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Game of Thrones wins a BAFTA!

BAFTAAfter Emmys, Golden Globes, and Hugos, now comes a BAFTA as well! The Television Awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts were announced yesterday, and GoT won the Radio Times Audience Award! Somewhat suprisigly, perhaps, as it was running against the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. In the only other eligible category, that for best international programme, GoT was likewise nominated, but lost to HBO’s Girls.

Hear Me Roar: Congratulations, once more the popularity of the show has been confirmed and rewarded. What with GoT being shot in Northern Ireland, and with so much talent from the Isles working on it, this one must feel really special.

31 Comments

  • And the audience award at that! People’s choice! We could call that the highest endorsement the show can be honored with.

  • Meh Baftas are boring. In fact British TV is boring. BBC are trying to make shows like GOT but they just can’t pull it off.
    Reflected by the poor turnout of GOT people.

  • Stephen Bosco,

    Huh ? Most of the British tv shows shits on the general American tv shows, especially the networks ones . And i’m not even british !

  • Michael274,

    Agreed. Downton, Sherlock… Hard to believe they’re publicly funded. I wish institutionalized contributions to public media was bigger in the United States. We’d all be forced to be a bit smarter and more well-roundedly entertained for it.

  • WompWomp,

    No guarantee though. The majority of the publicly funded series in Germany are atrocious. However, there are some decent mini-series.

  • Cerb,

    Agreed. Funding alone doesn’t make the dream scenario fall into place. I wonder how the BBC so actively secures talent in the U.K., must be a cultural thing. Maybe television is an extension of the theatre culture since it’s so rich over there, with less of a drastic divide between stage and film.

  • Stephen Bosco,

    Oh please, America destroyed the likes of Shameless, Skins and The Inbetweeners! I ain’t bashing American tv, the vast majority of my fave shows are American, but British tv can’t really be dismissed just like that!

    On topic… Congrats to GoT, well deserved!

  • Stephen Bosco,

    I did type a whole reply which is in spoiler tags because basically it just boils down to the comment below…
    FACT: Any award that GOT wins (Great news, I actually cheered when it was announced on the show last night!) is definitely NOT boring, are you crazy?
    Also FYI British TV produces some great shows; Being Human, Misfits, Downton Abbey – I could go on but cba quite frankly as I fear it would obviously be lost on you.

    Some people I swear… tell em one of their fav shows wins an award and all you get is “meh boring” blah blah, drone, followed by ignorant generalised bashing – REALLLY?! Bore Off!

  • I’m British and its obvious that both British and American TV can be brilliant, but there’s absolutely loads of dross UK tv that foreign viewers simply wouldn’t see, presumably likewise vice-versa… So it’s totally pointless saying that one is better than the other. Also, I’d also like to formally apologise for the fact that my countrymen invented x-factor and Britain/america’s got talent. Shame on us.

    …As a caveat to that, there simply isn’t anyone in the UK who would do anything on the scale of GoT. Perhaps the BBC have the resources, but to spend $50/60m on a single show would invite massive political and media scrutiny that HBO obviously doesn’t get.

  • *Raise the Roof!*
    Congratulations to hard-toiling crew, top-notch writers,producer and actors!
    May Gods be with you!
    –Warm regards from India!

  • Stephen Bosco,

    What in particular is it that you find so boring about British TV..and just out of interest where are you from? As a Brit im currently coverting GOT, Vikings and The Wire ( late comer i know) and if your talking Reality TV and overdressed game shows i have to agree that we are pretty shameful in that dept…but Britain as a whole has developed some cracking dramas and comedies, resold the world over…just saying :)

  • Ser Sleez,

    Agreed . I still don’t see what’s the big deal about that show and how it got so popular almost overnight . It’s just a more mediocre Sex in the City if you can believe that .

  • Congrats! We need to get Game of Thrones in at the People’s Choice awards people!

  • Stephen Bosco,

    You’re joking, right?

    The ‘poor turnout’ of GoT people was probably due to the actors working or being out of the country. Anyway, it was wonderfully represented by Gwen Christie and Charles Dance.

  • Call me ignorant or whatever, but isn’t GoT an American tv show? I mean sure it has actors from alot of countries but still it’s an american show.
    I guess for these awards it really doesn’t matter…

  • Michael274:
    Stephen Bosco,

    Huh ? Most of the British tv shows shits on the general American tv shows, especially the networks ones . And i’m not even british !

    It really doesn’t. The good stuff is just all that gets ported overseas so it’s all anyone outside the UK gets to watch.

    If the only American shows anyone ever saw were Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, etc, everyone would think all of American TV was freaking awesome, too.

  • Ser Sleez:
    How the hell did GoT lose to girls? I’m disgusted.

    I honestly have NO idea… Seriously?! I don’t understand what the deal about that show is. I have watched both seasons so far and especially the second half of season 2 was just terribly weak. Apparently the audience didn’t vote on this one?!

    But hey Game of Thrones is more popular than opening ceremony of the Olympics in London !! That’s a major surprise!

  • It doesn’t matter to me whether GOT is classed as an American show, a British show or one that has dropped in from The Land Of Oz. What matters is that 2.7 seasons in it’s still the best thing on TV by a country mile.

  • I’ll never understand critics they raved about Girls and Iron Man 3 and frankly both are pretty poor IMO.

  • Michael274:
    Stephen Bosco,
    Huh ? Most of the British tv shows shits on the general American tv shows, especially the networks ones . And i’m not even british !

    It’s clear you’re not British or you wouldn’t have made such a broad statement. I have family in England and have been over there and watched television shows with them that are as crappy and dumb as anything you’d find on U.S. TV. If all you’re watching is PBS or BBCA, then you get what they consider their best, not the whole spectrum. Just as they get what is considered “the best” from over here. Generalizations make poor arguments.

  • Al Swearengen,

    I assume the hype behind Girls is going to fade soon, it’s just become the cool thing to be a fan of like all the other crap that gets popular for whatever reason .

  • Stephen Bosco,

    Stephen Bosco:
    Meh Baftas are boring. In fact British TV is boring. BBC are trying to make shows like GOT but they just can’t pull it off.
    Reflected by the poor turnout of GOT people.

    British TV is always boring to people who only understand humor when it hits them right in the face. Go watch some more American pie.