BAFTA Awards 1987 – tape 456

I love a good awards show. I love a bad awards show as well, come to that. So it’s over to LWT, live from the Grosvenor House, it’s the 1987 British Academy Awards. I love awards show, in 1987, I’ll be amazed if nothing goes wrong.

The host is Michael Aspel, a safe pair of hands.

His opening joke involves Henrik Ibsen, and lands pretty well. The first award is for Best Light Entertainment Programme, presented by Billy Connolly.

Nice to see the writers getting a credit on the nomination clips.

The winner is Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, but producer Geoff Posner doesn’t get to give a speech.

Maureen Lipman presents the award for Best Drama Series.

The winner is Tutti Frutti. Again, no speeches.

Michael Hordern presents the award for Best Single Drama.

The winner is Life Story – one of my favourites. Mick Jackson receives the award. No speech again.

Alastair Burnett presents the award for Best Factual Series. “None of them from ITV.” It’s won by The Duty Men.

Emma Samms presents Best Short Film.

Although Mike Leigh was a nominee for Short & Curlies, it’s won by young Swedish student Jonas Grimas for his film Artisten. Obviously, the young Swedish student is the person they let give a speech. Here it is in full: “Thank you.”

Next it’s the Writer’s Award, presented by Ludovic Kennedy.

It’s won by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn (no relation). No, they don’t get a speech. And they forgot to show the compilation of scenes from their programmes.

Matthew Parris presents the Best Foreign Television Programme.

It’s won by a German hidden camera documentary. They are allowed to give a speech, possibly because the documentary was blacklisted on German TV. So that’s two foreign language winners who get to give speeches. This is a very strange ceremony.

David Steel presents the Best News or Outside Broadcast Coverage award. It’s won by Channel Four news for coverage of the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster. No speech.

Patricia Hayes presents the award for Best Comedy Series.

John Lloyd accepts for Blackadder the Third. No speech.

It’s Young Iain Glen again, presenting the Flaherty Documentary Award. It’s won by Baka: People of the Rainforest. No speech.

Best Short Animated Film is presented by Paula Yates. It’s won by The Reluctant Dragon. No Speech.

Michael Grade presents the award for Originality. He has a go at Yorkshire Television for not carrying this broadcast. The award goes to Network 7, and producers Jane Hewland and Janet Street Porter. Can’t argue with that choice.

They get to give a speech. Hooray. I guess JSP is also a presenter, so that’s glamorous enough to allow.

Alan Whicker presents the Huw Weldon award for best arts programme. It’s won by A Simple Man. No speech.

Steve Cram presents the award for Best Children’s Programme Documentary. It’s won by the Really Wild Show. No Speech.

Jason Connery presents the award for Best Children’s Programme Entertainment. It’s won by The Little Princess. No speech.

The next award is the Fellowship, presented by filmmaker Johnny Goodman. It’s awarded to Ingmar Bergman, who isn’t even there. Rude!

Twiggy presents the award for Best original Television Music. It’s won by Porterhouse Blue, Christopher Gunning and Rick Lloyd. No speech.

She also presents the Best Original Movie Score, won by Ennio Morricone. He gets to make a speech, and Michael Aspel speaks excellent Italian. Well, they went to the expense of getting a satellite link to Rome, so I suppose he had to be allowed to speak.

Best TV Actress is presented by Stanley Baxter.

The winner is Emma Thompson for Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War. I might have been very cross if she hadn’t.

Virginia McKenna presents the award for Best TV Actor.

David Jason wins for Porterhouse Blue, beating Kenneth Branagh.

Best Light Entertainment Performance is presented by Frank Muir

Nigel Hawthorne wins for Best Prime Minister.

Best Original Screenplay is presented by David Puttnam.

David Leland is nominated twice, for Wish You Were Here and Personal Services. So he appears twice in the nominations grid.

He gets to make a speech – again, they’ve paid for the satellite link.

Best Adapted Screenplay is presented by Melvyn Bragg

Winner is Claude Berri for Jean De Florette.

Best Foreign Language Film is presented by Milos Forman.

It’s won by Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice and the award is accepted by the producer, Anna-Lena Wibom. Tarkovsky had died the previous year.

Sue Lawley presents the Richard Dimbleby award

It’s awarded to Esther Rantzen

Nigel Havers presents Best Supporting Actress

Susan Wooldridge wins for Hope and Glory.

Stefanie Powers presents Best Supporting Actor

The winner is Daniel Auteuil for Jean de Florette.

The graphics mess up a bit, using a clip from (the also nominated) The Untouchables.

Presenting the Best Actress award is Richard Harris.

Emily Lloyd isn’t happy at the result

The winner is Anne Bancroft for 84 Charing Cross Road.

She’s there with her family, husband (and producer) Mel Brooks and their son, Max Brooks (writer of World War Z).

Cher presents Best Actor

The winner is Sean Connery, who takes the opportunity to kiss Cher about eight times. He wins for The Name of the Rose.

Steven Spielberg presents the award for Best Director.

It’s won by Oliver Stone for Platoon.

Stewart Granger presents the award for Best Film.

The winner is Jean de Florette. It did well this year. So Claude Berri gets to make two speeches.

Princess Anne presents the Desmond Davis award.

The winner is Julia Smith off of Eastenders. In the clips there’s a clip from Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who as she was a director. And the “Daddy! My Daddy!” clip from the TV version of the Railway Children got me started.

The Michael Balcon award for unique contribution to cinema goes to the Monty Python team, sans Cleese and Idle.

Richard Attenborough presents a special award.

It goes to Sir John Mills.

And that’s it. Afterwards, a trailer for Gentlemen and Players, and the tape ends.



  1. As mentioned by Michael Grade Yorkshire Television didn’t carry the ceremony. In what the Observer listing describes as a “welcome alternative to the network sycophancy”, Yorkshire viewers got to see The Sting instead.

  2. Emily Lloyd’s thumbs down for losing the Best Actress award is up there with Samuel L. Jackson’s swear at losing the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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