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Bafta TV Award nominations: Why did The Night Manager do so badly?

Bafta TV Award nominations: Why did The Night Manager do so badly?

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Tom Hollander (right) is the only cast member from The Night Manager to be nominated

If there was one British TV show that looked certain to have had the Bafta TV Awards jury hooked, it was The Night Manager – the BBC’s glossy globetrotting spy drama that has already won Golden Globes and Emmys.

But bafflingly, it was largely shut out when the Bafta TV nominations were announced on Tuesday. There was nothing for its stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman – all of whom won Golden Globes in January.

The only sniff in the main categories was for Tom Hollander, who is up for best supporting actor and, to be fair, did steal the scenes in which his menacing henchman Corky appeared.

It’s not the only TV show that viewers are complaining about being excluded, with little joy for the likes of Line of Duty and The Missing. So what’s going on?

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The Crown: Made by Netflix, but definitely British

Tougher competition

Bafta rules have changed this year, meaning shows can be nominated for the main categories if they have mainly British talent – even if they haven’t been made by a British broadcaster.

In other words, The Crown (British creators and actors but made by Netflix) is now in the mix and leads the field with five nominations.

Bafta chair Jane Lush says the contest is even more competitive than before. “There is so much investment in drama now that the competition is incredibly fierce,” she told the BBC.

Bafta juries have more big shows to consider when deciding the shortlists, she said. “Whereas a few years ago people were choosing four [nominees] out of six contenders for drama series, they’re now probably looking at 10 or even more.”

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Not British enough

Yes, The Night Manager was made by the BBC and The Crown was made by Netflix – but perhaps The Crown is more quintessentially British. There is tradition, there are costumes, there are palaces and butlers.

A look at the best drama series category suggests Bafta prefers period shows – as well as The Crown, there are The Durrells and War & Peace. Happy Valley is the only contemporary show on the shortlist.

Meanwhile, The Night Manager jets from Cairo to The Alps to war zones and exotic islands.

“You could say we have this love affair with nostalgia and maybe that’s why The Crown has edged [The Night Manager] out,” says Tufayel Ahmed, a London-based culture reporter for Newsweek.

“British audiences love a good period drama and The Crown seems to fit that Downton Abbey gap, whereas something like The Night Manager might be a bit too modern.”

A push for diversity

Jane Lush says Bafta has been “trying to heed the clamour for it to be more diverse”, and it’s clear Bafta has been making an effort.

Adeel Akhtar, who played spook Rob Singhal in The Night Manager, is nominated – but not for that role. He’s up for best leading actor for Murdered By My Father, while Babou Ceesay, who appeared in Damilola, Our Loved Boy, is in the same category.

Tufayel Ahmed says: “It’s quite rare that you see brown faces or whatever leading dramas here, so the fact that they’re being recognised is a good sign and hopefully it will mean that more of those programmes get made.”

The Night Manager’s cast was a bit diverse – but not in the lead roles.

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Tom Hiddleston dedicated his Golden Globe win to aid workers in South Sudan

Too much Tom

Perhaps Bafta just didn’t want Tom Hiddleston to repeat his Golden Globes acceptance speech, in which he told a story about a trip to South Sudan, and which attracted criticism and ridicule.

He later conceded that the speech was “inelegantly expressed”, explaining he was “very nervous and my words just came out wrong”.

Bafta audition failed.

Add that to his inelegant break-up with Taylor Swift after three months together amid accusations their relationship was a publicity stunt.

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Too old

It’s more than a year since the finale of The Night Manager was shown in the UK – although it was within Bafta’s eligibility period.

But has it faded in the memories of the Bafta juries?

Maybe – but then again, Tom Hollander was memorable enough, and it has six nominations in the Bafta TV Craft Awards, including best director (fiction), sound (fiction), production design and visual effects.

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It wasn’t any good

Maybe the juries for the main Bafta categories just weren’t that keen on it.

The reviews at the time were good, but not universally so.

