With an impressive five nominations, The Crown has taken the throne for top contender at this year’s BAFTA TV awards. Netflix’s most expensive series to date, this period drama about the royals cost at least £100 million to make for the first season of ten episodes.
Among those nominations are Best Drama Series and Best Female Performance for leading actress Claire Foy. Supporting actors Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby also all earned individual nominations.
Whilst period drama fans delighted in the opulence and richness of this successful drama, many industry insiders were surprised to see BBC thriller The Night Manager get snubbed in favour of The Crown. In fact, the inclusion of this drama wouldn’t have happened were it for a recent rule change in 2014, where entertainment from online streaming services could get considered alongside traditional broadcasts.
It’s definitely paid off for this series, with their second season due in November 2017. Producers are hoping for a final 60-episode run over six seasons, with these nominations success boding well for their future plans.
Among other nominees was the BBC”s recent epic adaptation of War and Peace, which was also nominated for Best Drama Series. These two shows will be going up against the BBC’s Happy Valley and ITV’s The Durrells for the top prize of the night.
For a full list of all the nominations, visit the official BAFTA TV Awards website. The ceremony will take place in around a month’s time, on 14 May 2017.
If you enjoyed The Crown, don’t forget to check our complete set of reviews, covering the entire first series.