3 AGO 2020

SKY ORIGINAL DRAMA "CHERNOBYL" BECOMES MOST-AWARDED BRITISH SERIES EVER

The show has been breaking records for Sky since it debuted in May last year, becoming its most-watched drama ever and quickly topping the highest-rated shows on entertainment website IMDb, ahead of long-running fan favorites such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Wire".

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Sky original drama "Chernobyl" became the most awarded British TV series in a single year ever at the last 2020 British Academy Television Awards. The drama about the 1986 nuclear meltdown added gongs for Mini-Series and Leading Actor for Jared Harris to its seven wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards on July 17th – making it the most awarded British TV show ever in a single year.

"Chernobyl" has been breaking records for Sky since it debuted in May last year, becoming its most-watched drama ever and quickly topping the highest-rated shows on entertainment website IMDb, ahead of long-running fan favorites such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Wire". To date, the show, which was produced by Sister, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games has picked-up over 60 awards including two Golden Globes and 10 Primetime Emmys.

Commenting on the wins, Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “We’re incredibly proud that the terrifying true story of Chernobyl is BAFTAs most awarded series in a single year ever. As well as highlighting the truly brilliant work of everyone involved in Chernobyl, this recognition reflects the success of our increased investment in original production and fuels Sky’s ambition to make more ground-breaking original TV for our viewers.”

It was a big night for the broadcaster, after receiving a record 25 nominations across all categories Sky also picked up the award for News Coverage for Sky News’ reporting on the Hong Kong protests. Sky’s total wins across the BAFTA Television and Television Craft awards for 2020 was 12 – a record for the broadcaster, topping the seven wins received last year across both awards, including four for Patrick Melrose.

CHERNOBYL’S RECORD NUMBER OF BAFTA WINS:

MINI-SERIES
CHERNOBYL Production Team – Sky Atlantic/HBO - Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

LEADING ACTOR
JARED HARRIS Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO - Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

DIRECTOR: FICTION
JOHAN RENCK Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

EDITING: FICTION
JINX GODFREY, SIMON SMITH Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

COSTUME DESIGN
ODILE DICKS-MIREAUX Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

ORIGINAL MUSIC
HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR Chernobyl - Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

PHOTOGRAPHY & LIGHTING: FICTION
JAKOB IHRE Chernobyl - Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

PRODUCTION DESIGN
LUKE HULL, CLAIRE LEVINSON-GENDLER Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

SOUND: FICTION
SOUND TEAM Chernobyl – Sky Atlantic/HBO, Sister, The Mighty Mint, Word Games

FURTHER SKY BAFTA WINS

NEWS COVERAGE
HONG KONG PROTESTS Production Team – Sky News

SOUND: FACTUAL
BATTLE OF THE BRASS BANDS - Sky Arts/ Twofour

WRITER: DRAMA
JESSE ARMSTRONG Succession - HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions, HBO/Sky Atlantic.


Sky continues to invest in the cultural economy of the UK and Ireland with the very best original content, spanning drama, comedy, factual, and entertainment. Forthcoming highlights for this year include drama series "I Hate Suzie", starring Billie Piper, "The Third Day" starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, and comedy "Two Weeks to Live" starring Maisie Williams and Sian Clifford.

Following the success of Sky originals like "Chernobyl", Sky intends to double its investment in original content by 2024. As well as developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK creative sector in the first five years alone.