The Spectator’s critic James Walton said it was “so respectful of its chosen genre as to occasionally verge on parody”, while Sight & Sound’s Theo Tait wrote: “There are so many implausibilities in the plot that one hardly knows where to start”.

We had to look quite hard to find those negative quotes, mind you.

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Tom Hiddleston may have another chance – there’s talk of a second series

Only four nominees per category

The Golden Globes and the Oscars have five nominations for most categories. The Emmys have six or seven. The Baftas have four.

In this golden age of television, perhaps it’s time for the Baftas to spread the love a little wider.

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The Night Manager is not alone in missing out

“I think the main omission is Line of Duty as best drama,” says Tufayel Ahmed. “Series three was British drama at its best – it’s good, gripping television but it’s also smart, and that’s what British drama is well known for.”

As Jane Lush said, the Bafta jury might have considered 10 shows for the best drama series shortlist – so here’s an alternative list with six programmes that could have made the cut:

  • The A Word
  • Line of Duty
  • The Missing
  • The Night Manager
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Victoria

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#Monkmania lives on after University Challenge

Monkmania lives on despite University Challenge loss

  • 11 April 2017
  • From the section UK

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He may not have managed to lead his team to glory, but Eric Monkman has been dubbed the “people’s champion” by many following the University Challenge final.

An unlikely star of the 46th series, the Cambridge economics student attracted a loyal following for his animated – and very meme-able – facial expressions, his trusty blue jumper and an impressive intellect.

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The 29-year-old became a social media phenomenon when he first appeared on the series back in September.

In a highly anticipated final of the show on Monday, Oxford’s Balliol College beat Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Monkman’s team might have lost when it came to minds, but the Canadian certainly won plenty of hearts.

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Twitter went into overdrive during the final showdown as #Monkmania started to trend across the UK.

But in the end, not even Monkman was enough to outsmart Oxford, who won by 190 to 140.

“Oh captain, my captain,” lamented one Twitter user.

As a tribute to his work, Monday should be renamed Monkday, said another.

And viewers were quick to praise the the grace with which Monkman accepted defeat, as he heartily applauded the winning team.

“He even lost with enthusiasm. What a pro,” said Adrian Andrews.

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Monkman – who scored 120 of his team’s 170 points in a previous round – said it had been “a pleasure to play against such great quizzers”.

Seemingly unfazed by his new-found fame, he thanked viewers for their support, saying he “never expected such a response”.

Host Jeremy Paxman told Wolfson that they had been “entertaining”.

And there was a consolation prize for Monkman as he got to meet his “hero” – Professor Stephen Hawking – who presented the winner’s trophy.

As you might imagine, Monkman was pretty delighted at this encounter. Cue more Twitter frenzy…

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Watch the final again on iPlayer.

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In a survey by Trip.com, 34 percent of respondents said they would pay bills with their refund, 31 percent said they would save most of it, and about 6.5 percent said they would take a trip. (About 20 percent said they would do a combination of the above.)

As for why people travel, 34 percent of respondents said relaxation is the number one reason.

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“More people responded that their motivation to travel was to relax,” Trip.com co-founder and CEO Travis Katz said in a statement, “which may reflect other reports that Americans are still feeling stressed about both the economy as well as post-election fatigue.”

After relaxation, the next most popular travel goals were exploration, to experience culture, and to visit friends and family.

With relaxation top of mind, it’s not so surprising that 35 percent of respondents said their ideal destination is a warm beach like Hawaii, and 24 percent said they preferred adventure or outdoor recreation. Europe was also a popular choice, at 12 percent, while 10 percent said they’d like to travel to a big city.

If you’ve got a refund coming your way and are more interested in spending it than saving it, here are a few trip ideas.

Ed Sheeran settles copyright lawsuit claim

Ed Sheeran settles Photograph copyright infringement claim

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Photograph was the fifth single from Sheeran’s 2014 album X

Ed Sheeran has struck a deal to end a $20m (£13.8m) copyright infringement legal claim over his hit song Photograph.

Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the singer last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song, Amazing.

A lawyer for the pair confirmed to the BBC the claim had now been settled.

