By News Team
Last Updated: 31st July 2020
Sarah-Jane Crawford is a British TV presenter and radio show host. She has hosted her own show on BBC Radio 1Xtra for many years and now features on Hits Radio along with the Sunday Chart Show.
Here is what Sarah-Jane has had to say about the 2020 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA), which take place on Friday, and the time she hosted the red carpet.
What do you like most about the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards?
It is one of the best nights of the year. I have hosted the red carpet where I got to interview numerous actors and actresses, from Daniel Craig to Dame Judy Dench to Idris Elba.
Last year I was there as a guest which was lovely because a show I appeared in for ITV called ‘The Full Monty’, which is in aid of Cancer Research, was nominated for a BAFTA. The red carpet is exciting to walk, and you see so many faces that you’ve actually sat on your own sofa and watched. It’s slightly surreal, especially when you see someone like Helen Mirren, or when you see someone you’re a fan of on the carpet!
What are your favourite categories?
Some of the categories this year I am interested in include: Comedy, News and Entertainment. It’s always great to see which programmes are nominated and which actors and actresses are up for awards. After all their hard work it’s so nice for a programme and the cast to be recognised.
What are your thoughts on the nominations for each category?
So, in the Comedy Entertainment category this year the nominees are:
- THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW
- THE LAST LEG
- THE RANGANATION
I have loved ‘The Graham Norton Show’ for years, it’s been around forever. He has the best Hollywood stars on, more than any other British TV show I would say. Also, who cannot love the red chair? If you haven’t seen it this is where he brings up members of the public to tell a story, then if he gets bored of their story or doesn’t love it, he pulls a lever and off they go – it’s such a great, fun concept!
I also love ‘The Ranganation’ – I think Romesh Ranganathan is absolutely brilliant! I love the format of the show and how they have celebrity guests taking a funny topical look at modern Britain. I think it’s great to watch.
In the Supporting Actor category this year the nominees are:
- JOE ABSOLOM – A Confession
- JOSH O’CONNOR – The Crown
- STELLAN SKARSGARD – Chernobyl
- WILL SHARPE – Giri/Haji
I absolutely love ‘The Crown’, it’s on Netflix if you’ve never seen it. It’s a historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s created and mainly written by a British guy called Peter Morgan who is also best known for writing ‘Rush’, ‘The Queen’ and ‘Frost/Nixon’ which are all fantastic – he’s a very clever man! I think you learn so much history watching the show, it really is shot with amazing attention to detail. Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles in seasons three and four, is phenomenal. You actually forget that he is acting he portrays the character so well! And the show is now in production for the next season, so if you’ve not seen it try and catch up ready for the new season.
I also think Chernobyl was fantastic! Stellan Skarsgard is a fantastic actor, he has appeared in the films ‘Red October’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘The Avengers’ and plays Boris Shcherbina in Chernobyl, who he portrays brilliantly!
In the Supporting Actress category this year we have these nominees:
- HELEN BEHAN – The Virtues
- HELENA BONHAM CARTER – The Crown
- JASMINE JOBSON – Top Boy
- NAOMI ACKIE – The End of the F***ing World
I absolutely love ‘Top Boy’, it’s fantastic! Jasmine plays the character Jaq in the TV drama. I had heard that she was told to “go nuts” in her audition to get really into her character’s role, so she threw a chair apparently across the audition room! It obviously worked as she got the job.
I also love Helena Bonham Carter, anything and everything she does is brilliant. She plays the Queen’s sister in ‘The Crown’ and my goodness does she play the role well! It’s great how she brings the character to life.
In the Sport category this year the nominees are:
- 2019 RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL: ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA
- 2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL: ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND
- FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2019 SEMI-FINAL: ENGLAND V USA
- WIMBLEDON 2019 MEN’S FINAL: NOVAK DJOKOVIC V ROGER FEDERER
We always have lots of sports on in our house, I’d say my favourites are the FIFA Women’s World Cup and also the Wimbledon men’s final last year. It was the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup contested by 24 women’s national teams. The England team got all the way to the semi-finals and were actually knocked out of the competition by the USA team, who actually went on to win the cup. It was so great last year, though, to see more and more people getting into the Women’s World Cup!
I loved the men’s Wimbledon final too. I think both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are phenomenal tennis players, you never really know who is going to win! I mean the career Roger Federer has had is brilliant, he is a true sportsman. I also love that it’s set in London, there’s something about this competition being on home soil and I love watching tennis played on a grass court.
What are some of your other favourite TV shows which aren’t up for an award?
One show that I think is worth checking out and that I would like to have seen up for an award is ‘Save Me’. Season two was shown recently on Sky Atlantic. It’s a brilliant show, set in London and includes some really strong storylines. The wonderful Suranne Jones is in it and also the main character is played by Lennie James, who you might have seen in ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘Line of Duty’ – he is fantastic! It’s definitely worth a watch.
‘Killing Eve’ is another brilliant show with season three being aired on BBC more recently. Jodie Comer, who plays one of the main characters Villanelle is sensational, as is Sandra Oh, who plays the spy Eve Polastri. I just love the way it’s scripted and filmed, it’s unique to anything else I have seen on our screens!