'Strictly Come Dancing' to receive BAFTA Special Award

Strictly-Come-Dancing-Harry-Judd-shirtless_094144BAFTA has announced that Strictly Come Dancing will receive the Special Award at this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards. The long-running BBC dancing show will be honoured for its "outstanding craftsmanship" at the ceremony at The Brewery in London next month. Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said that Strictly has "set new standards for talent and creativity both here in the UK and around the world". He added: "The team of talented individuals across many departments such as lighting, costume, cameras, hair and make-up, music, direction and editing – to name a few – are directly responsible for the format’s success and we congratulate everyone involved. They really have raised the bar for studio entertainment across the globe." On receiving the award, series director Nikki Parsons, said: "We are so excited to be given this Special Award by BAFTA. We have extremely talented and creative people at every level on the team, working hard to deliver the highest quality of live television each week and I am very proud to be a part of it. "Everyone gives 110% to give the show the highest possible production values throughout every series, so it is an honour for us to be recognised for our contribution to the huge success of Strictly over the last 10 years." Abbey Clancy won the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing last year. The show will return to BBC One later in 2014. The British Academy Television Craft Awards nominations will be unveiled on Monday (March 24) ahead of the ceremony on April 27. > ‘Frozen’, Jennifer Lawrence win BAFTA Film Awards > Dame Helen Mirren to receive BAFTA Fellowship