11 BAFTA nominees to stream on Showmax right now

The British Academy has spoken, releasing the nominees for their annual BAFTA TV Awards. Here are 11 you can stream on Showmax.

Chernobyl (HBO) 

Storyline: Chernobyl dramatises the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster

Nominations: The most nominated show this year, with 14 nominations, for Mini-series; Leading Actor (Jared Harris); Supporting Actor (Stellan Skarsgard); Director: Fiction (Johan Renck); Writer: Drama (Craig Mazin); Photography & Lighting; Editing: Fiction; Production Design; Costume Design; Sound: Fiction; Make Up & Hair Design; Original Music; Scripted Casting; &Special, Visual & Graphic Effects

Other accolades: 2020 Golden Globe winner for Best Limited Series and Best Supporting Actor (Stellan Skarsgård).  Won 10 Emmys in 2019, including Best Limited Series. IMDB’s top-rated scripted series this decade. The best reviewed limited Series of 2019 on Rotten Tomatoes 

His Dark Materials S1 (BBC)

Storyline: In this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s classic fantasy novels, Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and sets off a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust

Nominations: Photography & Lighting; Costume Design; Sound: Fiction; Special, Visual & Graphic Effects; Titles & Graphic Identity

Other accolades: Won Outstanding Character Animation at the 2020 Annie Awards. Nominated for a Satellite Award for Best TV Series: Genre; Best Cinematography at The British Society of Cinematographers Awards;  Best Title Design at SXSW; and a Visual Effects Society Award, among other honours

Gentleman Jack S1 (BBC)

Storyline: Set in 1832, Gentleman Jack focuses on real-life English landowner Anne Lister (BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones from Doctor Foster) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening her coal mines and marrying well – but not to a man

Nominations: Best Drama, Leading Actress (Suranne Jones)

Other accolades: Best Drama Series, Royal Television Society Awards 2020. Best Production Design, British Film Designers Guild Awards, 2019. Unsung TV Show of the Year nominee, The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, 2019. 90% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes. 8.2/10, IMDB

Brexit: The Uncivil War

Storyline: Everyone knows who won. Not everyone knows how. Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) stars as political strategist Dominic Cummings, who leads a popular but controversial campaign to convince British voters to leave the European Union

Nominations: Single Drama, Director: Fiction (Toby Haynes)

Other accolades: 2019 Emmy nominee for Best TV Movie. 2020 Critics Choice nominee for Best TV Movie. Gold Derby nominee for TV Movie of the Decade. Won Best Single Drama, Broadcast Awards, 2020. Single Drama nominee at The Royal Television Society Awards

Or you could watch last year’s big winner, Patrick Melrose, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, on Showmax here.

Succession S2 (HBO)

Storyline: Four very rich siblings behave very badly as they try to win their father’s approval – and control of his company, a global media empire

Nominations: Best International Series; Writer: Drama (Jesse Armstrong)

Other accolades: 2020 Golden Globe winner: Best TV Drama and Best Actor: Drama (Brian Cox). 2019 Emmy winner: Writing and Title Theme Music. Placed third on Metacritic’s aggregated list of TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists for 2019

Game of Thrones S8 (HBO)

Storyline: We’re guessing you’ve heard of this one, but just in case: Based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, this fantasy series revolves around the power struggles to claim the Iron Throne of Westeros

Nominations: Must-See Moments (Arya Kills The Night King), Costume Design

Other accolades: #11 on IMDB’s all-time Top Rated TV list, with a 9.3/10 rating. Won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage and record-breaking numbers of Emmys, among many other honours

Love Island UK S5

Storyline: All’s fair in love and war – and there’s plenty of both on Love Island, the hit reality show where if you’re not in a couple, you’re booted off the island…

Nominations: Must-See Moments (Michael recouples after Casa Amor); Entertainment Craft Team

Other accolades: Love Island won the BAFTA for Best Reality & Constructed Factual in 2018, when Stormzy’s surprise appearance also earned a ‘Must-See Moment’ nomination. Love Island also won National Reality TV Awards for Best Entertainment Show and Best Reality Competition Show in 2017

Untouchable: The Rise and Fall of Harvey Weinstein

Storyline: Untouchable tracks the rise and fall of the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, featuring interviews with former colleagues and accusers in the wake of the scandal that shook Hollywood and catapulted the #MeToo movement to a global phenomenon

Nominations: Editing: Factual; Photography: Factual

Other accolades: Untouchable has an 85% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Famalam S2

Storyline: This zany comedy sketch show features an array of oddball characters and off-the-wall situations, ranging from a misunderstood superhero to Croydon’s leading witch-doctor; a thwarted Nigerian philanthropist to a woke Barry White; and warring aunties to a Nollywood take on Love Island  

Nominations: Best Actress: Comedy (Nigerian-born Gbemisola Ikumelo) 

Other accolades: Samson Kayo was nominated for Best Male Performance: Comedy at both the 2018 BAFTAs and the 2019 Royal Television Society Awards

Euphoria S1 (HBO)

Storyline:  In this adults-only high school drama series, Zendaya (K.C. Undercover, Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Greatest Showman) stars as 17-year-old Rue, who returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean, and strikes up a friendship with the new girl in town, Jules (played by trans superstar Hunter Schafer) 

Nominations: Best International Series

Other accolades: Zendaya won the 2019 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Drama TV Star for her role, as well as a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Series. She was also nominated for a Critics Choice Award. The series also won the Camerimage TV Pilots competition and Best Music Supervision from The Guild of Music Supervisor Awards, and earned a 2020 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. Euphoria has an 8.3/10 rating on IMDB and an 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes
Stream: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/f9yitlkr-euphoria

Pure S1

Storyline: Marnie is not OK. She’s had x-rated thoughts for the last 3 672 days and she doesn’t know why or what they mean. When she jumps on a coach to London, she doesn’t know a soul there, not even herself…

Nominations: Breakthrough talent (Aneil Karia for episode 3, as well as Top Boy ep 10)

Other accolades: Best Sound nominee, Royal Television Society Awards, 2019. Pure has an 80% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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