Watch TV Like a Brit: BAFTA Winners You Can Stream

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On Sunday evening the UK television industry honored their own at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards. Broadcast on BBC One, the BAFTA ceremony was held at the Royal Festival Hall in London and was hosted by former Great British Bake Off  (or Great British Baking Show to us Americans) presenter Sue Perkins. The complete list of winners, featuring access to all the acceptance speeches, can be found here

Considering American viewers may not be familiar with many of these programs, it seemed more appropriate to highlight those we can access rather than post the entire list of winners. Fortunately, with the creation of new streaming platforms and a proliferation of American partnerships with UK broadcasters, availability of British content in the US continues to grow every year. And I for one couldn’t be more pleased.

And now on to the winners…

Brian F. O’ Byrne

Category: Best Supporting Actor

Program: Little Boy Blue, an ITV mini-series which dramatized the 2007 murder of eleven-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool.

Role: Rhys’ father, Steve Jones. Though devasted by the shocking murder of his boy, Steve’s approach to dealing with the difficult police investigation and subsequent trial causes fractures in his relationship with his wife Melanie (Sinead Keenan) who continues to suffer an all-consuming grief.

Where can I watch it: BritBox

 

Vanessa Kirby

Category: Best Supporting Actress

Program: The Crown, a Netflix historical drama that focuses on the events, political rivalries and romances of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

Role: Princess Margaret, the spirited, rebellious younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy). Kirby was awarded the BAFTA for her performance in Season 2, which centers on Margaret’s relationship with her new love interest Antony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode), a photographer whom she goes on to marry after learning that her former fiancé, Peter Townsend, is engaged.

Where can I watch it: Netflix

 

“Mother Pilot Whale Grieves”

Category: Virgin TV'S Must-See Moment

Program: Blue Planet II, a BBC nature documentary series on marine life, narrated and presented by Sir David Attenborough. Though the show didn’t win in the Specialist Factual category, the public voted for this specific “on-screen moment that truly resonated with TV fans across the UK.”

Where can I watch it: BBCAmerica.com or the mobile app (for the channel’s subscribers only)

 

Casualty

Program: With 1100 episodes aired over 20+ years, BBC's Casualty  is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world. Each week, it thrusts viewers into the midst of the life-and-death drama one would expect to find in the Accident and Emergency department of a city hospital.

Category: Best Soap Opera and Continuing Drama

Where can I watch it: BritBox

 

Toby Jones

Category: Best Male Performance in a Comedy

Program: Detectorists, a BBC sitcom about two friends, each with their own slightly dysfunctional lives, who dream of finding a priceless treasure that will guarantee their place in metal detecting history. Helping them along the way is a quirky crowd of fellow detectorists who are equally obsessed with this hobby.

Role: Lance Slater, a divorced fork-lift truck driver with a long-lost daughter and a new girlfriend. Lance’s favorite things to do are go metal detecting on local farmland where his encyclopedic knowledge of trivia comes in handy and to shoot the philosophical breeze with his best friend Andy (Mackenzie Crook).

Where can I watch it: Series 3, for which Jones won the BAFTA this year, can only be found on Acorn TV. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

 

Sean Bean

Category: Best Leading Actor  

Program: Broken is a BBC mini-series about a Catholic priest in a Northern English parish trying to serve his soul weary, poverty-stricken flock while wrestling with his own demons.

Role: Father Michael Kerrigan is a good man - selfless, empathetic, dedicated to God and honest to fault. And, like everyone, he’s less than perfect. Despite suffering from his own troubles stemming from a traumatic childhood, Father Kerrigan attempts to guide some of his most troubled parishioners through the crises and hardships of everyday life. 

Where can I watch it: BritBox

 

Graham Norton

Category: Best Entertainment Performance

Program: The Graham Norton Show is more like a party than a traditional chat show. All the guests usually come out at the start of the broadcast to share embarrassing anecdotes or show off a special skill they possess. Each star has an alcoholic beverage at the ready and there’s plenty of audience participation including stories from the Red Chair.

Where can I watch it: BBCAmerica.com or the mobile app (for the channel’s subscribers only)

 

Peaky Blinders

Program: Peaky Blinders is a BBC-produced gangster family epic set in Birmingham after the end of World War I. The main focus is the titular gang and their ambitious leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Over the seasons, the gang fights back against establishment forces who vow to stop them, all the while expanding their organization in both illegal and legitimate ways. In this award winning fourth season, the Shelbys are threatened with annihilation by another dangerous crime family so Tommy regroups his clan and a fight for survival begins.

Category: Best Drama Series

Where can I watch it: Netflix

 

So there you have it, a sampling of the award-winning British television available to watch from the comfort of your couch. Are any of the offerings new to you? Some are already bound to be favorites. If so, which ones? Let's talk telly in the comments section below!


Carmen Croghan

Carmen Croghan often looks at the state of her British addiction and wonders how it got so out of hand.  Was it the re-runs of Monty Python on PBS, that second British Invasion in the 80’s or the royal pomp and pageantry of Charles and Diana’s wedding? Whatever the culprit, it led her to a college semester abroad in London and over 25 years of wishing she could get back to the UK again.  Until she is able, she fills the void with British telly, some of her favorites being comedies such as The Office, The IT Crowd, Gavin and Stacey, Alan Partridge, Miranda and Green Wing. Her all-time favorite series, however, is Life On Mars. A part-time reference library staffer, she spends an inordinate amount of time watching just about any British series she can track down which she then writes about for her own blog Everything I Know about the UK, I Learned from the BBC.  She is excited to be contributing to Telly Visions and endeavors to share her Anglo-zeal with its readers.