Daisy Maskell: Insomnia And Me: this new BBC documentary explores the reality of not being able to sleep
Kiss FM’s Daisy Maskell has lived with insomnia since the age of nine. Now, in a new documentary for the BBC, she’s exploring how the disorder has impacted her mental and physical health – and speaks to other young people dealing with the same problem.
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- I MAY DESTROY YOU WINS TWO BAFTAs; MICHAELA COEL WINS LEADING ACTRESS
- MALACHI KIRBY, PAUL MESCAL AND RAKIE AYOLA AMONG FIRST-TIME BAFTA WINNERS
- BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT’s DIVERSITY PERFORMANCE WINS VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of this year’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, celebrating and rewarding the very best programmes and performances of 2020. The Awards were hosted by Richard Ayoade and featured performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench and presenters including Adrian Dunbar, Bill Bailey, Catherine O’Hara, Jamie Demetriou, Jon Snow, Oti Mabuse, Rob Beckett, Rose Matafeo, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tommy Jessops and Zawe Ashton.
Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, the drama series featuring a woman who seeks to rebuild her life after a sexual assault, won two more BAFTAs, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel.
The Leading Actor award was won by first-time nominee Paul Mescal for his performance as Connor in Normal People.
Malachi Kirby, another first-time winner, won for his performance in Small Axe in the Supporting Actor category. Rakie Ayola won her first BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her performance in Anthony.
Another first-time nominee, Aimee Lou Wood won in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing Aimee Gibbs in Sex Education. Male Performance in a Comedy Programme was awarded to Charlie Cooper for his performance in This Country. Romesh Ranganathan received the BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for The Ranganation.
Save Me Too received the BAFTA for Drama Series and Sitting in Limbo won for Single Drama.
The Big Narstie Show won Comedy Entertainment Programme, its first win following its previous nomination in 2019. The BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Life & Rhymes. Scripted Comedy was awarded to Inside No 9.
The School That Tried to End Racism received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual. Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace won in the Features category. They Saw the Sun First won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.
Casualty was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama, its first since 2018. The Great House Giveaway won the BAFTA in the new Daytime category.
News Coverage was awarded to Sky News’ Inside Idlib, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to America’s War on Abortion (Exposure). International was awarded to Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville).
Once Upon a Time in Iraq received the BAFTA for Factual Series, Locked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) won Single Documentary and The Surgeon’s Cut won Specialist Factual.
England V West Indies Test Cricket triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to Springwatch 2020.
Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was won by Britain’s Got Talent for the moment when Diversity performed a routine inspired by the events of 2020.
Popular media personality and Walkley award-winning journalist, Marc Fennell, hosts The School That Tried to End Racism, an audacious three-part series commissioned by the ABC with production investment from Screen Australia.
Premiering later this year on ABC and ABC iview, the series explores a ground-breaking social experiment designed to educate school children in racial bias and provide them with the tools to make positive change.
Produced by Screentime Australia and filmed recently at a Western Sydney primary school, a team of inspirational educators and psychologists attempt to reverse the racial bias in an ordinary multicultural class of 10-11-year-old children. Using a bold new program for the first time in Australia, the series follows the students and their families as they confront racism head on in an effort to unpack the status quo.
Marc Fennell says “This series is one of the most important things I have ever been a part of. It’s about solutions. Too often, conversations about race in Australia get derailed by accusations, offense, and defensiveness. This program is about honesty and tangible, inclusive change. These big-hearted students, teachers, and families have taught me so much about what Australia could be. I can’t wait for you to meet them.”
ABC’s Managing Editor Factual, Richard Huddleston says “This is such a timely series, and my thanks go out to everyone from the school and its community who should be really proud of what they have achieved. Their collective experience will start conversations, create change and inspire audiences of all ages”.
Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Sally Caplan says “We are proud to support this documentary which is set to add to the critical conversation around racism and aims to inform the cultural debate on a confronting and complex issue. It’s a program that has the potential to inspire change and transform lives and I look forward to seeing it on ABC later this year.”
