the promotion for Six Nations: Wales v England is nominated
in the Best Costume category.
Richards, Controller, BBC Wales, said: "Congratulations to
all nominees. The range of output and categories nominated from
BBC Wales reflects the dynamic and creative spirit of everyone who
works here. I wish all our entries every success."
Bafta Cymru awards will be held on 25 May at Cardiff's International