The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today that Carnival Films’ award-winning Downton Abbey will be the subject of a BAFTA Tribute and honoured with a Special Award on Tuesday 11 August.
The show screens its final season later this year, so BAFTA doesn’t have long to rectify overlooking the show so regularly at its annual TV awards. From its five seasons the most internationally successful British drama in the last decade has managed to collect two BAFTA gongs.
Carnival has had BAFTA wins with other projects, including this year winning the Best Mini-Series
gong for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, on which ex-pat Kiwi Kimberley Hikaka was a producer. Hikaka has also been a production executive or head of production for much of Downton’s run.
Carnival also has in development the working-titled Bay of Plenty cop drama from Neil Cross, Libertine’s Creative Director.
Cross has plenty of experience with the long arm of the law on UK screens, having led two seasons of Spooks and created Luther.
Downton producers Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant will produce for Carnival, Cross, Richard Fletcher and Paul Davis for Libertine.