Richard Ayoade to host the Baftas again | With Gbemisola Ikumelo fronting the craft awards

Richard Ayoade to host the Baftas again

With Gbemisola Ikumelo fronting the craft awards

Richard Ayoade is to host the Bafta TV awards for a second year.

This year’s ceremony will be staged in a studio, with awards presenters there or via video, and broadcast on BBC One on June 6.

Ayoade said: ‘I have been asked if, this year, I could say I am thrilled to be back as host and, reluctantly, I am willing to pretend that I am. They have assured me that as soon as the world returns to normal, they will get someone decent again.’

The BBC’s commissioning editor for entertainment, Katie Taylor, added: ‘The Baftas are an undeniable highlight of the annual awards calendar and viewers on BBC One can look forward to seeing the very best of British TV being celebrated under the stewardship of our enigmatically entertaining host Richard Ayoade.’

Meanwhile, Famalam star Gbemisola Ikumelo will host the Bafta Craft Awards for off-screen work, taking place online on Monday May 24.

She said: ‘I’m really excited to host this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards and celebrate all the amazing behind the scenes individuals that quietly make our favourite TV shows what they are. I’m enjoying how inventive the Bafta award shows have become in this climate.

‘We’re making seriously tasty lemonade here and I for one am looking forward to not tripping and falling in-front of a bunch of drunk creatives!’

Nominations for the awards will be announced on Wednesday next week.

Published: 20 Apr 2021

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