Richard Osman fumes over BAFTA TV nominations Why bother?
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Richard Osman lamented to his 1.2 million Twitter followers, claiming there were just two daytime shows nominated in the BAFTA shortlist, leading him to question why the category existed at all. The former Pointless presenter ranted that talented producers had been “robbed”, in a stormy tweet published this afternoon.
“Daytime TV punches far above its weight in terms of ratings, cost & popularity,” he began.
“To have only 2 daytime shows on this list is a bit of a kick in the teeth for producers.”
The 52-year-old TV star added: “If I made Bridge Of Lies, HUTH [Homes Under The Hammer], Come Dine [With Me], Lingo etc I think I’d feel robbed. Why bother having the category?”
He followed up a moment later, adding: “Apologies for such a TV-centric tweet, but it can be such a snobbish industry sometimes.”
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Richard had attached a nominees list to his post, displaying Pointless rival The Chase, The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit and Scam Interceptors.
“I love all three of those nominated shows (but the brilliant Repair Shop was on at 8pm),” he explained, implying that daytime TV was the wrong category for the show.
@carolwaring argued: “With the greatest respect, there have been some episodes of The Repair Shop shown in ‘Daytime’, including some new ones.”
He attached a listings guide with the relevant episodes highlighted in yellow.
However, a dissatisfied Richard shot back: “I do know that, honestly! But this nomination is for the royal special at 8pm.”
Another follower, @Ghost_In_Exile reasoned: “It airs first in an afternoon slot, then is repeated later at 8pm.”
The tweeter added: “I wouldn’t mind seeing the comparative viewing figures.”
However, Richard hadn’t finished yet, and returned to the post to counter: “No, the episode on the list was a one-off special at 8pm.”
The original tweeter replied back, saying: “I hang my head in shame.”
One of the other nominees, Scam Interceptors, has gripped the nation after Rav Wilding joined a quest to hack the hackers, in a bid to thwart would-be scam artists.
Using technology to intercept the phone calls and computer systems of the scammers themselves, they outwit them while pretending to be their potential victims.
The show, which busts illegal call centres for ethical reasons and arms the nation with the information they need to avoid being targeted themselves, has been airing at 10am on BBC One.
Meanwhile, weekday show The Chase, which helps hone viewers’ quiz knowledge and critical thinking skills, hits ITV at 5pm.
For his part, Richard Osman was on daytime TV show Pointless for 30 series, before deciding to bow out last year to commit more time to his career as a novelist.
Though Richard is known as a mystery writer, the only mystery for him surrounding the BAFTAs is why more recognition has not been given to what he deems daytime shows.
The BAFTA press office told Express.co.uk: “The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit was deemed eligible by BAFTA’s TV committee because it was originally commissioned by Daytime and for its volume of output as a series.
“Programmes entered in the Daytime category are not restricted to broadcasters who use traditional scheduling only. Any formats by online streamers that fit into the criteria as defined in the rules can also be submitted.
“If helpful for further guidance on the overall number of nominees in the Daytime category: if there are fewer than 20 entries in a category, then the corresponding number of nominees is reduced to three. This is to try and ensure proportionality and fairness and that every category remains competitive, as best we can, across the awards.
“We consistently review and update our rules and eligibility criteria to reflect the current landscape of the industry and ensure fairness – we welcome feedback and encourage the debate.”
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