2016 TV BAFTAs Predictions

Ahead of the TV BAFTAs tonight, I predict the big winners. Depending on my level of knowledge about each category, this is a mix of genuine expectations, fervent hopes and utter guesswork.

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall – MY PICK

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Stellan Skarsgård, River – SHOULD BE HERE


Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster – MY PICK

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word


Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten – MY PICK

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber


Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River – MY PICK

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting


Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, QI – MY PICK

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur


Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A – MY PICK

Toby Jones, Detectorists

Peter Kay, Peter Kay’s Car Share

Javone Prince, The Javone Prince Show


Female performance in a comedy programme

Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum

Sian Gibson, Peter Kay’s Car Share

Miranda Hart, Miranda

Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe – MY PICK


Drama series


The Last Panthers

No Offence

Wolf Hall – MY PICK


Single drama

The C-Word

Cyberbully – MY PICK

Don’t Take My Baby

The Go-Between



Doctor Foster

The Enfield Haunting

London Spy

This is England ’90 – MY PICK


Soap and continuing drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders – MY PICK


Holby City



The Good Wife


Spiral – MY PICK



Entertainment programme

Adele at the BBC – MY PICK

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing

TFI Friday Anniversary Special


Comedy and comedy entertainment programme

Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe

Have I Got News For You


Would I Lie to You


Scripted comedy

Chewing Gum

Peep Show – MY PICK

People Just Do Nothing

Peter Kay’s Car Share



Back in Time for Dinner

The Great British Bake Off – MY PICK

Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild

Travel Man


Radio Times Audience Award

Doctor Foster

The Great British Bake Off


Making a Murderer

Peter Kay’s Car Share

Poldark – MY PICK


Current affairs

Children of the Gaza War

Escape from Isis (Dispatches)

Jihad: A British Story – MY PICK

Outbreak: The Truth about Ebola


Single documentary

Bitter Lake

Life After Suicide

Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids – MY PICK

My Son the Jihadi


Factual series

The Detectives

Great Ormond Street – MY PICK

The Murder Detectives

The Tribe


Reality and constructed factual

First Dates

Gogglebox – MY PICK

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds


Specialist factual

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

Grayson Perry’s Dream House

The Hunt – MY PICK

Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom


News coverage

BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special – MY PICK

Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre

ITV News at Ten: Refugee Crisis

Sky News: From Turkey to Greece



The Ashes (Sky Sports)

The Grand National (Channel 4)

MOTD Live: FA Cup Final (BBC One)

Six Nations: Final Day (BBC One) – MY PICK


Live event

Big Blue Live (BBC One)

The Sound of Music Live! (ITV)

Stargazing Live: Brit in Space, Tim Peake Special (BBC Two) – MY PICK

The Vote (More4)


The 2016 TV BAFTAs are being broadcast from 8pm on BBC One tonight.

Alex Nicholson


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