Within the last few hours this year’s BAFTA annual award nominees have been announced and Blue Planet II has been nominated in six categories.
This programme has already received the National Television 'Impact' Award on 23 January 2018.
The two BAFTA TV awards are:
- Basquiat: Rage to Riches (BBC Two)
- Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain (BBC Two)
- Blue Planet II (BBC One)
- Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (BBC Two)
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The following are the British Academy Television 'Craft' Awards. They recognise, honour and acknowledge the incredible work of the technicians in television craft.
In the 'Editing Factual' category, two editors - Matt Meech and Nigel Buck - have been respectively shortlisted for the 'One Ocean' and 'The Deep' episodes.
- ANDY DEACON, KEVIN DUFF, ANDY JAMES, MARK McLOUGHLIN World War One Remembered: Passchendaele – BBC Studios / BBC Two
- GRAHAM WILD, GEORGE FRY, JAMES BURCHILL Mountain: Life at the Extreme (Himalaya) – BBC Studios / BBC Natural History Unit / BBC Two
- GRAHAM WILD, TIM OWENS, KATE HOPKINS Blue Planet II (Coral Reefs) – BBC Studios / BBC Natural History Unit / BBC One
- KARL MAINZER, ROWAN JENNINGS, ADAM SCOURFIELD, SEAN O’NEIL David Bowie: The Last Five Years – BBC Studios / BBC Two
- RUSSELL EDWARDS The Grand Tour – W Chump and Sons / Amazon
- ANNA PRICE Louis Theroux: Dark States (Heroin Town) – BBC Studios / BBC Two
- GED MURPHY David Bowie: The Last Five Years – BBC Studios / BBC Two
- MATT MEECH Blue Planet II (One Ocean) – BBC Studios / BBC Natural History Unit / BBC Worldwide / Open University / WDR / BBC America / Tencent / France Televisions / CCTV9/ BBC One
- NIGEL BUCK Blue Planet II (The Deep) – BBC Studios / BBC Natural History Unit / BBC Worldwide / Open University / WDR / BBC America / Tencent / France Televisions / CCTV9/ BBC One
- WILL GRAYBURN Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me – Raw TV / BBC Two
Titles & Graphic Identity
- BBC CREATIVE TEAM Blue Planet II - BBC Studios / BBC Natural History Unit / BBC Worldwide / Open University / WDR/ BBC America / Tencent / France Televisions / CCTV9 / BBC One
- LIQUID TV Have I Got News for You – Hat Trick Productions / BBC One
- MORGAN BERINGER Top of the Lake: China Girl – See-Saw Films / BBC Two
Being chosen, along with fellow cinematographers Roger Horrocks and Ted Giffords, to represent the hugely talented camera team is a real honour in itself, for which I’m very grateful. Roger Munns, Underwater cinematographer
- DANIEL VERNON, DANIEL DEWSBURY The Detectives: Murder on the Streets – Minnow Films / Open University / BBC Two
- FADI AL-HALABI, HASSAN KATTAN, THAER MOHAMMED Storyville, Last Men in Aleppo (Storyville) – Larm Film / Aleppo Media Centre / Kloos & Co. Medien / BBC Four
- OLIVIER SARBIL The Fight for Mosul (Dispatches) – Mongoose Pictures / Frontline PBS / Channel 4
- TED GIFFORDS, ROGER MUNNS, ROGER HORROCKS Blue Planet II (One Ocean) – BBC Studios / BBC Natural History Unit / BBC Worldwide / Open University / WDR/ BBC America / Tencent / France Televisions / CCTV9 / BBC One
"I’m very honoured to have been nominated for a BAFTA in the Photography: Factual category for my camera work on Blue Planet II – One Ocean (the first episode of the BBC’s Blue Planet II)." stated Roger Munns, Underwater cinematographer.
"Much of the credit for the images we get as underwater cinematographers on these big landmark projects must go to the production team and local support crew. The Bristol-based team research, plan, produce and direct each individual story with that incredible passion and attention to detail that the BBC Natural History Unit is renowned for, and those characteristics are always echoed by the fantastic local crew we are privileged to work with in the field wherever we are.
Therefore, with that preparation and field assistance, when we go on location as camera ops we always have the best possible chance of getting great images. I always feel that a photography nomination is a reflection on the whole team’s work, not just the cinematographers."
Roger Munns wrote about working as a Blue Planet II underwater cameraman. Click here to read his blog.
Sue Perkins will host the awards ceremony on the 13 May, at the London's Royal Festival Hall.