BLM dance on Britain’s Got Talent in running for Bafta ‘must-see’ award

Diversity routine that drew 24,500 complaints is up against Nigella, EastEnders and Bridgerton

A Black Lives Matter-inspired dance routine on Britain’s Got Talent that attracted thousands of complaints has been shortlisted for a Bafta television award.

The dance group Diversity are one of six nominees for the must-see moment award, which is voted for by the public, following the reaction to their performance on the Saturday night ITV programme, which included references to the murder of George Floyd and contributed to a discussion on how race is covered in the television industry.

Ofcom received 24,500 complaints about the performance, with viewers claiming it was racist towards white people and biased against white police officers. The media regulator found there was no case to answer and said it backed artistic freedom of expression.

The idiosyncratic shortlist for the award, which focuses on television moments that became talking points, encompasses everything from the identity of the mysterious Lady Whistledown being revealed in Netflix’s period drama Bridgerton, to abusive husband Gray Atkins killing Chantelle in BBC One’s EastEnders, Luke Skywalker appearing in Disney’s The Mandalorian, and Gogglebox stars being baffled by Boris Johnson’s press conferences.

The sixth nomination in the category, chosen following an extensive longlisting process by an “independent jury of national media experts”, went to a clip of Nigella Lawson pronouncing the word “microwave” with an additional syllable.

The winner of the public vote will receive their award at the Baftas ceremony on the evening of 6 June. Nominees for the other categories are yet to be announced.

The comedian Richard Ayoade is returning to host the ceremony for a second year. Unlike last year, where he had to make do with a series of Zoom interviews from award winners, the intention is for the programme to return to a studio with more in-person interaction.


Jim Waterson Media editor

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