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Entertainment BAFTA changes eligibility rules after Killing Eve controversy

05:10  09 october  2019
05:10  09 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jodie Comer posing for the camera: Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer were all winners at this year's BAFTA TV awards © Getty Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer were all winners at this year's BAFTA TV awards

BAFTA has announced changes to its eligibility rules following controversy over Killing Eve's inclusion earlier this year.

The critically acclaimed show, which premiered in the US, led the ceremony with several prizes at the 2019 TV awards, despite BAFTA rules stating that a programme must have premiered in the UK to be eligible.

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Bafta has changed its eligibility rules following controversy over Killing Eve ’s inclusion at this year’s TV awards. The hit drama, which premiered in Hannah Wyatt, chair of Bafta ’s television committee, said: “ Bafta is committed to rewarding British productions that can be enjoyed by British audiences.

Bafta rules would suggest that Killing Eve should only be eligible for a nomination in the international series category, rather than the 14 – including best drama series and best actress nods for Comer and Oh – it ultimately The television committee is the arbiter of all eligibility ,” the statement said.

At the TV awards in May, Jodie Comer, who plays assassin Villanelle in Killing Eve, won the award for leading actress, while Fiona Shaw was named best supporting actress, and the show won best drama series overall.

The show was produced in the UK but commissioned by BBC America, a subscription network jointly owned by BBC Studios and AMC, and so aired in the US first.

Now, BAFTA has said that UK programmes will no longer be required to premiere in the UK, enabling "the very best British creators and content to be recognised by BAFTA regardless of where the show is first transmitted".

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Killing Eve may have scored 14 nominations for the forthcoming BAFTA TV Awards and BAFTA TV Craft Awards but its entry isn’t without controversy . The BAFTA eligibility requirements note that for a show to qualify for a nomination it “must have had the worldwide premiere transmission in the UK.”

BAFTA has confirmed it changes its rules to allow Killing Eve nominations ahead of its 2019 TV Awards. Despite the series receiving 14 nominations in total, BAFTA has since confirmed that its eligibility criteria had been adapted to include the Phoebe Waller-Bridge hit.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Jodie Comer, winner of the Best Leading Actress Award for 'Killing Eve' poses in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) © 2019 Karwai Tang LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Jodie Comer, winner of the Best Leading Actress Award for 'Killing Eve' poses in the Press Room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Award at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Programmes which first aired outside the UK will qualify for the production categories if they are broadcast to UK audiences within the calendar year.

Hannah Wyatt, chair of BAFTA's television committee, said: "We are always looking to reflect the ever-changing industry, ensuring our rules remain fit for purpose.

"As we see British creative talent and productions increasingly capturing global audiences, we feel now in the right time to make this adjustment."

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BAFTA is also planning to introduce the BFI's (British Film Institute) diversity standards for all UK production categories in time for the 2021 awards, taking race, gender, disability, age, socioeconomic background and sexual orientation into account.

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BBC thriller Killing Eve leads this year's Bafta TV Award nominations, with its stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer both up for best actress. The television committee is the arbiter of all eligibility ." London-based author Luke Jennings, who wrote the books that Killing Eve was based on, said most

Killing Eve 's nominations were possible because Bafta bent its own eligibility criteria, which say shows "must have had the worldwide premiere transmission in the UK". The television committee is the arbiter of all eligibility ." London-based author Luke Jennings, who wrote the books that Killing

One of the rules requires a show to have at least one character from an under-represented group, as well as meeting one or more of a list of targets for secondary and minor characters, including a 50-50 gender balance, 20% belonging to an under-represented ethnic group and 10% to be LGBTQ+.

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