New BAFTA Scholarship Opportunities
We’re excited to announce the launch of new scholarship opportunities for UK & Hong Kong residents!
Two UK nationals will have the chance to study a postgraduate course in film, television or games in Hong Kong; a further two scholarships will be available for permanent residents of Hong Kong to study in the UK.
Find out more about the scholarships here.
Five things We Learnt from Charlotte Moore
This morning we were joined by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One to discuss the ins and outs of BBC One from commissioning to the future of Bake Off and of the impact of Twitter on television. Here are five things we learnt…
1. Moore considers the "ability to be the talking point, that national conversation, to get everybody buzzing around something is what BBC One does so well".
2. That a crucial aim for the channel in 2014 is to "create TV moments that get everybody round the television".
3. There are no plans to drastically revamp The Great British Bake Off. Moore noted how "I don’t think moving [Bake Off] to [BBC] One is about changing the integrity of the show or the authenticity of the experience".
4. That "if you want an audience that is diverse you’ve got to make sure the people making the programmes […] are broad and diverse as well".
5. How Twitter is "like reading the critics". Moore believes that "if you want to have a conversation with an audience [Twitter] is a great part of that, but it would be mad to think you are going to make creative judgments on that".
A Young Doctor’s Notebook: TV Q&A
Daniel Radcliffe joins the writers and directors of A Young Doctor’s Notebook to discuss the show and its direction ahead of the start of its second season on Sky Arts.
Watch the British Academy Children’s Award in 2013 online!
Last Sunday’s ceremony is now available to watch in full, including the presentation of the Special Award to Biddy Baxter by Sir David Attenborough.
Horrible Histories makes history!
On Sunday 24 November, the BBC educational sketch series became the first programme to win four consecutive BAFTA awards at the British Children’s Academy Awards; topping the Comedy category again.
Doctor Who & BAFTA
To celebrate Doctor Who reaching its fiftieth anniversary tomorrow, we’ve unearthed more facts about BAFTA and Doctor Who than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at!
So sit back, relax and read on…
Give Something Back Launches
Today BAFTA welcomed HRH The Duke of Cambridge to formally launch a major new campaign to support young people from all backgrounds to enter the film, television and games industries.
The initiative asks BAFTA members, award winners and industry organisations to aid BAFTA’s charitable activities through mentoring, scholarships, guest lectures and work placements.
An Absolutely Fabulous Throwback Thursday from 20 years ago, Joanna Lumley & Jennifer Saunders at the BAFTA Television Awards in 1993.
Biddy Baxter to receive Special Award at the Children’s Awards
Biddy Baxter, editor of Blue Peter from 1962-1988 and creator of the iconic Blue Peter badge, will be honoured with the Special Award at the BAFTA Children’s Awards on 24 November.
On hearing about her award, Baxter stated:
"I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had such a long and rewarding broadcasting career, and to have worked with such talented and creative colleagues and so many outstanding presenters! Thank you BAFTA so very much for this unexpected and greatly prized Award."