1950s

In the 50s, the most popular genres at the British box office were comedies and WWII dramas, but as censorship lifted towards the end of the decade, a more daring cinema emerged. Television consumption grew with many homes acquiring a (mostly rented) set in order to view the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1953, the Guild of Television Producers and Directors was created, merging in 1958 with the British Film Academy to form the Society of Film and Television Arts.

1953
Spotlight On New Talent: Most Promising Newcomer introdu...
1953
Class Act: Performance categories introduced
1954
New Moves: Animation gets its own award
1954
TV Personalities: Homegrown entertainers recognised
1955
The Write Stuff: Screenwriting categories created
1955
Female Firsts: Women making BAFTA history
1958
Switched On: Television joins the fold