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24 September 2014
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BBC Wales scores Bafta success

BBC 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.

BBC Wales programmes are represented in 27 of the 33 categories, dominating in drama, documentary, promotions and screenwriting.

The 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.

The 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 Belonging.

In 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).

A 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.

BBC 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.

BBC 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.

The 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.

The Best Children's Programme and Best Youth Programme category also feature BBC Wales offerings, with Ffeil and The Pop Factory respectively up for awards.

BBC 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.

Nominated 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.

Menna 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."

The Bafta Cymru awards will be held on 25 May at Cardiff's International Arena.



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