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24 September 2014
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BBC Wales seeks Bafta success

BBC Wales has gained 45 nominations across 27 different categories for the top industry awards given by Bafta Cymru.

Its drama The Bench has scooped more nominations than any other programme, listed for best drama series (producer Karen Lewis), best screenwriter (Catherine Tregenna), best actor (Mark Lewis Jones) and best actress (Eiry Thomas), best director of photography (Bill Broomfield) and best editor (Will Oswald) - a total of six.

And BBC Wales has also won plaudits for its social action campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer, BLLCKS, which is nominated in five categories.

Promotions director Dylan Griffith, who receives three personal nominations, is nominated twice for his work on BLLCKS - for best graphics/titles and for best promo.

Campaign producer Peter Watkins Hughes is nominated for best drama, a half-hour special on the subject called Facing Demons, plus a best-short film nomination. The campaign website is also nominated in best TV or film related new media.

BBC Wales' innovative music department has four nominations, with its ballet Carmina Burana listed for best music programme, and for best lighting director (not camera), while the moving Christmas story Amahl and the Night Visitors is nominated for best costume and best design.

The hit drama series Belonging, currently showing on BBC ONE Wales each Wednesday, is also honoured with five nominations.

These include best drama series (producer Sophie Fante), best director of photography for drama (Ray Orton), best screenwriter (Catrin Clarke), best director drama (Mark Jobst) and best actress (Eve Myles).

The BBC 2W drama First Degree is also nominated for best make-up, best design, and best director of photography, drama - meaning BBC Wales dramas are the only ones nominated in the latter category.

On the factual front, all three nominations for best documentary are from BBC Wales - Extreme Lives: Mr Sunset, Johnny Owen: The Long Journey and O Flaen Dy Lygaid for its moving coverage of BBC correspondent Stephen Evans' account of his life during and after the 9/11 disaster.

Other nominated documentaries are Jamie's Magic Islands (best camera), Timewatch: Ironbridge (best director, non-drama), and Iolo's Wild Winter (best presenter and best magazine programme).

Also nominated as best presenter is BBC News anchorman Huw Edwards, who will be hosting the Bafta Cymru Award ceremony on 26 April, and who hopes to repeat his success of last year, when he took that title.

Stereophonic Stuart Cable's own show, Cable TV, which returns to BBC 2W on 8 April, is nominated as best light entertainment, while best live coverage falls to BBC Wales teams nominated for the Wales v Italy football extravaganza and Scrum V Live.

Sport has also helped Phillip Moss to a nomination for his Six Nations promotion.

In new media, two websites from BBC Wales are nominated - the Capture Wales website ( which features multi-media digital stories made by people across Wales, and Learnwelsh -( - a site dedicated to help people learn the language.

Other nominations include X-Ray for best magazine programme, Week In Week Out as best current affairs, Y Swagman O Geredigion for best costume, Alun Morgan as best newcomer for When Pele Broke Our Hearts and an arthritis care film as best animation.

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.



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