Leonard and Harrington’s track was released by former X Factor winner Matt Cardle in 2012.

Instantly recognisable

On Friday, court papers were filed dismissing the case with prejudice, stipulating that a California federal court would enforce the terms of an agreement.

Richard Busch, who represented Harrington and Leonard would not comment on the settlement terms.

A representative for Sheeran has yet to respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

The songwriters originally claimed the chorus of the two songs shared 39 identical notes, with similarities “instantly recognisable to the ordinary observer”.

They submitted the chord structures for both tracks in court documents.

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Mr Busch is the same lawyer who won a case for the family of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye.

He successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement last year over their single Blurred Lines, winning a $7.4m (£5.1m) settlement.

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What we know about British Vogue’s new male editor

British Vogue: Edward Enninful has been hired as the new editor

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British Vogue has confirmed Edward Enninful as its first male editor.

Enninful, who has previously worked for Italian and American Vogue, will take over from Alexandra Shulman, who announced her departure in January.

Condé Nast International’s Jonathan Newhouse said Enninful was “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music”.

He is currently the fashion and creative director at W Magazine, where he has worked since 2011.

The 45-year-old will start his new role on 1 August.

After the news was announced, designer Marc Jacobs tweeted: “Congratulations to our longtime friend @Edward_Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue! We can’t wait to see what you do! ❤️”

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Enninful is friends with Marc Jacobs (pictured) and Pharrell

What do we know about Edward Enninful?

  • Born in Ghana, he moved to the UK and started his fashion career aged 16 when he was spotted by a model scout in London.
  • He began working alongside the founders of i-D magazine, and was promoted to fashion director aged just 19, a position he held for more than two decades.
  • He is well connected. Very well. His Twitter profile features him with Michelle Obama.
  • He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours for services to diversity in the fashion industry.
  • He is good mates with Pharrell.
  • Some of the biggest names in fashion have worked with him, including Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss and Missoni.
  • Condé Nast praised Enninful’s work at Italian Vogue under its late editor, Franca Sozzani, as having “attained landmark status in recent cultural history”.

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Enninful with models Bella Hadid and Maria Borges last year

Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, told the BBC: “Anything that promotes diversity and gender equality in the industry is incredibly important, but there’s no doubt that Edward’s been appointed because of his talent.”

“He brings a very distinct point of view in terms of the imagery that he has been associated with, and I think that’s going to be really exciting to see how that is translated into the pages of Vogue.”

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The Olivier Awards weren’t all about Harry Potter

Olivier Awards: It wasn’t all about Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may have cast a spell over the Olivier Awards, but it wasn’t the only topic of conversation.

Here are a few other things were learned backstage and on the red carpet.

It was the first time a transgender-themed play won an Olivier

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Rotterdam, about a lesbian couple, one of whom wants to start living as a man, won the award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre.

“It’s really exciting that trans-narratives are being brought into the mainstream,” said Anna Martine Freeman, who plays the lead character of Fiona/Adrian.

“As far as we have been made aware, it is the first transgender-themed play to be nominated at an Olivier Awards.”

Jon Brittain’s comedy started at fringe venue Theatre 503 and transferred to Trafalgar Studios, and will play in New York next month.

“It’s come from what feels like humble beginnings and is really flying,” Anna told the BBC.

“With everything going on, I’d love for Rotterdam to have a larger effect on inclusion and understanding around the world.”

Education was a hot potato

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John Tiffany (left) shares a joke backstage with Star Wars actor John Boyega

Sir Kenneth Branagh and Andrew Lloyd Webber were among those who spoke out on stage in support of arts in education.

So too did Cursed Child director John Tiffany who admitted backstage he got angry about cuts to arts subjects in state schools.

“I’m doing what I’m doing because of free guitar lessons, because I had a grant to go to university… and they don’t exist anymore,” he said.

“If I was graduating from high school now I certainly wouldn’t be holding this,” he added, waving his Olivier statuette.

“And I’m not being dramatic!”

Groundhog Day will be back

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More backstage laughs from Tim Minchin

Groundhog Day, which won best new musical, is about to open on Broadway after its run last year at the Old Vic.

