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BAFTA 2018: Not just Bollywood star Anupam Kher up for award but recognition too for filmmakers…

BAFTA 2018: Not just Bollywood star Anupam Kher up for award but  recognition too for filmmakers…

The actor in ‘The Boy with Top Knot’ and ‘The Big Sick’ may have hogged the global headlines but TV execs were also recognised for their part in making some of the best TV on our screens...

TALENT behind the camera as well as in front of it has been recognised in this year’s Virgin Media British Academy of Film & Television TV Awards.

Among those nominated is Bollywood and Hollywood star Anupam Kher for his role in last year’s ‘The Boy with the Top Knot’, a one-off 90 minute TV drama, adapted from journalist and novelist Sathnam Sanghera’s memoir with the same title published in 2009. Kher is up for a best supporting role.

Deeyah Khan

The star was in London recently and spoke of his struggles breaking into the Bollywood as an outsider – sleeping on railway platforms in Mumbai and taking every role he could just to make ends meet at the start of his career.

Anupam Kher with his on-screen family in The Boy with Top Knot’

Asim Chaudhry is nominated for his role as lovable rogue ‘Chabuddy G’ in the hit original BBC 3 series, ‘People just do nothing’ which triumphed at the Baftas last year in the scripted comedy category. This time Chaudhry gets the nod in the best Male Performance in a Comedy programme category.

BBC commissioning editor Ayesha Rafaele has two of her programmes in the single drama category – ‘Against the Law’ (about a time when homosexuality was illegal) and ‘Murdered for being different’ (about the murder of Sohpie Lawrence who dressed as a Goth). She also commissioned and made the award-winning and hugely influential, ‘Murdered by my Father’ (2016) and for which actor Adeel Akhtar won a keading actor.

Deeyah Khan’s ‘White Right – Meeting the Enemy (Exposure)’ a documentary broadcast on ITV about the American Alt Right movement is named in the Current Affairs category.
Sanjay Singhal ‘s ‘One Deadly weekend in America’ receives a nomination for single documentary.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy is part of the team nominated at Channel 4 for ‘The Grenfell Tower Fire’ in the news coverage section. Sky News’ reports on the ‘Rohingya Crisis’ is also nominated in the same section.

‘Emmerdale’ which features Bhasker Patel, is named in the Soap and Continuing Drama section.

Sunil Patel from Whisper Films appears in the Sport Category. The company broadcast ‘UEFA: Women’s Euro Semi-Final: England Vs Netherlands’.

The nominations were announced on April 4 and the awards ceremony takes place on Sunday May 13 and Sue Perkins is the host.

Those people referred to above in the categories with respective nominees only…

For the full list of categories and nominations, please go to

Top Picture caption: Anupam Kher, Chabbudy G (Asim Chaudhry); Krishnan Guru-Murthy; Sinil Patel, Ayesha Rafaele; Sanjay Singhal

Current Affairs
RAPED: MY STORY Production Team – Lambent Productions / Channel 5
SYRIA’S DISAPPEARED: THE CASE AGAINST ASSAD (DISPATCHES) Sara Afshar, Nicola Cutcher, Callum Macrae – Afshar Films / Channel 4
UNDERCOVER: BRITAIN’S IMMIGRATION SECRETS (PANORAMA) Karen Wightman, Joe Plomin, Callum Tulley, Gary Beelders – BBC Current Affairs / BBC One
WHITE RIGHT: MEETING THE ENEMY (EXPOSURE) Deeyah Khan, Darin Prindle, Andrew Smith, Melanie Quigley – Fuuse Films / ITV

Male performance in a comedy programme
ASIM CHAUDHRY People Just Do Nothing – Roughcut TV / BBC Three
ROB BRYDON The Trip to Spain – Revolution Films / Baby Cow Productions / Small Man Productions / Sky Atlantic
SAMSON KAYO Famalam – BBC Studios / BBC Two
TOBY JONES Detectorists – Channel X North / Treasure Trove Productions / Lola Entertainment / BBC Four

News Coverage
THE BATTLE FOR MOSUL (SKY NEWS) Production Team – Sky News
THE GRENFELL TOWER FIRE (CHANNEL 4 NEWS) Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Jackie Long, Cathy Newman, Ben de Pear – ITN / Channel 4
THE ROHINGYA CRISIS (SKY NEWS) Production Team – Sky News

Single Documentary
CHRIS PACKHAM: ASPERGER’S AND ME Charlie Russell, Lizzie Kempton, Tom Barry, Will Grayburn – Raw TV / BBC Two
LOUIS THEROUX, TALKING TO ANOREXIA Louis Theroux, Ellena Wood, Simon McMahon, Peter Dale – BBC Studios / BBC Two
ONE DEADLY WEEKEND IN AMERICA Sanjay Singhal, Ursula Macfarlane, Jon Alwen, Sarah Hunt – Voltage TV Productions / BBC Three
RIO FERDINAND: BEING MUM AND DAD Rio Ferdinand, Grant Best, Matt Smith, Martin Thompson – Only The Best Productions / BBC One

Single Drama
AGAINST THE LAW Aysha Rafaele, Scott Bassett, Fergus O’Brien, Brian Fillis – BBC Studios / BBC Two
HANG THE DJ (BLACK MIRROR) Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, Tim Van Patten, Nick Pitt – House of Tomorrow / Netflix
KING CHARLES III Mike Bartlett, Greg Brenman, Rupert Goold, Simon Maloney – Drama Republic / BBC Two
MURDERED FOR BEING DIFFERENT Aysha Rafaele, Scott Bassett, Paul Andrew Williams, Nick Leather – BBC Studios / BBC Three

ANTHONY JOSHUA v. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO Adam Smith, Ed Robinson, Sara Chenery, Jennie Blackmore – Sky Sports / Sky Sports Box Office
SIX NATIONS: WALES v. ENGLAND Production Team – BBC Sport / BBC One
THE GRAND NATIONAL Paul McNamara, Richard Willoughby, Amy Lewin, Tony Cahalane – ITV Sport / ITV
UEFA WOMEN’S EURO SEMI-FINAL: ENGLAND V. NETHERLANDS Sunil Patel, Mark Cole, Kay Satterley, Ian Finch – Whisper Films / Channel 4

Supporting Actor
ADRIAN DUNBAR Line of Duty – World Productions / BBC One
ANUPAM KHER The Boy with the Topknot – Kudos / Parti Productions / BBC Two
BRÍAN F. O’BYRNE Little Boy Blue – ITV Studios / ITV
JIMMI SIMPSON USS Callister (Black Mirror) – House of Tomorrow / Netflix

Baftas 2017

BAFTA 2017 – awards for Adeel Akhtar, ‘Muslims Like US and ‘People Just Do Nothing’ with Asim Chaudhry

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