Best of the TV BAFTAs

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At last night’s TV BAFTA awards, the cream of the television crop were out in full force. To celebrate, here are ELLE’s edit of our favourite five nominated shows.

Breaking Bad

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The roaring success that has following since it invaded our screens has not diminished in the slightest. Its success has been so great that it has even permeated our British consciousness, so much to the point that it swooped an award in last night’s 'International' category. The American Crime/Drama centres on chemistry teacher Walter White who - on being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and falling hard on his luck - turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystal meth.

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The Fall

Jamie Dornan, psychotic killer? Paul Spector was not exactly the actor’s most amiable role to date - however, ELLE was sad to see Jamie Dornan miss out on a BAFTA for Best Actor last night, with the show nearly scooping awards in two categories. The British crime series took viewers on a nail-bitingly terrifying and suspenseful rollercoaster ride, and all we can say is that we can’t wait for Series 2.

Burton & Taylor

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Both Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West were nominated (respectively for 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actress') for their lead roles in the BBC Four film, Burton & Taylor. Focusing on one of showbiz’s most iconic couples at a particularly tumultuous time in their relationship, the film was wry and subtle, yet moving.

Black Mirror: Be Right Back

In all of its (too) short two-series reign, Charlie Brooker’s dark, satirical drama series Black Mirror never once failed to make us feel shock, awe or despair. The second series somehow managed to supplant the first in terms of thought-provoking and disturbing topics, which is why its nomination in the ‘Single Drama’ category doesn’t really surprise us. The standout episode in question saw Domhnall Gleeson as a eerie human replica – the product of a service that supposedly abated grief by reanimating a machine-type version of your loved one. The episode leaves a lingering unease on the viewer with its critiques on society’s dependency on technology. Creepy.

Great British Bake Off

We’re not ashamed to say that the show took over our screens (and lives) for a good ten-week period. The series involved 13 amateur bakers battling it out to be crowned the best - resulting in an unimaginably turbulent series of custard-thefts and sponge disasters, the aftermath of which saw ELLE columnist Ruby Tandoh fall victim to a barrage of critiques and misogyny. Dramatic to say the least.

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