“The production here was gorgeous and came after thousands of hours of grind and self-doubt,” songwriter Tim Minchin told us.

“It closed and that was always the plan, but we’ll be back here within the year,” he added.

In the West End? “Certainly that’s the plan. It’ll come back before you know it.”

Which all sounds a bit like the plot of Groundhog Day.

Amber Riley is doing things her own way

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Amber Riley stars in Dreamgirls

“I’m in a show where the three leads are three black women – I think that’s exceptional,” said Amber Riley backstage after picking up her award for best actress in a musical.

“In the theatre you want to see people who look like you sometimes,” the Dreamgirls star said.

“I’m not ashamed to say I’m not necessarily the standard of what the industry may feel is beautiful or could be a star, but I’m doing it anyway because I’m making my own way.”

Denise Gough is all set for Angels

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Denise Gough (left) with best actress winner Billie Piper and Andrew Garfield

Last year’s best actress winner Denise Gough presented this year’s award to Billie Piper.

The Irish actress will be back on stage at the National Theatre soon – after her acclaimed performance in People, Places and Things – in the epic Angels in America.

Tony Kushner’s two-part play is set in mid-1980s New York in the midst of the Aids crisis.

Gough plays Harper Pitt in a cast that includes Andrew Garfield (her co-presenter at the Oliviers), Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey.

“It’s the hardest job I’ve ever done,” Gough confided on the red carpet. “There were three rehearsal rooms going at one time. It’s been a big gig.”

So could we be seeing Gough bag another Olivier for Angels in America?

We’ll find out in 2018…

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Call the Midwife to cast its first black nurse

Call the Midwife to get first regular black character

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BBC drama Call the Midwife is to get its first regular black character.

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Casting is already underway for an actress to play West Indian nurse Lucille in the next series.

It’s to reflect the influence of nurses from the Commonwealth on the NHS in the 1960s.

Series creator Heidi Thomas said Lucille will be “elegant, funny and clever” and bring “a fresh new energy to life at Nonnatus House”.

“My research is continually bringing up new things,” Thomas told the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.

“[It] has made me very aware of the contributions made by West Indian and Caribbean nurses to the NHS in the early 1960s. She’s going to bring stories with her, and a different cultural point of view, and that’s very exciting.”

Series six of the popular drama finished last month, concluding with a birth, death and a marriage in the final episode.

It will return to BBC One for a Christmas special, before series seven kicks off in the new year.

The casting news comes as Call the Midwife was voted the best TV drama of the 21st Century in a Radio Times poll.

It beat finalists The Night Manager, The West Wing, The Bridge, Happy Valley and Merlin, which won separate genre categories last week.

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Why do University Challenge contestants go viral?

Why do University Challenge contestants go viral?

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University Challenge is, quite simply, the most fiendishly difficult quiz show on TV.

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Most of us can just about get a few questions right on Eggheads or The Chase – but few of us would have a chance against Jeremy Paxman.

With many of its viewers totally flummoxed by the questions – perhaps it’s not surprising that the BBC Two quiz show tends to go viral for other reasons.

Namely, the quirks of its contestants.

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull have been the breakout stars of the current series (more on them in a minute), but they’re far from the first to find fame on the show.

The invention of social media has given the programme a new lease of life and helped many contestants develop their own cult following.

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Gail Trimble (second right) became a viewer favourite in 2009

“University Challenge works extremely well for this YouTube generation,” says Tom Eames, senior TV reporter at Digital Spy.

“One funny moment or question can be so easily shared on Twitter now – it’s the same when something rude happens on Countdown or someone makes a fool of themselves on Pointless.”

Eames thinks another reason the show has found a new audience is how much more fashionable it has become to be super-smart.

“In the last few years, everyone loves calling themselves a geek or a nerd, even though in the real world they might not be,” he says.

“Shows like The Big Bang Theory have recently flourished. So when someone genuinely seems to have some geeky superpowers like Monkman, we like to big them up.”

