irgin Media is delighted to welcome you once again to the British Academy Television Awards – a night of celebrations dedicated to the very best television of 2018. With more choice and more ways to watch than ever before, television has never been better and, as a nation, we’re incredibly passionate about this golden age. There has been a huge shift in how we watch and engage with our favourite programmes, but we still love nothing more than planning big nights on the sofa with family and friends, watching the moments that got us all talking and sharing. At Virgin Media, we call it ‘staying in-in’. We’re proud of the part we play in helping the British public celebrate the best television of 2018, as we put the voting power in their hands for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment award. This evening’s nominees created the television moments we didn’t just stay in to watch, but ones that we’ll remember for years to come. On behalf of BAFTA and Virgin Media, we’d like to say a special thank you to our judging panel, expertly chaired by Krishnendu Majumdar, of BAFTA’s Television Committee. The panel enthusiastically debated all the explosive cliffhangers, laugh-out-loud moments and edge-of-your-seat action to agree on a shortlist that demonstrates what diverse, unforgettable television truly means. Tonight, we invite you to join us in recognising those who craft incredible stories, bring mesmerising characters to life and show a global audience what the UK industry is all about. They represent the pinnacle of British entertainment; all the nominees can be very proud. I hope you enjoy ‘going out-out’ at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards.
TO M M O C K R I D G E
Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media