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Given that America has no tradition of what might be called BBC costume drama - art dressed up, epic but intimate, prettily pictorial but impeccably literate, and terribly, terribly tasteful - it is perhaps not surprising that it should clutch Anthony Minghella's The English Patient [Colin Firth and Kristin Scott-Thomas pictured right] to its bosom.

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Black actors in protest over Bafta awards

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Bafta revelations shock and amaze

Thanks to exhaustive trawling through last year's big and small screen offerings, extensive insider dealing and actionable industrial espionage, I can exclusively reveal the winners of the following Bafta awards for television ahead of tonight's glittering ceremony (8.35pm BBC1). (Well, it's hosted by Billy Connolly and Liz Hurley will be there.)

Outfoxed by a heroic failure

If Bafta hands out awards for heroic failure, the producers of The Countrymen: "The Foxhunter" (8pm BBC2) can start writing their speeches. Their attempt to make Barry Todhunter seem like a normal chap with a normal hobby tries everything: soaring, misty fells, Emmerdale-ish music, and images of bucolic country sorts singing their hearts out in front of roaring pub fires. And still Todhunter, who narrates his own story, comes out smelling of silage.

A week in the life of John McGrath: A play, a film and the BAFTA lecture at Edinburgh, a play at Glasgow and a new film in the producing - John McGrath hasn't been taking things easy since his recovery from serious illness. By Sarah Hemming

Standing in the doorway of his home, John McGrath is trying to remember why he wasn't at the Edinburgh Festival last year. 'What were we doing last year?' he asks Elizabeth MacLennan, his wife. 'You were ill, remember?' she replies. 'Oh, of course,' he says. 'That's what happened to last year.'

Spielberg adds UK prizes to his list: Holocaust drama dominates the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards ceremony

STEVEN SPIELBERG'S acclaimed film of the Holocaust, Schindler's List, dominated the British Film and Television Academy awards ceremony in London last night, adding to his success at last month's Hollywood Oscar ceremony.

Captain Moonlight: And the winner is, er, not quite finished

VIEWERS excitedly awaiting the Bafta awards for film next month might be slightly puzzled by some of the nominations. Tom and Viv for Best British Film? But has it been released yet? Er, actually no, admits Bafta. The world premiere is scheduled for 15 April, just 10 days before the ceremony.

Bafta nominations

Steven Spielberg's film Schindler's List has been nominated for 13 Bafta movie awards. Remains Of The Day, In the Name Of the Father, Shadowlands and The Piano are also nominated.

Media: Talk of the Trade: Bafta not so daft

AFTER the comical live broadcast of last year's three- hour plus Bafta awards ceremony, featuring an inordinately long catwalk for winners to negotiate and a link with sweating British actors on a Los Angeles roof garden where the drink ran out, next year's show moves from the BBC to ITV, edited down to a brisk, or at least brisker, two hours.
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