BAFTA TV Awards 2008: The Preview

BAFTA held a photocall this morning of the preparations ahead of their Television Awards on Sunday night.
As usual, I’ll be in the press room at the London Palladium as the winners are brought off stage to talk to the media.
You’ll be able to read my reports both via the MEN website and this blog, as well as Monday’s hard copy Manchester Evening News.
Cranford is my idea of the big winner on the night.
And I’m among many who would like to see Life On Mars triumph in the Drama Series category – after the judges got it wrong last year.
The British Academy Television Awards, hosted by Graham Norton, start at 6.30pm and finish around 9pm.
BBC1 screen their two-hour “as live” highlights programme from 8pm.
The BAFTA website is also planning some exclusive online content of its own on Sunday night.
For those wondering who will be attending on Sunday – I have a list.

It includes Cranford Dames Judi Dench and Eileeen Atkins, both nominated for Best Actress.
One of the screen sisters must will surely win – but, in truth, they both deserve the BAFTA mask.

Philip Glenister and John Simm are due to be among the Life On Mars team at the Palladium hoping for some justice.
Both Mr Simm and Phil’s Ashes To Ashes co-star Keeley Hawes are among those set to present awards.
Her husband Matthew Macfadyen will also be there – nominated as Best Actor for Secret Life.
Ahead of the week Heroes returns to BBC2 for a second series, there will be two at the Palladium.
Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Peter Petrelli, and Adrian Pasdar, better known as his big screen brother Nathan Petrelli, are down on the guest list.
Heroes is nominated in the International category.
Around 1600 guests in total will be attending this year’s event with an after show dinner and party at Grosvenor House.
Those lucky enough to have a knife and fork will dine on, among other things, herb scented confit of duck glazed with red onion marmalade and red wine sauce.
The organisers estimate that 5,500 glasses of Tattinger champagne will be drunk, along with 2,500 bottles of Kirin Beer, 4,000 glasses of Rosemount wine and 1,248 litres of Highland Spring Water.
And the “goody box” for nominees includes an upgrade to first class on their next American Airlines transatlantic flight, plus a selection of products far too impossibly glam to list here.
Me? I’ll stick to a press room sandwich, bottle of water and the tube home.
At the time of writing, you can still vote for the Sky+ Audience Award for Programme of the Year here.
Here is the latest BAFTA list of those planning to spend Sunday night at the London Palladium:
Nominees confirmed to date include: Alan Carr, Alexander Armstrong, Andrew Garfield, Andrew Marr, Anthony Sher, Ben Miller, David Mitchell, Eileen Atkins, Gina McKee, Harry Hill, Huw Edwards, James Corden, James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Jon Snow, Judi Dench, Justin Lee Collins, Kevin Bishop, Kierston Wareing, Krishnan Guru-Murphy, Matthew Macfadyen, Paul Merton, Richard Hammond, Robert Popper, Simon Amstell, Stephen Merchant, Tim Kring, Tom Hardy.
A selection of presenters currently confirmed to present awards are: Alan Dale, Alesha Dixon, Rob Brydon, Patsy Palmer & Sid Owen, Claudia Winkleman, Joanna Page, Trevor Eve, Keeley Hawes, Piers Morgan, Tom Daley, Denise Lewis, Ross Kemp, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Duffy, Kirsty Young, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Hugh Bonneville, David Morrissey, Charity Wakefield, John Hurt, Jonas Armstrong, Joanna Lumley, Simon Pegg, Emilia Fox, Fiona Bruce, Kirstie Allsopp & Phil Spencer, Paul Merton, John Simm, Tamzin Outhwaite and Heston Blumenthal.
Other faces include: Russell Brand, Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth, Phillip Glenister, Leo Gregory, Amanda Holden, Katherine Jenkins, Ruth Jones, James Nesbitt, Adrian Pasdar, Arlene Phillips, Robert Powell, Lacey Turner, Milo Ventimiglia.
TV Awards Blogs
Backstage @ The Baftas 2007: Life On Mars
Backstage @ The Baftas 2007: Sunday Night At The London Palladium
BAFTA Television Awards Official Site