Lincoln Lecturer shortlisted for BAFTA Craft Award

Grant Bridgeman, who teaches in the Lincoln School of Film & Media, has been shortlisted alongside his team in the Best Sound (Fiction) category at the BAFTA Craft Awards 2015.

The annual  British Academy Television Craft Awards honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent working in television. This year a diverse range of programmes will compete for the coveted BAFTA masks. Contenders include the teams behind fantasy drama Da Vinci’s Demons; historical crime drama Peaky Blinders; and Saturday-night favourite Strictly Come Dancing.

Grant has been nominated for his work as a sound-recordist on Cilla, alongside colleagues Richard Davey, Simon Gershon and Keith Marriner. They will compete with the sound teams behind Sherlock, That Day We Sang and The Missing for the BAFTA Craft Award, which will be presented at a glittering ceremony in London on Sunday 26th April.

Cilla is a British drama television series about the early career of Cilla Black. It was broadcast in three parts on ITV in 2014, with Sheridan Smith playing the starring role. The series is based around Black’s hometown of Liverpool and follows her rise to fame from 1960 amateur appearances in local clubs.

Speaking about his nomination, Grant Bridgeman said: “Being nominated for the BAFTA Craft Award for Best Sound (Fiction) for Cilla is truly amazing. My sound team on set (Sarah Howe, Gareth Duffy, Ryan McMurray and Sally Hesketh) did an amazing job of capturing the dialogue and live singing performances from the brilliant cast. We were using a combination of the latest sound recording technology with fully-working period microphones to capture the sound of the period as accurately as we possibly could.

“The post-production work was overseen by Richard Davey (with Keith Marriner and Simon Gershon) at Jumbuck, who took the whole piece from the sound on set to the vibrant sound of the sixties. It was such an enjoyable job to do as it felt the whole crew were pulling together to help capture those fantastic audio performances.”

Stephen Mangan will host the British Academy Television Craft Awards on 26 April at The Brewery in London. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be back for the fourth time as host of the British Academy Television Craft Awards, representing the very best in television. A BAFTA is one of the most prestigious awards to receive in the world and it’s always a great night.”

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