As regular readers might have noticed, I like awards ceremonies. I’m not sure why, since they’re often risible. Maybe that’s it, and the pull of bad TV is irresistible;
So here’s another Bafta ceremony to enjoy.
Before the show, there’s a trailer for Modern Times.
then the Baftas, this year at the Royal Albert Hall, and hosted by Lenny Henry.
First presenter Richard Wilson does some cheeky campaigning.
Hillsborough wins for Best Single Drama, and Nicola Shindler of Red Productions accepts the award. There’s no truth in the rumour that she produced the drama in the spare time between Double Maths and her paper round.
Gina McKee wins Best Actress for Our Friends in the North.
Lenny Henry: “More information on tonight’s awards can be found on the World Wide Web. If you’re not yet connected to the Internet, take your phone, dial a wrong number, and ask whoever answers if they like Star Trek. It’s the same thing.”
Rather sadly, for a Doctor Who fan like me, the In Memoriam segment leads off with Jon Pertwee and Terry Nation.
Best Director was awarded to Joel Coen for Fargo. It’s quite odd to see just one of them nominated, as these were the dark days when they had to pretend that only one of them directed the films.
The Fellowship was awarded to Woody Allen, who’s such a monster he couldn’t even turn up to accept it. I wonder if they’d give it to him today?
BBC Genome: BBC One London, 29 April 1997 22.00
Following the Baftas, recording continues with a trailer for Falling Down.
Then, the recording continues on with Midnight Cowboy. There’s 90 minutes of this before the tape stops.