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Bafta TV Awards 2019: Killing Eve redefines the rules in this year’s nomination list

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Killing Eve is among a number of shows by and about women nominated for this year’s awards.

We’re huge fans of Killing Eve here at Stylist.

We love the show’s exploration of a complicated female relationship that’s part obsession, part contempt. We adore its stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, so much so that we named Comer our Entertainer of the Year at the 2019 Remarkable Women Awards. We love that it’s helmed by a female writer in Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is effortlessly creating and writing brilliant characters.

So we’ve also loved seeing the show get recognised at awards ceremonies this year, and now it’s been nominated for a stunning 14 awards at the Bafta TV Awards and the Bafta TV Craft Awards.

The show actually didn’t meet the usual entry criteria for the Baftas, which state that entries must have had a worldwide premiere in the UK - Killing Eve actually debuted in the US, six months before it came to the BBC in the UK.

Thank goodness though, for the Bafta TV committee, which considered the series eligible because of its “significant creative contribution from key talent on and off-screen residing in the UK”, according to a spokesman in Broadcast.

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh are nominated in the best actress category at the 2019 Baftas
Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in Killing Eve

Both Comer and Oh are nominated for best actress for their roles as Villanelle and Eve respectively, alongside Keeley Hawes for Bodyguard and Ruth Wilson for Mrs Wilson.

Fiona Shaw, who plays MI6 agent Carolyn, is nominated for the first time for a Bafta in the supporting actress category, alongside Billie Piper for Collateral, Hawes again, this time for Mrs Wilson, and Monica Dolan for A Very English Scandal. Kim Bodnia, who plays Villanelle’s handler Konstantin is nominated in for supporting actor, alongside Alex Jennings for Unforgotten, Ben Whishaw for A Very English Scandal and Stephen Graham for Save Me.

Waller-Bridge is the only woman nominated for the best drama writing award. The other nominees are David Nicholls for Patrick Melrose, Lennie James for Save Me and Russell T Davies for A Very English ScandalKilling Eve is also nominated for best drama series, alongside Bodyguard, Informer and Save Me.

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And it was announced earlier this week that Killing Eve is also nominated in the publicly voted Virgin Media’s Must-see Moment category, for (beware a huge spoiler) the scene from the finale in which Eve stabs Villanelle, a moment that still gives us the shivers. Other must-see moments nominated include (more spoilers ahead) Julia Montague’s assassination in Bodyguard, the Doctor and her companions making sure Rosa Parks can take action in Doctor Who and Tom’s transformation in first episode of the rebooted Queer Eye.

Among Killing Eve’s craft awards is one for Phoebe De Gaye for Costume Design - no surprise given the iconic pink dress Villanelle wore, which has spawned a thousand fancy dress costumes.

It’s also nominated in the craft categories for its editing and directing, its original music, photography and light, production design, sound and titles and graphics.

It’s not just Killing Eve which we hope will succeed at the Baftas this year. There are so many great women nominated for feminist roles, like Hawes and Wilson, and it’s only right that this shift to stories by and about women be recognised across the board.

The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony will be at 12 May, while the British Academy Television Craft Awards will take place two weeks earlier on 28 April.

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Sarah Shaffi is a freelance journalist and editor. She reads more books a week than is healthy, and balances this out with copious amounts of TV. She writes regularly about popular culture, particularly how it reflects and represents society.

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