BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Richard Ayoade calls Paul Mescal ‘a b*****d’ PRE-watershed and takes a VERY cheeky swipe at Big Narstie as he drops dry one liners while hosting
Richard Ayoade delighted viewers with his dry one liners and witty sense of humour as he hosted the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 on Sunday.
The actor, 44, ripped into Normal People’s Paul Mescal, 25, calling him an ‘absolute b*****d’ and teased actor Greg Davies, 53, during the ceremony, leaving some fans to say he ‘smashed’ the presenting gig.
However, Richard divided opinion as he took a very cheeky swipe at Big Narstie, 35, over his chaotic video acceptance speech after winning the Comedy Entertainment Programme category.
Going for it: Richard Ayoade delighted viewers with his dry one liners and witty sense of humour as he hosted the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 in London on Sunday
After hearing that his series The Big Narstie show had been victorious, the rapper started to speak and his pals spoke over him chanting ‘speech, speech, speech’.
When Big Narstie did manage to start thanking the cast and crew, one of the excited men with him repeated the words and made it hard to hear what was going on.
Before the camera went from the chaotic video call to the studio, one of the team shouted: ‘Everyone doubted you now Narstie, now you’ve won a BAFTA.’
Once the camera was back on him, Richard ensured to keep a straight-face as he declared: ‘Don’t do drugs.’
‘He’s an absolute b*****d’: The presenter, 44, had the audience laughing when he cheekily sweared while talking about Normal People’s Paul Mescal following the actor’s speech
Joke: Richard divided opinion as he took a cheeky swipe at Big Narstie, 35, over his chaotic video acceptance speech after winning the Comedy Entertainment Programme category, with the rapper joined by co-host Mo Gilligan and the show’s producers for the call
Although getting a few laughs in the socially-distanced venue, some viewers at home thought Richard’s jibe was a little harsh, saying that it was a ‘cheap laugh’.
One tweeted: ‘Implying everyone from the big narstie show is on drugs for a cheap laugh………probably means you need to try harder at comedy #BAFTAS’
And another added: ‘Oucchh @RichardAyoade saying ‘Don’t do drugs’ after @MoTheComedian and @bignarstie won an award’
Richard also cheekily ripped into Normal People star Paul Mescal, who won in the Lead Actor category and dedicated his award to co-star Daisy Edgar Jones.
Chaos: After hearing that his series had been victorious, the rapper started to speak and his pals spoke over him chanting ‘speech, speech, speech’ before repeating all of his words
‘Ouch’: Some viewers took to Twitter to comment on the very dry jibe during the night
Not impressed: But others thought Richard was making a ‘cheap laugh’ with the comment
After Paul delivered a sweet speech thanking the show’s team and his family, Richard quipped that the actor is ‘an absolute b****d’ as he left the stage.
While elsewhere during the show, Richard dropped another of his one-liners at the expense of Greg Davies who was speaking with the nominees for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.
Although trying to make conversation and be witty, it seemed as if some of the stars were not hearing his comments which created a rather awkward silent moment.
Richard then interjected by sarcastically saying: ‘Zoom is great for banter, isn’t it Greg?’
Harsh? After Normal People star Paul delivered a sweet and emotional speech thanking the show’s team and his family, Richard quipped that the actor is such ‘a b****d’ as he left the stage
Praise: Both Paul and his co-star Daisy Edgar Jones earned praise for their performances as the lovestruck pair Marianne and Connell in the drama Normal People
‘Some people just have a natural way with words’: BAFTA joked about Richard’s quip as they shared Paul’s speech to Twitter on Sunday night
‘It’s one of the best moments in BAFTA Awards history!’: Viewers were also entertained by the savage comment, with one person calling Richard a ‘legend’ on Twitter
And there was more Zoom-related jokes when the cast of Casualty accepted the award for Soap And Continuing Drama via the video platform.
The stars appeared from the show’s set via Zoom, but it seemed the router may need some adjustments as their speech was plagued by a poor connection.
Nothing the technical difficulties, a fixture of many awards in 2021 due to the reliance on Zoom and satellite technology, Richard ended the speech with the words: ‘Get a new router.’
Several people watching the show praised Richard for his sense of humour and unforgiving quips about several of the nominees on the night.
