Bri­tish academy tele­vi­sion awards 2018

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - THE TV PAGES -

Be­fore the small mat­ter of a cer­tain royal wed­ding later in the week, first comes a more than ad­e­quate hors d’oeu­vre of glam­our in the shape of an ocean of stars turn­ing up at London’s Royal Fes­ti­val Hall for Bri­tish tele­vi­sion’s premier awards.

There’s an almighty clash of the ti­tans in some cat­e­gories, par­tic­u­larly Lead­ing Ac­tress in which the bril­liant per­for­mance by Thandie New­ton (above) in Line Of Duty is vy­ing for hon­ours with that of Claire Foy as Her Majesty in The Crown. It’s dif­fi­cult to see past a posthu­mous award for Lead­ing Ac­tor for the late, lamented Tim Pig­ott-Smith in King Charles III; mean­while, look out for Rob Bry­don, Anna Friel and Adrian Dun­bar among other view­ers’ favourites.

But there’s one man cer­tain to be clutch­ing a tro­phy: John Mot­son, given a Bafta Spe­cial Award af­ter more than half a cen­tury as one of the great­est sports broad­cast­ers Bri­tain’s ever seen.

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