Behind the Scenes: BAFTA TV Awards 2012
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In the sweltering heat of an Indian summer, I joined a veritable constellation of stars at the Royal Festival Hall for the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards. The south bank venue was bustling with camera crews and crowds edging forward to get a glimpse of, or even an autograph from… Nick Hewer. I guess I arrived a little too early. The red carpet was, in this case, not red at all. Provided by the Plantation Rug Co., it was actually in a proud Union Jack pattern, befitting an award ceremony which honours the achievements of our nation’s televised productions over the past year. Things were no cooler inside the building, and the strict black tie dress code was certainly slowing some people down. Busily fielding questions from the press, host Dara O’Briain was in the full focus of the sun as well as the cameras- an unenviable position to be in- and Inbetweeners star Simon Bird was equally busily with signings and pictures. After an hour or so the building was immensely crowded, and in the stage area people flocked to take their seats. Never before had I been in a room with so many faces I recognized, and so few people I personally knew. Michael McIntyre, Jon Snow, Ricky Gervais… I was so absorbed that I bumped straight into Terry Pratchett, with embarrassed apologies all around. Failing to learn my lesson, I then walked into notorious rapper Professor Green, and when my heart resumed beating I was a lot more careful. It’s always fun to bump into celebrities, but usually not literally.
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