The Bafta TV Awards took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Center this month
And it was a surprising night in many ways, snubbing one of last year’s biggest fan-favorite shows.
It’s A Sin, a five-part miniseries set against the backdrop of the AID crisis in 1980s London, was a devastating and heartwarming testimony of friendship in the most painful of circumstances.
What was It’s A Sin nominated for?
It’s A Sin had the most nominations for a show at this year’s awards with five.
Yet despite all of these nominations, the show failed to convert any into a win, and the cast and crew walked out of the ceremony without a gong between them.
Years & Years singer Olly Alexander was nominated for Lead for his role as Ritchie on the show, while Lydia West, who played Jill, was nominated for Lead.
Alexander was beaten by Sean Bean for his role as a new inmate in a rough prison on the drama series Time, and West lost to Jodie Comer, who played a caretaker on the pandemic series Help.
It’s A Sin was also nominated for a miniseries, had three supporting actor nominations and one particularly emotional scene was slated for Virgin Media’s must-see moment.
Again, It’s A Sin beat time to win the miniseries award, Matthew Macfadyen won the supporting actor award for his role in Succession, and Strictly Come Dancing clinched the win for Must-See Moment.
It’s A Sin picked up two wins for Editing: Fiction and Director: Fiction at the Bafta TV Craft Awards in April.
Has It’s A Sin been snubbed?
While it’s not entirely fair to say that the program deserved victory in every category, it does feel a bit odd that one of the biggest (and most important) shows of the year didn’t win a single Bafta TV award.
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice’s symphony performance on Strictly Come Dancing always felt like a must-see moment plug-in, and Sean Bean’s lead performance on Time was exceptional, so perhaps their wins can be forgiven.
But while Time was a fantastically scholarly series, with every scene seared with suspense, it’s hard to argue that it deserved to beat It’s A Sin for best miniseries.
It’s A Sin took viewers on a journey that traversed the entire spectrum of human emotion and was an instructive moment about a very recent but little-known part of British history.
What is truly incomprehensible is that Callum didn’t deserve Best Supporting Actor for Scott Howells’ performance as the tragic and innocent Colin.
What else was snubbed at the 2022 Bafta TV Awards?
Netflix also gave the awards show the cold shoulder after collecting nominations in six categories and winning none.
The most egregious of these losses was Ncuti Gatwa (recently announced as a new Doctor Who star) for male performances in a comedy program for his role in sex education.
Gatwa lost to Jamie Demetriou for his role on the sitcom Stath Lets Flats.
Additionally, Netflix’s smash hit Squid Game, which was viewed by more than 140 million people in its first 28 days on the platform, lost its international series award to Amazon’s The Underground Railroad.