Michaela Coel thanks crew at 2021 Baftas

I May Destroy You © BBC/Various Artists Ltd and FALKNA/Natalie Seery

Writer/director and leading actress Michaela Coel hailed crew as the “unsung heroes” of production as I May Destroy You picked up two Baftas.

Accepting the best mini-series award last night, she said: “I May Destroy You took six months to film. The only people working for every day of that are the crew. I want to thank them and let them know that I’m so grateful to them, because they don’t get enough credit…. They are the first to turn up to shoot in the rain, snow and severe heat. They are the last to leave. They are the invisible presence in every single scene of this show. The unsung heroes who create everything you see, hear and feel. Their attention to detail and work ethic has helped this show to come alive.”

Fellow High-end TV Skills Fund contributor Save Me Too won the best drama award, while Sex Education went home with the female performance in a comedy programme Bafta. Small Axe,  which scooped five Baftas at the craft awards held last month - including the photography and lighting: fiction craft award which was sponsored by the High-end TV Skills Fund – won the supporting actor category.

We want to congratulate all nominated productions and thank all for their contributions to the HETV Skills Fund, which invests in training for the industry:

  • I May Destroy You: mini-series
  • I May Destroy You: leading actress (Michaela Coel)
  • Save Me Too: drama series
  • Sex Education: female performance in a comedy programme (Aimee Lou Wood)
  • Small Axe: supporting actor (Malachi Kirby)

The BBC and Channel 4, who both contribute to the TV Skills Fund, also received recognition for programmes including The School That Tried to End Racism (reality and constructed factual; Channel 4) and The Ranganation (entertainment performance; BBC).

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