BAFTA nominations are boss news for Liverpool!

Liverpool dramas ‘Time’ and ‘Help’ both secure a sensational six BAFTA TV nominations each.

Television is quickly becoming one of Liverpool’s most acclaimed cultural exports, with both productions made in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and investment secured from Liverpool Film Office through its LCR Production Fund.

The city’s most prolific stars – Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer – have both been nominated for their leading roles in their respective categories, for their performances in Jack Thorne’s care home Covid-19 drama Help (The Forge Entertainment, One Shoe Films/Channel 4) with Graham also bagging a nomination for Supporting Actor for his role in Jimmy McGovern’s prison drama Time (BBC Studios/BBC One).

Sean Bean has picked up a Leading Actor nomination for Time, a production that re-teamed him with Jimmy McGovern, the writer of his BAFTA-winning performance in Broken.

Stephen Graham has scored a hattrick of BAFTA nominations this year, following on from his first BAFTA Film nomination for his leading role in Philip Barantini’s restaurant thriller, Boiling Point.

Fellow Everyman Youth Theatre alumni, Cathy Tyson also earns a BAFTA nomination for Supporting Actress in Help, her first nomination since her acclaimed role in Mona Lisa (1987).

In addition to the stars on screen, Liverpool’s talent behind-the-scenes are being honoured in the Television Craft awards.

Multi-BAFTA-winning screenwriter, Jimmy McGovern – who was recently given Freedom of the City – earns a nomination for Mini-Series Time, which also picks up nominations for Director Fiction (Lewis Arnold), Photography & Lighting Fiction (Mark Wolf), Scripted Casting (Beverley Keogh, David Martin).

Fellow BAFTA-winning screenwriter, Jack Thorne, who last night won Royal Television Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award for 2022, is nominated for Writer: Drama for his Help script.

The production team behind Help are being honoured for Single Drama, as well as BAFTA-winning Director Marc Munden, who last won in his National Treasure pairing with Jack Thorne in the same category (Director: Fiction), directed the Channel 4 cult hit Utopia, which was also filmed in Liverpool.

Russell T Davies’ It’s A Sin (Red Production Company/Channel 4) leads the BAFTA TV nominations with 11 nods. Though predominantly filmed in Manchester, RED filmed scenes in Liverpool as the city doubled for New York and London.

In addition to BAFTAs, Liverpool’s Lime Pictures last night won best continuing drama at the Royal Television Society Awards.

Lynn Saunders, Head of Liverpool Film Office said:

Jimmy McGovern and Jack Thorne scripts are usually BAFTA-winning formulas, add Stephen Graham, Jodie Comer, Cathy Tyson and a whole lot more Scouse talent to the mix and you get unforgettable TV like Time and Help! Seeing two Liverpool dramas rake in the nominations is fantastic for our city and our sector.

“We’re immensely proud to have supported both productions with our LCR Production Fund, they’ve already made a huge impact not just for audiences but for the local economy and people working behind-the-scenes. They deserve all the awards recognition and we can’t wait to celebrate their success in May.”

List of BAFTA Television and BAFTA Television Craft nominations for Help and Time

Help (6): 

Director Fiction: Marc Munden

Writer Drama: Jack Thorne

Leading Actor: Stephen Graham

Leading Actress: Jodie Comer

Single Drama: Help

Supporting Actress: Cathy Tyson

Time (6): 

Director Fiction: Lewis Arnold

Photography & Lighting Fiction: Mark Wolf

Scripted Casting: Beverley Keogh, David Martin

Leading Actor: Sean Bean

Mini-Series: Jimmy McGovern, Tom Sherry, Lewis Arnold, Simon Maloney, Michael Parke, Andrew Morrissey – BBC Studios/BBC One

Supporting Actor: Stephen Graham

For full list of BAFTA TV nominations:

About Liverpool Film Office

More than an office, team or location, but a culture. Whether investing, creating, facilitating or connecting, Liverpool is the best place to tell the world’s stories.

Home to the first Film Office in the UK, production companies filming in Liverpool City Region can benefit from a complete film support service that includes locations, funding, crewing, facilities, studio solutions and so much more.

Latest productions supported by Liverpool Film Office include; The Batman, Peaky Blinders, COBRA: CYBERWAR, Doctor Who, Daliland, Ridley Road, Munich, The Tower, Stay Close as well as funded productions; Time, Help, The Responder, and The Ipcress File.

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