Arts and Entertainment Kevin Spacey in a scene from 'House of Cards'. The 13-episode series was made available on Netflix earlier this year.

Britain's most prestigious television awards ceremony changes its rules to reflect the way we now watch TV

Cutting to the quick

'The English Patient' has taken $55m, was four years in the making and is up for 12 Oscars. Writer-director Anthony Minghella talks to David Benedict about the heart of the matter

Film: `The English Patient' has 12 Oscar and 13 BAFTA nominations. But, asks John Lyttle, why all this fuss over a dressed-up costume drama with nowhere to go?

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.

Brickbats, bouquets and tabloid TV's first lady

For 30 years Esther Rantzen has been a consumer guru, campaigner and talk-show queen

Why I'm proud to be a tabloid journalist

I am used to provoking strong reactions - some hostile, some affectionate. However, the attack on me in the Sunday Telegraph was unprecedented in my experience because, unlike the subject of any investigation I have ever mounted, I was given absolutely no advance warning before it was printed. I had no chance whatsoever to reply to the charges.

Black actors in protest over Bafta awards

MARIANNE MACDONALD

Gromit's creator gets animated over Bafta

Nick Park, the triple-Oscar-winning animator, last night accused organisers of Britain's top film and theatre awards of belittling his work by excluding animation from their main ceremony.

Obituary: Michael Wooller

Michael Wooller came early into television as an energetic young Granada cameraman just before Granada first transmitted in 1956 and went on to make a most significant contribution to the development of arts and documentary programming.

Fighting back

HARD COPY

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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