One landmark was the introduction of the British Screenplay category in 1955, the first non-acting award given to a named nominee rather than the film. Within a year, Bridget Boland was nominated for scripting political drama The Prisoner, starring Alec Guinness, before Shelagh Delaney won the prize with co-writer Tony Richardson in 1962 for A Taste of Honey.
Legendary producer Joy Harington became the first woman to win TV Production in 1956, with Joan Kemp-Welch the first female BAFTA-winning director two years later.
As society and the industry evolved, award categories needed to be renamed. After many years in which the Television Craft Awards featured a prize for ‘Video Cameraman’, this was changed to ‘Film or Video Photography’ in 1992 – with the first winner being Diane Tammes for her work on the documentary series Cutting Edge.
Image: Rita Tushingham in A Taste of Honey (1961) co-written by Shelagh Delaney, the first woman working behind the camera to win a BAFTA. The film also scored wins for Tushingham who won Most Promising Newcomer in a Leading Role, and Dora Bryan who took Best Actress. (Image: Woodfall Film Productions / BFI National Archive)