Nobody’s safe: Richard also ripped into actor Greg Davies, 53, during the ceremony as well as the cast of Casualty who were hit with technical difficulties
Oh dear! Despite trying to keep its attendees safe during the pandemic, the ceremony wasn’t without tech issues as the cast of Casualty accepted the Soap And Continuing Drama award
Taking to Twitter during the show, one person penned: ‘And the #BAFTA for everything in the the entire universe goes to… Richard Ayoade!’
And another penned: ‘Can Richard Ayoade just host and other star in everything from now on? I’m officially done with awards ceremonies but he makes everything great. #BAFTAS’
While someone else added: ‘All award shows should be hosted by Richard Ayoade please and thank you.’
Also singing the comedian’s praises, another fan wrote: ‘Award shows can be dull but Richard Ayoade presenting and making comments on every winner and moment has made the BAFTA tv awards hilarious.’
Loving it: Several BAFTA Award viewers applauded Richard’s presenting style, with some saying he ‘smashed’ the gig and should present all the award shows
Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards celebrated and rewarded the very best programmes and performances of 2020.
The evening was hosted by Richard Ayoade and featured performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench
While Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Bill Bailey, Jon Snow, Oti Mabuse, Rob Beckett, Rose Matafeo, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Zawe Ashton acted as presenters.
Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – appeared via video call during the ceremony.
Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, won two more BAFTAs on Sunday, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel.
The drama series follows a woman who seeks to rebuild her life after a sexual assault.
Important: The Awards saw Diversity triumph, with Ashley Banjo reflecting on the ‘torrent of abuse’ he received following the troupe’s BLM-inspired performance
Elsewhere, the Leading Actor award was won by first-time nominee Paul Mescal for his performance as Connell in Normal People.
Malachi Kirby, another first-time winner, won for his performance in Small Axe in the Supporting Actor category. Small Axe had led this year’s nominations with 15 nods.
And Small Axe – which features five films that tell stories about lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s – also picked up two Leading Actor nominations with John Boyega and Shaun Parkes both receiving nods.
Rakie Ayola also won her first BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her performance in Anthony.
Another first-time nominee, Aimee Lou Wood scooped a gong in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing Aimee Gibbs in Sex Education.
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme was awarded to Charlie Cooper for his performance in This Country.
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan received the BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for The Ranganation.
Prestigious: Michaela Coel also won two awards for her critically lauded drama I May Destroy You
Save Me Too received the BAFTA for Drama Series and Sitting in Limbo won for Single Drama.
The Big Narstie Show won Comedy Entertainment Programme, its first win following its previous nomination in 2019. And the BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Life & Rhymes while Scripted Comedy was awarded to Inside No 9.
The School That Tried to End Racism received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual. Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace won in the Features category. They Saw the Sun First won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.
Casualty was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama, its first since 2018. The Great House Giveaway won the BAFTA in the new Daytime category.
News Coverage was awarded to Sky News’ Inside Idlib, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to America’s War on Abortion (Exposure). International was awarded to Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville).
Spread out: The guests and nominees all sat spaced out in the venue to abide by Covid safety rules, and all attendees wore masks unless they took to the stage to present an award
Once Upon a Time in Iraq received the BAFTA for Factual Series, Locked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) won Single Documentary and The Surgeon’s Cut won Specialist Factual.
England V West Indies Test Cricket triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to Springwatch 2020.
And Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was scooped by Britain’s Got Talent for the moment when Diversity performed a routine inspired by the events of 2020.
The category also saw nods to Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton and when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season.
BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Winners
GANGS OF LONDON
I HATE SUZIE
SAVE ME TOO – WINNER
JOHN BOYEGA – Small Axe
JOSH O’CONNOR – The Crown
PAAPA ESSIEDU – I May Destroy You
PAUL MESCAL – Normal People – WINNER
SHAUN PARKES – Small Axe
WALEED ZUAITER – Baghdad Central
BILLIE PIPER – I Hate Suzie
DAISY EDGAR-JONES – Normal People
HAYLEY SQUIRES – Adult Material
JODIE COMER – Killing Eve
LETITIA WRIGHT – Small Axe
MICHAELA COEL – I May Destroy You – WINNER
KUNAL NAYYAR – Criminal: UK
MALACHI KIRBY – Small Axe – WINNER
MICHAEL SHEEN – Quiz
MICHEAL WARD – Small Axe
RUPERT EVERETT – Adult Material
TOBIAS MENZIES – The Crown
HELENA BONHAM CARTER – The Crown
LEILA FARZAD – I Hate Suzie
RAKIE AYOLA – Anthony – WINNER
SIENA KELLY – Adult Material
SOPHIE OKONEDO – Criminal: UK
WERUCHE OPIA – I May Destroy You
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
CHARLIE BROOKER’S ANTIVIRAL WIPE
ROB & ROMESH VS Jack Shillaker
THE BIG NARSTIE SHOW – WINNER
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
AIMEE LOU WOOD – Sex Education – WINNER
DAISY HAGGARD – Breeders
DAISY MAY COOPER – This Country
EMMA MACKEY – Sex Education
GBEMISOLA IKUMELO – Famalam
MAE MARTIN – Feel Good
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
CHARLIE COOPER – This Country -WINNER
GUZ KHAN – Man Like Mobeen
JOSEPH GILGUN – Brassic
NCUTI GATWA – Sex Education
PAUL RITTER – Friday Night Dinner
REECE SHEARSMITH – Inside No.9
I MAY DESTROY YOU – WINNER
AMERICA’S WAR ON ABORTION (EXPOSURE) – WINNER
ITALY’S FRONTLINE: A DOCTOR’S DIARY
THE BATTLE FOR HONG KONG (DISPATCHES)
THE CYPRUS PAPERS UNDERCOVER (AL JAZEERA INVESTIGATIONS)
JIMMY MCGOVERN’S MOVING ON
RICHARD OSMAN’S HOUSE OF GAMES
THE GREAT HOUSE GIVEAWAY – WINNER
ADAM HILLS – The Last Leg
BRADLEY WALSH – Beat the Chasers
CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN – Strictly Come Dancing
DAVID MITCHELL – Would I Lie to You? At Christmas
GRAHAM NORTON – The Graham Norton Show
ROMESH RANGANATHAN – The Ranganation – WINNER
ANT & DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY
LIFE & RHYMES – WINNER
STRICTLY COME DANCING
THE MASKED SINGER
CRIME & PUNISHMENT
LOSING IT: OUR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRAQ – WINNER
BIG ZUU’S BIG EATS
LONG LOST FAMILY: BORN WITHOUT TRACE – WINNER
MORTIMER AND WHITEHOUSE: GONE FISHING
THE REPAIR SHOP
BBC NEWS AT TEN: PRIME MINISTER ADMITTED TO INTENSIVE CARE
CHANNEL 4 NEWS: DETERRING DEMOCRACY
NEWSNIGHT: COVID CARE CRISIS
SKY NEWS: INSIDE IDLIB – WINNER
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS
RACE ACROSS THE WORLD
THE SCHOOL THAT TRIED TO END RACISM – WINNER
THE WRITE OFFS
BBW (ON THE EDGE)
SITTING IN LIMBO – WINNER
THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
CASUALTY – WINNER
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA: THE GAY PURGE (STORYVILLE) – WINNER
LIFE DRAWING LIVE!
SPRINGWATCH – WINNER
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE
THE THIRD DAY: AUTUMN Production Team
INSIDE NO. 9 – WINNER
MAN LIKE MOBEEN
SHORT FORM PROGRAMME
DISABLED NOT DEFEATED: THE ROCK BANS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES – DELTA 7
THE MAIN PART
THEY SAW THE SUN FIRST – WINNER
AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR
ANTON FERDINAND: FOOTBALL, RACISM & ME
LOCKED IN: BREAKING THE SILENCE (STORYVILLE) – WINNER
VIRGIN MEDIA’S MUST-SEE MOMENT (voted for by the public)
BRIDGERTON – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020 – WINNER
EASTENDERS – Gray kills Chantelle
GOGGLEBOX – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference
NIGELLA’S COOK, EAT, REPEAT – Mee-cro-wah-vay
THE MANDALORIAN – Luke Skywalker arrives
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