BAFTA Awards 1992 – tape 402

It’s definitely awards season on the blog, as today we have the BAFTA Awards 1992 although this tape has a tiny bit of Alan Whicker right at the start

This is the 1992 ceremony, presented by ITV, so Michael Aspel is presenting. He makes a nice joke combinging Marcel Marceau and Give Us a Clue.

Pauline Collins presents the first award of the night, for best Drama Series.

It’s won by Inspector Morse. David Lascelles accepts.

Alan Rickman presents the award for Best Single Drama.

In the clips, there’s a clip from The Trials of Oz featuring a pre-Four Weddings Hugh Grant as a hippie.

It’s won by A Question of Attribution by Alan Bennet, and director John Schelsinger accepts the award – he even gets to make a speech.

Sharon Gless presents the award for Best Drama Serial. (In case you’re wondering what the difference is between this and ‘Drama Series’ a series has multiple seasons, and is ongoing. A serial is what the Americans call a Mini Series, because they often don’t realise that words exist.

It’s won by Prime Suspect.

The award for Best Factual Children’s Programme is presented by Jason Donovan

It’s won by Lewis Bronze for Blue Peter.

Hale and Pace do their annoying childrens TV presenter characters to present the award for Best Fictional Children’s Programme

It’s won by Jim Henson’s Greek Myths, and is accepted by producer Duncan Kenworthy, another pre-Four Weddings person.

Michael Palin presents the award for Best Factual Series.

It’s won (deservingly) by Naked Hollywood, and accepted by Producer Nicholas Kent. I apologise for all the backs of people’s heads here, by the way, but very few winners are being allowed to make speeches, and they don’t do a nice pose on stage as they accept. Amateur Hour, really.

The next presenter is Dame Edna Everage.

The award for Best Comedy Programme or Series goes to One Foot in the Grave. Here’s writer David Renwick giving Dame Edna a kiss.

Melvyn Bragg presents the next award.

It’s the writers’ award, and it’s won by Gordon F Newman. He gets to make a speech, and I bet the producers wished he hadn’t, as it’s heavy on the politics (this is about two weeks before the 1992 election) and he says “in a fortnight’s time we will almost certainly change the government of this country.” I wish that had been the case. His speech strangely runs out of steam at the end.

Julia Somerville presents the Flaherty Documentary award.

It goes to Michael Apted for 35Up. He’s not there, but they did record a message from him, from the set of his latest film, in Atlanta. He looks like he’s on a farm, shot in the US. My top of the head guess is Nell. That came out in 1994 though, so maybe it was Blink.

Producer Richard Price presents the Best International programme.

It’s won by Ken Burns for The Civil War. I’m not sure I expected Ken Burns to look so young.

Best Short Film is presented by Patsy Kensit

It’s won by The Harmfulness of Tobacco.

Josie Lawrence presents the award for Best Animated Short

It’s won by Balloon by Ken Lidster who is lucky he didn’t get put on a register the way he lunges at poor Josie.

Terry Waite is the next presenter, and he gets a huge ovation, to which he looks a bit embarrassed.

He’s presenting Best Actuality Coverage, which is won by ITN for their Gulf War coverage. The first man on stage gives Terry Waite a big hug. I can’t tell if that’s because he knows him (fairly likely) or whether, at that point in time, almost everyone would instinctively want to hug him.

Anthony Hopkins presents the next award.

It’s the Huw Wheldon award for Best Arts Programme and it’s won by Without Walls: J’Accuse – Citizen Kane. I didn’t have polite things to say about this in 2014 when it came up, and Gary Johnstone looks exactly like the kind of floppy haired media student type who would produce such a show. Not that I’m at all bigoted.

Jason Connery is the next presenter.

The winner of Best Television Actress is Helen Mirren for Prime Suspect.

Catherine Zeta-Jones presents the award for Best Televison Music.

It’s won by Richard Harvey and Elvis Costello for GBH

Presenting the Fellowship award is Jeremy Isaacs

It goes to David Plowright, former head of Granada but recently ousted.

Michael Barrymore arrives to present the Best Light Entertainment Series award.

It’s won by Have I Got News For You, accepted by producer Harry Thompson.

David Frost presents the Richard Dimbleby award.

It goes to John Simpson.

Next, Tony Slattery presents the award for Originality

It’s won by Vic Reeves Big Night Out

The next presenter is Jenny Agutter

The award for Best Television Actor goes to Robert Lindsay for GBH.

He gets quite emotional when he talks about his partner, Diana Weston.

