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 watch the BAFTAS
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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Watch the BAFTAs with a VPN
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 once again by the iconic British actress, Joanna Lumley. This may surprise those who saw last year’s show 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 is back again this year.
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What time is the BAFTAs on TV?
The BAFTA’s is set to be broadcast on the BBC in 2019, but things will be a little different this year.
In previous year’s, the BBC has shown the whole event live, but 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.
So, while the awards ceremony itself begins at 6.45 pm GMT, the BBC’s BAFTA show will not start until 9 pm GMT on Sunday 10th, 2019. It will, however, last for two hours meaning there is still plenty of BAFTA magic to enjoy.
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?
The hot favourite for this year’s BAFTAs is The Favourite, a costume drama starring British actress Olivia Colman alongside Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. It has received a total of 12 nominations.
Colman is up for Best Actress where she will be up against Lady Gaga for her role in A Star is Born, which has seven nominations in all.
Rami Malek is nominated for best actor for his role in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He will face off A Star is Born actor Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale for his role in the movie Vice.
Best Film nominees include BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Netflix’s Roma and A Star Is Born.