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
Supporting the next generation of talent
1953
The first actors are awarded
1954
Animation gets its own award
1955
The craft of screenwriting is recognised
1958
Television joins the fold