Small Axe, The Crown lead race for UK’s BAFTA TV awards

A series of plays exploring the experiences of London’s West Indian community from the 1960s to the 1980s, Small X received 15 nominations on Wednesday for the British Academy Television Awards.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has received Best Director nominations for the BBC series, and acting nominations for John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Sean Parks, Malachi Kirby and Missel Ward. Small Axis is also nominated for Best Miniseries.

The Royal Drama The Crown has been nominated for the awards in 10 categories, including the Best Drama Series, the UK equivalent of Emmis. Josh O’Connor, Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter have acted in the Netflix series for their performances as Prince Charles, Prince Philip, and Princess Margaret.

Other major contenders include I May Destroy, a powerful play by writer-artist Michaela Koel, about a woman dealing with sexual harassment, with eight nominations, including Best Miniseries. Ordinary People, an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel about star-crossed Irish lovers, has seven nominations.

The awards will be given in two ceremonies: craft categories on 24 May and the remainder during a television program on 6 June.

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