Wednesday, April 11, 2007

TV BAFTAs 2007: Where's Who?

Don't get me wrong, I loved Life on Mars and am delighted to see John Simm getting a nomination nod for his glorious turn in the series (though why Glenister misses out is a bafflement: it's hardly his staple style performance of a role whereas you could say that Simm was doing what he does best: witty / angsty emotion).

But why no nod for Who in Drama Series?

Last year it was nominated and won; fine, no objections to that since the show had been fabulously reinvigorated by the arrival of RTD and Eccleston's Doctor/Piper's Rose. But those nominations were for NewWho Series one and were announced prior to the second series launching.

Now I know that NewWho season two was inconsistent (possibly no less so than the first, but it perhaps felt more inconsistent), but heavens to betsy. NOTHING this year in the acting categories (not even the Pioneer Audience Award) and scarcely a decent nod in even the BAFTA Craft awards?! Come on, Editing (fine), even Visual Effects (for The Mill): but really - was this not the series that gave us "The Girl in the Fireplace"?! I'm not asking for "Fear Her" to be rewarded as an individual episode (though it did have some nice hand and oral fixation moments alongside the briefly wonderful scribble monster). But surely something for writing, directing, could have been found, not least for GitF? They don't even get a nod for costumes or make-up! I mean, love or loath 'em, but surely the Cat Nuns deserved something for their pains?

After last year's hoopla success, is this really the proof RTD would hope to ignore that the backlash has well and truly started, or is it simply business as usual for the TV BAFTAs, returning to form after last year's glitch praised genre TV?

2 comments:

AnnaWaits said...

I really don't get it either! Nothing?!

Dean said...

The sad truth is, I'm more surprised that Life On Mars got a nod at all, given it's sci-fi elements.

Who was such a big thing last year that I think the BAFTA panel realised that they couldn't get away with ignoring it without losing face so grudgingly bowed to public opinion on the matter. But this year's doesn't carry the same sort of clout in terms of media coverage etc, as it's just "The Next Series of Doctor Who", not "The long-awaited return of Doctor Who in fantastic new modernised form".

The relative merits of series one and two are pretty irrelevent really, it's all down to how much they've been seen in the public eye, and if BAFTA can get away with leaving them out this year.