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Richard Ayoade to host the 2020 BAFTA TV Awards for the first time

This year's Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place on Friday 31st July and broadcast as-live on BBC One.

Two weeks earlier on Friday 17th July, Stephen Mangan will return to host his ninth British Academy Television Craft Awards which will be streamed as-live online through BAFTAs social channels including their YouTube channel.

Nominations for both awards will be announced on Thursday 4 June at 7:30am with the Virgin Media Must-See Moment nominees announced a day earlier at 8am.

Speaking about taking on hosting duties for one of the biggest nights in the TV calendar, Richard Ayoade said “I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead.”

In accordance with current restrictions, both Awards will take place as closed studio, socially-distanced shows, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually.

Stephen Mangan first hosted the BAFTA Craft Awards in 2011. Talking about returning to host the awards for a ninth time, Stephen said “I’m absolutely delighted to be hosting the BAFTA Craft Awards again - handing out our industry’s highest accolades to the people who make this country’s television world-leading."

Before adding "The format might have to change a little this year but nothing will stop me putting on black tie and celebrating their success.”

BAFTA's Chief Executive, Amanda Berry OBE said "We are delighted to confirm the new dates and formats for both the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards this year."

"We want to celebrate and reward the talented individuals who make up the television industry, both behind and in-front of the camera, many of whom have continued to entertain and inform the nation in recent weeks."

"I am thrilled that Richard Ayoade will be hosting the Television Awards for the first time, with Stephen Mangan joining us for a ninth time to host the Television Craft Awards, with them at the helm both events are set to be great entertainment."

"Following the success of the online British Academy Games Awards in March, we are proud to be delivering a further two Awards shows during this difficult time.”

Whilst BBC's Commissioning Controller Entertainment, Kate Phillips added “I’m really pleased we’re able to bring the BAFTA TV Awards 2020 to BBC One next month. As always they will celebrate the best of British TV throughout the year, as well as highlight the great programming and memorable moments that have entertained so many throughout recent tough times.”

Previously, Richard Ayoade won a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd and has been nominated for a BAFTA on two other occasions, once in the British Academy Film Awards, for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Submarine and again for Travel Man, which was nominated for Best Feature in the Television Awards in 2017.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards will be streamed online Friday 17th July

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards will air Friday 31st July on BBC One


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