BBC backlash as It’s A Sin clips censored at BAFTAs after drama ‘snubbed’ at awards

BAFTA viewers vented their fury after the popular Channel 4 drama took home zero awards, despite being nominated for seven. The BBC is also facing backlash after clips from the series were muted and censored during Sunday’s BAFTA ceremony. It’s A Sin, which was written by Russell T Davies, centres around a group of friends in London during the HIV/AIDS crisis throughout the 1980s and 1990s. 

The hard-hitting Channel 4 drama failed to secure an award during Sunday’s awards ceremony including the gongs for best mini-series and best actor for Olly Alexander. 

To make matters worse, the BBC appeared to cut off the sound of clips used when stars David Carlyle and Callum Scott Howells were nominated in the supporting actor category. 

They lost out to Matthew Macfadyen for his role in the HBO series Succession.

The sound appeared to be muted when an example of Callum and David’s performances aired. 

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Viewers were left raging during the ceremony, with some branding the editing “absolutely shocking” after initially believing it was a blunder. 

George fumed on Twitter: “If BAFTA can’t even show a TV clip discussing HIV/AIDS without muting, how does wider society progress?”

Katie Homer added: “They also muted clips from the show which I think is very concerning for all involved in producing the @BAFTA ceremony. 

“One thing not to give awards but censoring dialogue is a whole other level.” 

Stuart Borley exclaimed: “I think it suffered from timing. It was over a year ago but just about not eligible last year. It was incredible and will go down in history I’m sure.” 

The award for best actor, which Years and Years singer Olly Alexander was nominated for, went to Sean Bean for his leading role in the prison drama Time. 

Olly’s It’s A Sin co-star Lydia West, who was nominated for leading actress, lost out to Killing Eve star Jodie Comer for her performance in Help. 

It’s A Sin was also in the running to win the award for best mini-series, but BBC One drama Time walked away with the accolade. 

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