Ahead of this season’s final on Monday evening, let’s take a look back at a few of University Challenge’s viral sensations:

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull

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Monkman and Seagull finally came head-to-head at the semi-final

The current series saw two contestants – both captains of rival teams from Cambridge University – find social media fame.

As a show which normally features a lot of upper class English voices, Seagull’s east London accent caught the attention of viewers, as did his wonderful surname.

Monkman, meanwhile, inspired a legion of online fans who identified themselves with the hashtag #monkmania.

His facial expressions and tendency to deliver answers with an upward inflection won him a place in the hearts of many viewers.

He and Seagull each went viral in their own right before they finally faced each other on screen in the semi-final, where Monkman narrowly edged victory.

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Monkman and Seagull have become friends since appearing on the show

“I would say Monkman is in the all time top five [contestants],” The Independent’s James Rampton told the BBC.

“There’s a tendency in our culture to be very homogeneous, everyone must be cool, be good looking. But Monkman, I hope he wouldn’t mind me saying, is a bit of a geek.”

Monkman and Seagull, it later transpired, were friends off-air and caught the train down to London together when they appeared on The One Show last month.

At this point we’d usually demand they be given their own TV show – but we’re pretty sure we’d never understand anything they were saying.

Gail Trimble

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Gail Trimble went viral in 2009 after her appearance on the show

One of the most memorable University Challenge contestants of recent years was Gail Trimble, of Corpus Christi, Oxford.

She answered around two thirds of the questions on her own, winning more points than all three of her teammates combined.

Her performances quickly caught the attention of viewers, with many suggesting she was the smartest-ever contestant.

She was particularly popular with a certain genre of men’s magazines, who at one point asked whether she would ever consider a career change.

“My brother received a Facebook message from Nuts, saying ‘Can we have your sister’s email address, we want her to do a tasteful shoot,'” Trimble told BBC Breakfast.

“So he sent them a reply saying ‘Seriously mate, would you send your sister’s contact details to Nuts?'”

Ralph Morley

The name might not ring a bell – but Ralph Morley was the bravest contestant of them all: the man who spoke back to Jeremy Paxman.

Here’s how the glorious exchange went:

Paxman: “During the 20th Century, who held the position of prime minister of the United Kingdom for the…”

Morley: [Buzzing in] “Margaret Thatcher.”

Paxman: [Looking shocked] “How did you know I was going to ask for the longest period of time?”

Morley: “Well what else was it going to be?”

Audience: “Ooooooh!”

Paxman: “Okay well let’s see if you get these bonuses right. They’re on French land borders, you smart arses.”

We salute you, Ralph.

Oscar Powell

In 2015, Oscar Powell of Peterhouse, Cambridge took the concept of facial expressions to a whole new level.

The geological sciences student, who looks a little bit like Michael Gove, had one of the most animated human faces in the history of human faces.

If he was struggling to answer a question, his jaw would drop, his face would scrunch up or his tongue would poke out as he tried to arrive at the answer.

After huge reaction on social media, Powell tweeted: “Yes, I know I’m odd.” But his fanbase continued to revel in his performances and declare their love for him.

Eames says: “It used to be rare for normal people to become famous off the back of a TV show, but the line between celebrity and non-celebrity is so blurred now.

“Ten years ago, someone could appear on the programme but be forgotten again the next day, but that’s not the case anymore.

“As a result, people who appear on shows like this fall under the celebrity bracket, so there’s a potential for them to become fair game to viewers.”

Famous faces

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Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes and David Starkey all appeared on University Challenge

Long before they were famous, some of Britain’s most distinguished brains made their first TV appearances on University Challenge.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, historian David Starkey, and general national treasure Stephen Fry are among the quiz show’s alumni.

Actress Miriam Margolyes even claims her appearance on the programme in 1963 marked the first time anybody had ever said the f-word on TV.

In 2011, she told Graham Norton: “I got a question wrong, and I [swore], and they bleeped me out so you saw my face [saying the word], but nothing actually came out.”

Had Twitter been around in the 1960s, we’re pretty sure that would’ve gone viral.

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