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Friday, 29 May 2020

New date and host confirmed for British Academy Television Awards 2020

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today confirmed the new date for this year’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, originally scheduled for Spring 2020, when they were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards will now take place on Friday 31 July and will be broadcast as-live on BBC One that evening with the nominations announced on Thursday 4 June.

In accordance with current restrictions, the Awards ceremony will take place as a closed studio, socially-distanced show, with nominees invited to accept their awards virtually.

BAFTA and the BBC in a joint statement said: "we delighted to announce that for the first time Richard Ayoade, the presenter, comedian, writer, actor and director, will take the helm as host of the TV Awards"

Richard Ayoade says: “I am as surprised as you are that this is still going ahead.”

Richard won a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for The IT Crowd, and has been nominated for a BAFTA on two other occasions - once in the British Academy Film Awards, for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Submarine, and again for Travel Man, which was also nominated for Best Feature in the Television Awards in 2017.

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