Bafta bends own rules for Killing Eve as drama tops TV nominations

Lawrence Kim
March 30, 2019

They also say "a United Kingdom broadcaster must have the primary editorial control over the programme".

"You couldn't have a more British show than Killing Eve", he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

It premiered in the U.S. on BBC America last April, five months before it arrived on BBC One and the iPlayer and in that, the Bafta made a decision to allow a bend in its rules; they generally say shows must have been broadcast in the United Kingdom first to be eligible.

JODIE COMER has teased her fate ahead of the second series of BBC hit Killing Eve as she stumbles through the streets of Paris looking bewildered and bloodied.

Killing Eve received 14 nominations, nine of which were eligible under Bafta's criteria, and five of which were deemed eligible by the TV committee due to the significant creative contribution from key United Kingdom talent throughout the production. However, the fact that the series premiered in the U.S. five months before its United Kingdom debut remains unaddressed.

The organisation claims that of the 14, nine nominations fit the eligibility rules and five were "deemed eligible" by the committee.

Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, BBCA's Killing Eve centers on two women: Eve, a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn't fulfill her fantasies of being a spy, and Villanelle, an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. The series was also originally in development at British broadcaster Sky before eventually being optioned by BBC America.

Sid Gentle said in a statement that it was "absolutely thrilled" its "small small British series has made waves around the world". A launch is expected on BBC One and Three later this year. The programme was also nominated for a Drama TV Series Golden Globe.

As well as being nominated for Killing Eve, Jodie Comer's 15-minute BBC Four drama Bovril Pam - part of a series of eight short monologues written and performed by women - is up for the short-form award.

What are Bafta's nomination rules?


The bloodthirsty scenes might prove why Phoebe Waller-Bridge's drama has an impressive 14 nods at this year's television Baftas, sponsored by Virgin Media. In order to be eligible for the BAFTAs, shows must have their worldwide premiere in the United Kingdom and let creative control "reside within the UK".

'Where your programme falls outside of this eligibility, it can only be considered in the global category.

'Programmes that are self-commissioned and self-published are not eligible for the Television Awards'.

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