An underwhelming result for LGBTQ+ talent as fans left ‘speechless’ after It’s a Sin fails to win big at BAFTA TV Awards

It's a Sin (Channel 4)

It’s a Disgrace: It’s a Sin didn’t pick up a gong in any of its nominated major categories at the 2022 BAFTA TV Awards.


It was a night of meh surprises at the 2022 BAFTA TV Awards, with some of the top favourites and most powerful on-screen moments missing out on honors during the 2022 ceremony.


The biggest ‘WTAF?’ moment of the evening is undoubtedly record-breaking TV Drama It’s A Sinthe Russell T Davies show charting the rise of the AIDS and HIV epidemic in London during the 80’s, failing to pick up any major awards, despite receiving six nominations, including five in the performances categories.

Although the series did pick up two trophies, for Best Editor and Director, at the Bafta Craft Awards last month, fans couldn’t quite believe the groundbreaking drama failed to win any major awards tonight (8 May).

The drama was up for Best Mini-Series, with Olly Alexander in the running for Leading Actor and Lydia West competing for Leading Actress.

However, as the awards were handed out, BBC prison drama Time bagged the Mini-Series category, Sean Bean won Leading Actor for the same drama and Jodie Comer’s performance in Channel 4’s Help beat West and Kate Winslet in the Leading Actress Category.


Despite a criminal lack of wins for It’s a Sin, Davies still had a big night on the red carpet as news today broke of Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa being cast as the new Doctor Who.

Davies, who will be returning to Doctor Who as show runner for the next season, said of the casting:

“Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars. Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those Tardis keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started.”

Sex Education itself, however, also left without any gongs, missing out on its two nominations.


Fans of It’s a Sin took immediately to social media to vent frustration at the BAFTA outcome, with many also angry that clips of the show appeared to be muted during the broadcast when shown in the nominees’ packages.

Some scenes seemed to appear without sound, leaving many viewers questioning why different snippets couldn’t have been aired.


One user said, “Why do they keep muting the audio on It’s A Sin clips? #BAFTAS #Baftas2022”, while another wrote: “It’s a sin not getting any awards so far is daylight robbery. Also the BBC muting it’s a sin scenes … I see you BBC … #Baftas2022.”


Some tweets below along with a list of nominees and winners.

Comedy Entertainment Programme

WINNER: The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan

The Graham Norton Show

Race Around Britain

The Ranganation

Current Affairs

WINNER: Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure)

Four Hours at the Capitol

The Men Who Sell Football (Al Jazeera Investigations)

Trump Takes on the World


WINNER: The Chase


Richard Osman’s House of Games

Steph’s Packed Lunch

Drama Series

WINNER: In My Skin

Manhunt: The Night Stalker



Entertainment Performance

WINNER: Big Zuu (Big Zuu’s Big Eats)

Alison Hammond (I Can See Your Voice)

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)

Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back)

Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel)

Sean Lock (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown)

Entertainment Programme

WINNER: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

An Audience with Adele

Life & Rhymes

Strictly Come Dancing

The Factual Series

WINNER: Uprising

The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime

9/11: One Day in America

Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles


WINNER: Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Sort Your Life Out

The Great British Sewing Bee

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

WINNER: Sophie Willan (Alma’s Not Normal)

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)

Aisling Bea (This Way Up)

Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)

Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats)

Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)


WINNER: The Underground Railroad

Call My Agent!


Mare of Easttown

Squid Game


Leading Actor

WINNER: Sean Bean (Time)

David Thewlis (Landscapers)

Hugh Quarshie (Stephen)

Olly Alexander (It’s A Sin)

Samuel Adewunmi (You Don’t Know Me)

Stephen Graham (Help)

Leading Actress

WINNER: Jodie Comer (Help)

Denise Gough (Too Close)

Emily Watson (Too Close)

Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)

Lydia West (It’s A Sin)

Niamh Algar (Deceit)

Live Event

WINNER: The Earthshot Prize 2021

The Brit Awards 2021

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

Springwatch 2021

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

WINNER: Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats)

Joe Gilgun (Brassic)

Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)

Samson Kayo (Bloods)

Steve Coogan (This Time With Alan Partridge)

Tim Renkow (Jerk)



It’s A Sin



News Coverage

WINNER: ITV News at Ten: Storming of the Capitol

Channel 4 News: Black to Front

Good Morning Britain: Shamima Begum

Sky News: Afghanistan: Endgame

Reality and Constructed Factual

WINNER: Gogglebox

Married at First Sight UK

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

The Dog House

Scripted Comedy

WINNER: Motherland

Alma’s Not Normal

Stath Lets Flats

We Are Lady Parts

Short Form Programme

WINNER: Our Land

Hollyoaks Saved My Life (Hollyoaks IRL)

People You May Know

Please Help

Single Documentary

WINNER: My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room

Grenfell: The Untold Story

Nail Bomber: Man Hunt

Single Drama

WINNER: Together

Death of England: Face to Face


I Am Victoria

Soap & Continuing Drama

WINNER: Coronation Street



Holby City

Specialist Factual

WINNER: The Missing Children

Black Power: A British Story of Resistance

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain


WINNER: The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

ITV Racing: The Grand National

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

UEFA Euro 2020 Semi-Final: England v Denmark

Supporting Actor

WINNER: Matthew MacFadyen (Succession)

Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin)

David Carlyle (It’s A Sin)

Nonso Anozie (Sweet Tooth)

Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin)

Stephen Graham (Time)

Supporting Actress

WINNER: Cathy Tyson (Help)

Celine Buckens (Showtrial)

Emily Mortimer (The Pursuit of Love)

Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before)

Leah Harvey (Foundation)

Tahirah Sharif (The Tower)

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing – Rose and Giovanni’s silent dance to celebrate Deaf community

An Audience with Adele – Adele is surprised by her schoolteacher

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! – Ant and Dec make dig at Downing Street Partygate.

It’s A Sin – Colin is diagnosed with Aids

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – Bimini’s verse on UK Hun

Squid Game – Red Light, Green Light game