Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special - Picture Shows: Dalek - (C) BBC - Photographer: Screen Grab
Doctor Who – 50th Anniversary Special – Picture Shows: Dalek – (C) BBC – Photographer: Screen Grab

The BAFTA Television Craft Award nominations were announced earlier today and former Doctor Who showrunner and writer Russell T Davies and Doctor Who special effect creators – Real SFX have been nominated.

Davies’ nomination is for Best Writer for his show Cucumber, a drama from Channel Four that focuses on the lives and loves of several middle-aged gay men, something like a grown-up sequel to his earlier show, Queer as Folk. Cucumber is part of Davies new trilogy, Tofu, Banana, and Cucumber, based on study of the male erection. When Russell read about this study, he said, ‘right there and then, I knew I had my drama.’

Davies, as many will know is responsible for reviving Doctor Who after it went dormant for 16 years. He brought back the show with the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, and then the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. A huge Doctor Who fan since childhood, he longed to see the show return to glory on television. 

David Tennant, Russell T. Davies and John Sim - Doctor Who (c) BBC
David Tennant, Russell T. Davies and John Sim – Doctor Who (c) BBC

More nominations this year for special effect creators Real SFX who have been nominated in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category for their work on Doctor Who. This new nomination follows their win in 2015. They face stiff competition in 2016 from Bluebolt and The Last Kingdom, Colin Rodgers for Fungus the Bogeyman and MILK VFX  for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Real SFX has a fascinating portfolio, and they also provided effects for Cucumber, among many other shows.

The most-nominated show this year was Wolf Hall, with six nominations including Hair & Make-up and Costume Design. There is also a small Doctor Who connection here — Thomas Cromwell’s ward, Rafe Sadler, is played by Thomas Brodie Sangster, the young star of Human Nature/Family of Blood.

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards are a celebration of the people behind the scenes. These often unheralded experts are those responsible for bringing television shows to life.

The awards will be presented in a glittering ceremony from The Brewery in London on 24 April ahead of the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 8 May. Nominations for the Television Awards will be announced at a live press conference on Wednesday 30 March.

For a complete list of nominees Television Craft Awards, see the BAFTA website.

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