Richard Osman: Bafta ‘snobs’ are blind to the genius of daytime TV

Richard Osman, former host of Pointless, lambasted Bafta's Daytime category nominations - Jed Cullen/Dave Benett/WireImage
Richard Osman, former host of Pointless, lambasted Bafta's Daytime category nominations - Jed Cullen/Dave Benett/WireImage
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One of television's most popular presenters has accused the British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) of snubbing the achievements of daytime shows.

Richard Osman, the former presenter of Pointless and current host of House of Games, criticised the academy’s Television 2023 awards Daytime category.

Of the three nominees, Scam Interceptors airs at 10am and The Chase is normally broadcast at 5pm.

The third programme to be nominated, The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit, a special edition that featured King Charles, was broadcast at 8pm, though its regular editions are broadcast at either 2.30pm or 8pm.

In an angry tweet aimed at Bafta, Osman - who has also published a series of best-selling crime novels - described the decision to ignore other more daytime shows as “snobbish”:

Mr Osman’s tweets prompted viewers to post their own comments in support of daytime shows.

Richard Atkins-Greig, a BBC producer, wrote:

Others said a similar snobbish attitude appeared to extend to regional news programmes.

Steve Saul, a presenter and journalist with BBC North West and BBC Radio Manchester, also tweeted, with Mr Osman replying:

Helen Warner, former head of daytime television at ITV, said Osman was “absolutely right”, telling Radio 4’s Today Programme: “There’s always been a snobbishness towards daytime. It stems from a feeling that it's really easy to do. The opposite is really true: It’s so demanding. The people that work on those shows are incredibly talented.”

Bafta, which only introduced the Daytime category two years ago, defended its choice of nominations, saying they “meet the published eligibility criteria and remain in place”. However, it said it would look at the criticism ahead of next year’s nominations.

Bafta’s rules state that if fewer than 20 programmes are submitted for a category only three are nominated.

A Bafta spokesman said: “Our Television and Television Craft Awards are a celebration of the TV industry and all its programming, from soaps and reality, to drama and documentaries – and the Bafta Television committee that sets the rules and eligibility criteria is made up of representatives of all the major broadcasters.

“Bafta introduced the Daytime category in 2021 with the intention of giving more profile to programmes and programme makers that historically have been under-recognised for their important contribution to the TV landscape and we will take on board all feedback when reviewing this category for our 2024 Awards.

"The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit was deemed eligible by Bafta’s TV committee because it was originally commissioned by Daytime and for its volume of output as a series."