Richard Ayoade jokes that there was “no atmosphere” at TV Baftas
Richard Ayoade had his work cut out for this year’s TV Baftas – with most of the nominees attending the secure Covid ceremony via video link, and only a small audience attending the debates in person.
The event – which took place last night (June 6) – was the latest in a long list of award ceremonies that have been affected by the pandemic, with many feeling the absence of excitement and usual buzz at recent Oscars and Golden Globes.
Comedian Ayoade hosted this year’s British Academy Television Awards, and he himself joked about the awkwardness of it all, saying in his opening speech: ‘In just two weeks, the nationwide lockdown may be lifted. , but why wait until then to have this show? I like things without atmosphere.
As the audience laughed and clapped, he replied, “Thank you, it’s good to wait three minutes to show signs of appreciation.”
It is believed that technical difficulties caused a delay in connecting with the virtual audience.
Ayoade then joked that the virtual audience “differs from actual audience members in that they can very well watch this throughout.”
Michaela Coel and Paul Mescal won some of the top prizes at the awards show.
Coel was present at the ceremony to receive the award for best miniseries and took the time to thank the team members who worked on I can destroy you. She later won the coveted Leading Actress Award, thanking her fellow nominees, including Normal peopleby Daisy Edgar Jones and I hate Suzieis Billie Piper.
Charlie Cooper won the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Program, for his role in This country, while Aimee Lou Wood won the female performance in a comedy program for Sex education.
You can find the full list of winners here and the talking points for the evening here.