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Bafta changes rules following Killing Eve controversy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit drama premiered in the US before it was shown to UK audiences.

BBC handout photo of Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, in season two of Killing Eve (Aimee Spinks/BBC America)
BBC handout photo of Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer, in season two of Killing Eve (Aimee Spinks/BBC America)

By Sherna Noah, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Bafta has changed its eligibility rules following controversy over Killing Eve’s inclusion at this year’s TV awards.

The hit drama, which premiered in the US, was deemed eligible despite Bafta rules stating that a programme must have premiered in the UK.

Now Bafta has announced: “UK programmes will no longer be required to premiere in the UK.”

The change enables “the very best British creators and content to be recognised by Bafta regardless of where the show is first transmitted”, it said.

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Fiona Shaw, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer at the Baftas (Ian West/PA)

Programmes which first aired outside the UK will qualify for the production categories if they are broadcast to UK audiences within the calendar year.

Earlier this year, the hit BBC drama won three awards at the TV ceremony, leading the wins.

Jodie Comer scooped best actress, Fiona Shaw supporting actress and the show won drama series.

Hannah Wyatt, chair of Bafta’s television committee, said: “Bafta is committed to rewarding British productions that can be enjoyed by British audiences.

“We are always looking to reflect the ever-changing industry, ensuring our rules remain fit for purpose.

“As we see British creative talent and productions increasingly capturing global audiences, we feel now in the right time to make this adjustment.”

The announcement came as Bafta said its committees and jury chairs are being offered independent unconscious bias training ahead of the 2020 awards season.

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