The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a charity that supports and promotes the art forms of moving images. This includes film, television and video games. Originally the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors were two separate organizations that had their own awards shows. In 1958 they merged and eventually became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Now they have several award ceremonies throughout the year known as the BAFTAs. The awards series includes:
Television Craft Awards (this is the behind the scenes awards visual effects, costuming production, music)
Right now I want to talk about The British Academy Television Awards, since they are happening this Sunday.
Let’s admit it. Slowly but surely we’ve been becoming obsessed with British media. Especially British television. From Downton Abbey to Sherlock to Doctor Who, British pop culture is slowly starting to invade the mainstream US media. With BBC America and streaming based services these shows are easier to access and are now becoming more popular than ever. Netflix and Hulu are even starting to broadcast some original programming with shows like The Wrong Mans, The Fall and Derek.
Here at Media and Reserve Services we are not exempt from this. We’ve slowly been expanding our collection of British movies and television. In this blog series I’d like to highlight some of the items in our collection, maybe introducing content that isn’t as well known. I’ll also be discussing British media in general. Including an upcoming post about the British Television Awards (which are this Sunday).
In the meantime check out some of our media from across the pond.