It’s the hottest event in the British entertainment calendar. Yes, the British Academy Film and Television Awards, better known as the BAFTA’s are back and anyone who’s anyone in British entertainment will be there.
The British version of the Oscars is widely acknowledged as the most significant awards show outside the US and many see it as a good guide to the Oscar’s themselves. There is no doubt there will be no shortage of transatlantic talent in town for the night too.
If you are a movie buff or a TV addict, the BAFTA’s is a night you won’t want to miss and, in this article, we will tell you everything you need to know to make sure you don’t, no matter where in the world you are.
How to stream the BAFTAS live
The BAFTA’s are on the BBC once again this year and they will also be streaming their whole BAFTA programme live and on-demand on their streaming service the BBC iPlayer.
If you in the UK, you will therefore have a choice. You can watch the whole programme on BBC 1 on your TV or you can stream it on your laptop or mobile device.
If you’re in America, Canada, Australia or any other country, things get a little more complicated. While the BAFTA’s are on TV is a few other countries, in most countries you will struggle to find coverage.
However, if you try to tune in on the BBC iPlayer from overseas, you will also be out of luck. The iPlayer is not available to overseas users. There is a way around this though, but you will need a VPN app and to connect to the UK to do it.
Where to get a VPN to watch
To watch the BAFTA’s on the BBC iPlayer from another country, you will need to sign up to a VPN and then connect to the UK. A VPN app will trick the iPlayer into letting you watch no matter where you are.
It is pretty simple, but you do need to be sure your VPN works with the iPlayer because not all of them do.
Our recommended VPN to use with the BBC iPlayer is ExpressVPN. It was the service I used and works well with iPlayer.
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How to use a VPN to live stream the event
Once you have chosen which VPN to use, getting things up and running is remarkably easy. To help you, we have compiled this short user guide using ExpressVPN as an example:
- Sign up for ExpressVPN by clicking here and then choose one of their packages lengths.
- Download the ExpressVPN app for your device by clicking on the Products section of their website. Once downloaded, log-in or activate the app and then connect to the UK.
- Once ExpressVPN has connected, open BBC iPlayer and enjoy watching the BAFTAs.
Who’s the BAFTAs host this year?
This year’s BAFTA ceremony will be presented by Richard Ayoade taking over from Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, who took up the gauntlet the previous year.
Many were surprised in previous years at Joanna Lumley’s return as she appeared to have a rather public spat with one of the award presenters, Jennifer Lawrence.
After introducing Lawrence with the description “the hottest actress on the planet… the ravishing Jennifer Lawrence”, Lawrence replied, “That was a bit much, but thank you, Joanna.”
Both Lumley and Lawrence insisted that the incident was the result of a backstage joke between the two and BAFTA obviously agreed because Lumley was brought back in previous years.
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What time is the BAFTAs on TV?
The BAFTA’s is set to be broadcast on the BBC in 2021, but things will be a little different again this year.
As in last year’s showing, this time around they are showing an extended two-hour programme which will allow them to edit out the dull bits and also ensure they don’t broadcast anything too controversial.
The BBC’s BAFTA show will not start until 7 pm GMT on Sunday 6th, 2021. It will, however, last for two hours meaning there is still plenty of BAFTA magic to enjoy.
You can also watch the red-carpet arrivals on YouTube from 5 pm.
Where are the BAFTAs taking place?
The BAFTA ceremony will take place at the spectacular Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Who’s up for awards this year?
This year there are loads of talented individuals and movies up for awards.
Films up for awards include:
- The Crown
- I May Destroy You
- Sex Education
- Small Axe
- Normal People
Actresses and actors in with a chance of taking home an aware include John Boyega, Josh O’Connor, Paapa Essiedu, Paul Mescal, Billie Piper, Daisy Edgar-jones, Hayley Squires and Jodie Comer.
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