At this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Television Awards within the Royal Festival Hall the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremony Volunteers were out in their best finery for a well deserved special night out.
Not only were the television stars greeted on the famous Red Carpet by members of the Pandemonium segment of the Opening Ceremony, in addition many volunteers had tickets to attend the ceremony and it was great for those lucky enough to be there to meet up with friends out of costume, with the ladies dressed in the most beautiful dresses and gowns, plus the gentlemen strictly black tie.
The London Olympics was recognised with three nominations at the BAFTA television awards, with Channel 4’s London 2012 Paralympic Games winning the Best Sport and Live Event Award.
The BBC “Twenty Twelve” sitcom (that spoofed the preparations for the Games) gained four nominations and won awards for Best Situation comedy and for one of its star’s, Olivia Colman, the award for Female Performance in a Comedy.
Clare Balding, who won a Bafta Special Award, said she was “aware this would not have happened if it weren’t for the magic of last summer”, referring to the 2012 Games, when she presented for both the BBC’s Olympic and Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage.
Hamish Hamilton, who directed the TV broadcasts of the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, was honoured by receiving the Special Award at the BAFTA Craft Awards on 28 April.