The BBC’s Panorama documentary about the row over alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party has been nominated for a Bafta TV Award, the arts charity announced today.
The 59-minute programme exploring the Labour Party’s handling of disciplinary cases, made by veteran documentary maker John Ware, with exclusive interviews with party activists and officials, was broadcast in July last year.
Is Labour Anti-Semitic?, is up against two Channel 4 programmes and one ITV documentary in the current affairs category. They are Growing up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids, The Hunt for Jihadi John and ITV’s Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag.
The documentary was strongly criticised by the Labour Party and allies of Jeremy Corbyn at the time.
The Jewish Labour Movement national secretary Peter Mason reacted to the nomination on Thursday, tweeting: “When the history of this era is written, outside of the cacophony of noise we are currently experiencing, Panorama will be remembered as a turning point when brave people, victims and whistleblowers spoke truth to power. Hope they win the BAFTA.”
Recognised across 14 categories, including for best best mini-series, is Craig Mazin’s show Chernobyl, which centres around the nuclear disaster of 1986.
Elsewhere, Prince Andrew and The Epstein Scandal, a Newsnight interview with the Duke Of York presented by Emily Maitlis is up for best news coverage.
Other nominations in the category were given to Sky News and ITV News for their coverage of the Hong Kong protests and the 2019 general election and the Victoria Derbyshire programme for an episode about knife crime.
Helena Bonham Carter is in the running for best supporting actress in her role as Princess Margaret in The Crown. She is up against Helen Behan (The Virtues), Jasmine Jobson (Top Boy), and Naomi Ackie (The End of the F***ing World.)
Over in the single documentary and director: factual categories is Arthur Cary’s BBC Two documentary The Last Survivors which featured never-before-heard testimony from Shoah survivors.
The Bafta TV awards ceremony, to be hosted behind closed doors by Richard Ayoade, will be broadcast on BBC One on 31 July.
The event, originally due to take place on 17 May, was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.