How To Watch The BAFTA TV Awards Live

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It’s awards season, and for UK TV they don’t come any bigger than the BAFTA TV Awards, the de facto gold standard for British television. We’re all used to spending the next morning arguing about who should have won what, but the really committed will watch the show live – though if you want to watch the BAFTAs from the US, you might need to book an afternoon off work.

The nominations are now out, and Black Mirror, The Crown, and Line of Duty are leading the way on the drama front, with This Country and Catastrophe at the front of the pack for comedy.

When are the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards?

The 2018 BAFTA TV Awards will be held in London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 13 May 2018 and hosted by Bake Off star Sue Perkins (returning after a successful stint last year).

The show takes place in the evening, with coverage last year beginning around 8pm BST, but we don’t yet have exact timing for the 2018 show.

Which channel are the TV BAFTAs on?

If you’re in the UK, the easiest way to watch the BAFTAs is simply on BBC One, which will be televising coverage on the night, though you’ll also be able to watch red carpet arrivals on the BAFTA website and on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (search ‘BAFTA’) and YouTube channels.

As of yet no US broadcaster has been announced for the awards.

How to watch the BAFTAs online

If you’re in the UK and pay the licence fee, the easiest way to watch the BAFTAs online will be through BBC iPlayer, which you can use to watch BBC One live.

This will also be the best (and potentially only) way to watch the awards live if you’re outside the US. You’ll want to use a VPN like NordVPN or Hidden24, currently our recommended VPN for iPlayer, which will let you browse as if you’re based in the UK, and access iPlayer as normal.

As always, bear in mind that this is breaking the BBC’s terms of service, so proceed at your own risk. You’ll also need to set up a free iPlayer account, which requires a valid UK post code.

Who is hosting the 2018 TV BAFTAs?

This year Sue Perkins (most recently of Bake Off fame) will be hosting the ceremony for the second time, making her one of the few hosts to ever run the show for consecutive years.

She’s returning despite (mild) controversy last year when she swore during the show’s intro, prompting the BBC’s censors to jump in and cut the whole segment – which was in fact a joke about the joys of swearing during live shows: “I live for live. Give me a seven second delay and I will use it, you blistering c***faced f*** trumpets.”

Who was nominated for the BAFTA TV Awards?

We’ve picked out the nominations in the biggest categories below, but take a look at the full list of nominations here.

Drama series

The Crown (Netflix)
End of the F***ing World (Channel 4)
Line of Duty (BBC One)
Peaky Blinders (BBC)

Leading actress

Claire Foy – The Crown (Netflix)
Molly Windsor – Three Girls (BBC One)
Sinead Keenan – Little Boy Blue (ITV)
Thandie Newton – Line of Duty (BBC One)

Leading actor

Jack Rowan – Born To Kill (Channel 4)
Joe Cole – Hang The DJ: Black Mirror (Netflix)
Sean Bean – Broken (BBC)
Tim Pigott-Smith – King Charles III (BBC)

Scripted comedy

Catastrophe (Channel 4)
Chewing Gum (Channel 4)
This Country (BBC Three)
Timewasters (ITV2)

Female performance in a comedy programme

Anna Maxwell Martin – Motherland (BBC Two)
Daisy May Cooper – This Country (BBC Three)
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe (Channel 4)
Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share (Channel 4)

Male performance in a comedy programme

Asim Chaundry – People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)
Rob Brydon – The Trip to Spain (BBC)
Samson Kayo – Famalam (BBC Three)
Toby Jones – Detectorists (BBC Four)


Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4)
Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic)
Feud: Bette and Joan (BBC Two)
The Vietnam War (BBC)

Entertainment programme

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
Michael Mcintyre’s Big Show (BBC One)
The Voice UK (ITV)


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