BAFTA Awards 1989 – tape 832

On this tape, it’s the BAFTA Awards 1989 although I think the awards were presented in 1990. It’s on ITV, so Michael Aspel takes presenting duties.

The first award of the night is presented by Angela Lansbury, for Best Drama Series/Serial.

It’s won by Traffik and producer Brian Eastman and writer Simon Moore accept the award. Simon Moore takes the opportunity to have a go at the News of the World TV critic. “The review is short and went as follows: ‘Traffik, Monday, 10pm. Sprawling drug drama leaves viewers in coma.’ I only wish I could write as well as that.”

Next, Dame Wendy Hiller presents Best Single Drama.

The winner is The Accountant, accepted by Les Blair, Geoffrey Case, and Paul Knight.

Next it’s Best Factual Programme, presented by Sebastian Coe. It’s won by Edward Mirzoeff for Forty Minutes, who declines to give a speech.

The writers award is presented by Diana Rigg.

The winner is Andrew Davies.

John Gordon Sinclair presents the award for Best Short Film. It’s won by The Candy Show. No speech.

Brian Walden presents the award for Best News coverage.

It’s won by Steve Selman for coverage of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Best Light Entertainment Show is presented by Bea Arthur

It’s won by Clive James on the 80s, and accepted by Elaine Bedell

And Richard Drewett, Clive James’ longtime producer.

Clive James is there in the audience with Jerry Hall.

Best Foreign Television Programme is presented by the Chairman of Bafta, Kevin Billington

The winner is Marcel Ophuls for Hotel Terminus. He gives a nice nod to the BBC for presenting his work in full (four and a half hours).

Next, Jeremy Paxman presents the Flaherty Documentary award.

It’s won by Kevin Sim for Four Hours in My Lai.

Best Children’s Programme in Entertainment or Drama is presented by Toyah Willcox. It’s won by Maid Marian and her Merry Men. No speech.

Best Children’s Documentary or Education programme is presented by Chris Tarrant. It’s won by The Really Wild Show. No speech.

Ruby Wax presents the award for Best Short Animated Film. It’s won by Nick Park for A Grand Day Out (referred to here as ‘Nicholas Park’). He doesn’t get to make a speech.

David Suchet presents the Huw Weldon award for Best Arts Programme.

It’s won by Art in the Third Reich, accepted by Peter Adam.

Julia McKenzie presents the award for Best TV Music. It’s won by Christopher Gunning for Poirot. No speech.

The Richard Dimbleby Award is presented by Melvyn Bragg.

The winner is Kate Adie.

Best Comedy Series is presented by Warren Mitchell.

It’s won by Blackadder Goes Forth. It’s accepted by John Lloyd, Ben Elton, Richard Boden and Richard Curtis.

Ben Kingsley presents the award for Best TV Actress.

It’s won by Diana Rigg for Mother Love.

Felicity Kendall presents the award for Best TV Actor.

The winner is John Thaw, for Inspector Morse.

The award for Best Light Entertainment Performance is presented by Frankie Howerd.

It’s won by Rowan Atkinson for Blackadder Goes Forth.

That’s it for the TV awards, the first Film award is Best Adapted Screenplay, presented by David Puttnam. The winner is Christopher Hampton.

Jodie Foster presents the award for Best original Screenplay.

The winner is Nora Ephron for When Harry Met Sally, live by satellite.

Bill Cotton presents the Fellowship Award.

It’s presented to Paul Fox.

After a break for the news, we’re back to the awards, and Stewart Copeland presents the Best Film Score award.

It’s won by Maurice Jarre, accepting by Satellite from LA.

Joss Ackland presents the award for Best Supporting Actress. He’s disappointed that the winner, Michelle Pfeiffer, isn’t there to accept it. “I don’t get to kiss her?”

Emily Lloyd presents the award for Best Supporting Actor.

It’s won by Ray McAnally. He died before this ceremony, so it’s accepted by writer Jim Sheridan.

Richard Harris presents the award for Best Actress

It’s won by Pauline Collins for Shirley Valentine

Best Film Actor is presented by Angela Lansbury (again).

The winner is Daniel Day Lewis.

Presenting the award for Best Director is William Hurt.

The winner is Kenneth Branagh for Henry V. He’s live by satellite from Japan, and they ran out of time on the satellite before he could finish his speech. Probably because the programme was overrunning. Sending video across the world was so hard in 1990.

Sean Connery presents the award for Best Film.

Winning for Dead Poets Society are Peter Weir and producer Steven Haft

Finally, Princess Anne introduces the final awards of the night. The tartan is a reference to a rugby match that day, and she opens her remarks with the comment “I was at Murrayfield.”

The Desmond Davis award goes to John Lloyd.

It’s a nice speech, particularly when he has to apologise to Princess Anne for Spitting Image making her life a misery. And there’s also a spirited defence of the BBC.

The winner of the Michael Balcon award for achievement in Film goes to Lewis Gilbert.

Finally, Richard Attenborough presents a special award, granted because this is Bafta’s 21st Birthday.

The recipient is Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

That’s it for the awards, and the recording finishes just after the ceremony.


  • trail: The Match





  1. This was probably Saturday 17 March 1990 when Scotland beat England at Murrayfield to win the Five Nations and the Grand Slam, a match so famous that a book was written about it.

    Then on ‘The Match’ the following day Liverpool defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    Wikipedia states that the film awards ceremony was on Sunday 11 March with Magnus Magnusson and Sally Magnusson hosting. Is that incorrect, or did they edit the film awards into the broadcast of the TV awards?

  2. The rugby match was on the Saturday, the awards were broadcast on the Sunday. If the Liverpool win at Old Trafford was the 2-1 win with Barnes-ey scoring a couple of goals then I think I recorded this but when playing back the VHS, the recording was messed up!

  3. I think I remember watching a bit of these BAFTA awards moments back then. Can vaguely remember seeing Blackadder Goes Forth win as well as Rowan Atkinson making his speech after winning. Good to see old pals Diana Rigg and The Guv’nor himself John Thaw also win stuff. Remember Barnesy scoring a penalty and Ronnie Whelan letting in a quite spectacular own goal.

    My brother loved Dead Poets Society. I think he could really relate to it having been to our local grammar school.

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