Deborah Spinocchia, Screentime Australia Executive Producer, says “It has been a truly humbling experience to work with students, teachers and parents who all courageously volunteered their time to tackle such an important issue. Watching the school program unfold offered insights into the deep thinking of young students while allowing space for self-reflection and the unsettling discovery of the toll of racism on both young and old.”
The School That Tries To End Racism will air on ABC and ABC iview later this year.
Production Credit: The School That Tried To End Racism is a Screentime Australia production for the ABC. Major production investment from the ABC in association with Screen Australia. Financed with support from Screen NSW. Screentime Executive Producers: Deborah Spinocchia and Johnny Lowry. Series Director: John Karabelas. ABC Commissioning Editor: Julie Hanna. ABC Managing Editor Factual: Richard Huddleston. ABC Head of Factual and Culture: Jennifer Collins.
Based on The School That Tried to End Racism: an original program by Proper Content Limited licensed and distributed by Banijay Rights Limited.
Charlotte Moore unveils landmark, with commissioners ‘more joined up than ever’
The BBC is to embed religious themes more regularly into programming across all genres as it unveils a Faith and Hope for Spring 2021 season complete with BBC1 landmark.
Chief content officer Charlotte Moore said her commissioning teams are “more joined up than ever” around cross-genre religious themes, helped by preparations for the commissioning restructure that kicks off next month.
A religious steering group led by Moore with commissioning editor Daisy Scalchi and several others is meeting once every two months and feeding back to genre teams on how they can better represent all religions, tell religious stories and cover areas such as live worship.
Speaking on a webinar this morning, Moore said the BBC’s behind-the-camera diversity push is also helping with attempts to represent people across the religious spectrum.
“The pandemic has changed how we’re thinking about reaching communities and the amount we can now communicate means we are much closer to our audiences,” she added.
Scalchi cited Saturday Kitchen spin-off Celebration Kitchen and landmarks such as BBC2 drama The Windermere Children and doc series Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime as “examples where religion can be included across a wide variety of content”.
A dedicated religion rail on iPlayer will soon launch, along with a BBC Sounds section.
“Conversations about religiosity have come to the surface since lockdown and we can see that reflected in the wider range of viewers who are coming to our religious programmes,” said Scalchi.
“We can also do more in terms of providing content about specific faiths or reflecting beliefs that may fall outside of a specific religious lens.”
Leading the Faith and Hope for Spring season is a BBC1 five-parter called Being… from Channel 4 Growth Fund indie Proper Content and Banijay-backed Workerbee.
Each episode will spotlight a different religious group, highlighting how faiths celebrate life’s big milestones.
Proper is forging the Jewish and Hindu episodes and Workerbee is behind Christian, Muslim and Sikh. David Dehaney and Michelle Chappell are exec producing.
BBC1 is also to show the Easter Day Eucharist with Archbishop of Canterbury next month, while BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Scotland are also behind other religious shows and there is a huge range of radio programming.
By: Max Goldbart
Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, we’re here to bring you five more sports stories you can watch on BBC iPlayer.
This week: a scandal that shook figure skating, personal testimonies from footballers on the receiving end of racial abuse, a touching tale about wrestling, bringing football back to Bury, and a tour with the Great Britain Lions.
Shame in The Game: Racism in Football
This BBC Three documentary came out in February 2020, but the experiences of Premier League players Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe and Romaine Sawyers this week show it remains depressingly relevant.
The film is made up of personal testimonies from players at different levels of the men’s and women’s games in England. Among them, Inih Effiong describes fans making racist gestures at him while he played for Dover Athletic, and former Tottenham defender Renee Hector speaks about the horrific abuse she was sent after suffering the first recorded case of racist abuse in women’s professional football.
It shows the devastating impact the abuse can have on the players and their families, and asks what can be done to stop it.
Watch Shame in The Game: Racism in Football
By Ciaran Varley
Release Date: 30th January 2021