Ronnie Barker has been tempted out of retirement to present the award for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

The Winner is Richard Wilson for One Foot in the Grave.

Stephen Fry presents the Alan Clarke award for Outstanding Creative Contribution for Television.

It goes to director Robert Young, director of GBH

Rita Tushingham is the next presenter.

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to The Commitments. Roddy Doyle accepts in the studio.

And in Los Angeles, co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

James Fox presents the award for Best Original Screenplay.

It’s won by Anthony Minghella for Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Wim Wenders presents the award for Best Foreign Film.

It’s won by The Nasty Girl whose director Michael Verhoeven isn’t at the ceremony. Except he is, and the organisers haven’t realised. Unless this bloke is just a rando.

The next presenter is Cliff Richard.

He’s presenting the award for Best Original Film Music, which goes to Jean-Claude Petit for Cyrano de Bergerac. Yes, the film that literally quoted an entire cue from Elfman’s Batman.

Vanessa Redgrave is the next presenter. I cannot see her or hear her name without thinking “But I don’t know Vanessa Redgrave. And neither do you, Theatre.”

She’s presenting the Michael Balcon award and it goes to Derek Jarman in Los Angeles.

Next at the podium, it’s Nigel Hawthorne.

It’s the Best Supporting Actress award, and it’s won by Kate Nelligan for Frankie and Johnny.

Returning to the podium, this time as a presenter, it’s Helen Mirren again.

The award for Best Supporting Actor goes to Alan Rickman for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. “A healthy reminder to me that subtlety isn’t everything.”

The next presenter is Michael J Fox. As he puts on his glasses he says “Yes I am aging. Imperceptible but it’s happening.”

The award for Best Leading Actress goes to Jodie Foster for Silence of the Lambs. “I’d like to thank the British Academy not only for this award but also for giving me Most Promising Newcomer when I was 13.”

Jean Simmons is presenting Best Leading Actor.

It’s won by Anthony Hopkins for Silence of the Lambs.

Kenneth Branagh presents the David Lean award for Excellence in Direction.

It’s won by Alan Parker for The Commitments. “Gordon Newman wrote a speech for me but it was confiscated by the police.”

Jeremy Irons presents the award for Best Film. After the nominations, he bemoans the lack of British money in the nominated films. “because of too many years of Conservative policy towards the film industry.” The room seems split on this, with some uncomfortable murmuring.

The winner is The Commitments. Producer Lynda Myles beats Alan Parker to the stage and gets to make a speech.

Princess Anne makes her traditional speech. “You know when you see me that it’s nearly the end.”

Gregory Peck, specking from his garden in Los Angeles, introduces a special award.

It goes to Audrey Hepburn

It wouldn’t be a Baftas without Richard Attenborough, and he’s here to present another Bafta Fellowship.

It goes to John Gielgud.

And that’s it. After this, recording stops, and underneath, rather alarmingly, is the end of an episode of Saturday Live. Did I really tape over Saturday Live? I hope this was a repeat after something else.

It’s followed by the Baseball World Series. The tape ends after a few minutes of this.


  • Tennent’s Pilsner – Nick Revell
  • Butter
  • Datapost
  • Shell
  • B&I – Keith Floyd
  • trail: Beverly Hills 90210
  • trail: The Magic Comedy Strip
  • Nationwide
  • Carling Black Label
  • Comet
  • Walker’s Ruffles
  • Canon
  • The Guardian
  • Danone Bio
  • trail: Trading Places
  • Danone Bio
  • Network Q
  • Diet Coke – Elton John
  • American Airlines
  • Nat West
  • Datapost
  • trail: The Piglet Files
  • L’Oreal Recital
  • Puma
  • Carling Black Label
  • trail: Just For Laughs
  • Our Price – True Love
  • McDonalds
  • Ferguson
  • LBC
  • trail: International Badminton



  1. I can vaguely remember watching some of this. Did Sharon Gless happen to wear a pair of black rimmed, Dame Edna-ish glasses? My brother thought they looked silly. Josie Lawrence and Tony Slattery were almost everywhere thanks to Whose Line Is It Anyway? and it’s nice to see Stephen Fry there too.

    Alan Parker’s quip is a funny one. I have seen G.F. Newman’s LAW AND ORDER. Check it out if you haven’t. A very gritty, tough, realistic, violent, disturbing (for its time) and compelling drama about police corruption. After it was shown in 1978, the BBC never ever repeated it although a few years ago, BBC3 or 4 did. Great performances all round from Derek Martin, Ken Campbell and Peter Dean.

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