Sky original drama Chernobyl becomes most awarded British series ever
Picking up nine BAFTAs® including Mini-Series and Leading Actor
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Tonight at the 2020 British Academy Television Awards Sky original drama Chernobyl became the most awarded British TV series in a single year ever.
The drama about the 1986 nuclear meltdown added gongs for Mini-Series and Leading Actor for Jared Harris to its seven wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards on July 17th – making it the most awarded British TV show ever in a single year.
Chernobyl has been breaking records for Sky since it debuted in May last year, becoming its most watched drama ever and quickly topping the highest rated shows on entertainment website IMDb, ahead of long-running fan favourites such as Game of Thrones and The Wire. To date the show, which was produced by Sister, The Mighty Mint and Word Games has picked-up over 60 awards including two Golden Globes and 10 Primetime Emmys.
Commenting on the wins, Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “We’re incredibly proud that the terrifying true story of Chernobyl is BAFTAs most awarded series in a single year ever. As well as highlighting the truly brilliant work of everyone involved in Chernobyl, this recognition reflects the success of our increased investment in original production and fuels Sky’s ambition to make more ground-breaking original TV for our viewers.”
Sky’s total wins across the BAFTA Television and Television Craft awards for 2020 was 12 – a record for the broadcaster, topping the seven wins received last year across both awards, including four for Patrick Melrose.
CHERNOBYL’S RECORD NUMBER OF BAFTA WINS
CHERNOBYL Production Team – Sky Atlantic/HBO - Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
JARED HARRIS Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO - Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
JOHAN RENCK Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
JINX GODFREY, SIMON SMITH Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
ODILE DICKS-MIREAUX Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR Chernobyl - Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
JAKOB IHRE Chernobyl - Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
LUKE HULL, CLAIRE LEVINSON-GENDLER Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games
HONG KONG PROTESTS Production Team – Sky News
BATTLE OF THE BRASS BANDS - Sky Arts/ Twofour
JESSE ARMSTRONG Succession - HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions, HBO/Sky Atlantic
Following the success of Sky originals like Chernobyl, Sky intends to double its investment in original content by 2024. As well as developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in UK creative sector in the first five years alone.
All episodes of Chernobyl are available to watch on demand for all Sky customers and on streaming service NOW TV. The final episode of Sky and HBO’s co-production Chernobyl, has been watched to date by an audience of 4.12m, the biggest ever audience for a Sky original drama.
July 31, 2020 7:00pm ET by SKY