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28/03/2019 16:04 GMT | Updated 28/03/2019 16:23 GMT

Bafta Admits Bending The Rules To Make Killing Eve Eligible For Nomination

We're totally here for this move, to be honest.

Killing Eve swept the board when this morning’s TV Bafta nominations were announced, but clued-up TV fans soon noticed something a little odd about the news.

The TV Baftas are a celebration of British television and all the non-International categories (otherwise known as “almost all of them”) require nominees to have had “worldwide premiere transmission in the UK” – which Killing Eve did not. 

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Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve

The show, a BBC America production, aired in the US six months before it was shown here, which was soon pointed out on Twitter. 

After receiving queries as to whether the rules had been adjusted slightly, Bafta has confirmed this is the case. 

Replying to a Twitter user via their official account, they explained: “Bafta’s TV Committee has deemed Killing Eve eligible owing to the signifiant creative contribution from key talent residing in the UK both in front of and behind the camera. 

“Development and post-production also took place in the UK.” 

Elaborating further in a statement issued to HuffPost UK, a spokesperson added that of Killing Eve’s 14 nominations, nine were eligible under Baftas’s criteria. 

The other five were deemed eligible by the committee. 

Killing Eve stars British actress Jodie Comer opposite US-based actress Sandra Oh. It was developed and written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Before it had even premiered, a second season was confirmed, and the first two trailers for this were revealed earlier this year.

Unfortunately for us, fans in the States will once again get a first look at the all-new episodes when they premiere in early April before being aired here this summer.

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