BAFTA Television Awards 2021 reveal Must-See Moment nominees


BAFTA Television Awards 2021: Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine is nominated for an award alongside Bridgerton

The nominees for the 2021 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards’ Must-See Moment prize were revealed on Tuesday. 

Diversity’s controversial BLM-inspired dance, which sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom last year, was on the shortlist for the award, which is voted for by the public. 

Bridgerton‘s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) as the mysterious gossip, also led the list of nominees.

Shortlist: Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) was nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards 2021’s Must-See Moment award, it was revealed on Tuesday

Other notable moments singled out for the gong include when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season, helping its titular character and others while they stormed an Empire ship.

The shocking moment Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) was killed by her abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) on EastEnders also got a mention. 

While Nigella Lawson’s amusing pronunciation of microwave as ‘meecro-wah-vey’ on her BBC2 cooking show Cook, Eat, Repeat was also nominated.

And the hilarious reactions of the Gogglebox cast to one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s press conferences during the coronavirus crisis was also given a nod. 

Drama: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Drama: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Shortlist: Diversity's dance saw group leader Ashley have a white man's knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of George Floyd, and sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom

Shortlist: Diversity’s dance saw group leader Ashley have a white man’s knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of George Floyd, and sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom

The nominees were chosen from a longlist based on audience viewing figures  provided by BARB, social listening data from TalkWalker and vigorous research to represent TV viewing across the country. 

The final shortlist were then selected by an independent virtualjury of national media experts including TV critic Caitlin Moran, it was chaired by BAFTA Television Committee Chair Hannah Wyatt. 

Diversity’s performance on the most recent series of Britain’s Got Talent received 24,500 Ofcom complaints, making it the most complained about TV moment of the year. 

2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards Must-See Moment nominees

Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020 (ITV1) 

Bridgerton – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown (Netflix)  

EastEnders – Gray Atkins kills wife Chantelle (BBC One)

Gogglebox – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference (Channel 4)

Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat – Mee-cro-wah-vay (BBC Two)

The Mandalorian – Luke Skywalker appears (Disney+)

 

ITV ‘stood with Diversity’ as they featured adverts in national newspapers in support of the controversial dance while Ofcom announced they will not investigate the complaints any further. 

The act saw group leader Ashley have a white man’s knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year. 

In October, Ashley admitted he has been encouraged to ramp up his Black Lives Matter campaign following the ‘hate’ he received over his Diversity routine, as he said he would perform the same routine ‘100 times over’. 

Tragic: The shocking moment Chantelle (Jessica Plummer, left) was killed by her abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith, right) on EastEnders also got a mention

Tragic: The shocking moment Chantelle (Jessica Plummer, left) was killed by her abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith, right) on EastEnders also got a mention

He revealed that although the routine sparked backlash, it also started a dialogue which lasted weeks as he dubbed it the one of the ‘most impactful conversation starters the country has ever seen’.

Voting for the category is open from April 27 at 8am until May 24 at 5pm, with the nominees all representing the most talked about moments of the year. 

The winner of this year’s Must-See Moment award will be revealed on June 6, when the 2021 Virgin Media British Television Academy Awards airs on BBC One. 

Members of the public can vote for their favourite Must-See Moment online at https://www.virginmedia.com/virgin-tv-edit/bafta-must-see-moment-vote-2021. 

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