The years to come were groundbreaking for British television. The launch of Channel 4 in 1982 gave the country a channel with a specific remit for programming outside the mainstream. Just as significantly, it relied on the output of independent production companies, kindling an explosion in independent production. All of this made it the ideal partner for the first broadcast of the BAFTA Craft Awards in 1984.
With HRH The Princess Royal present on the night, the ceremony was filmed by the leading independent producer Celador and screened on Channel 4. Among the 10 awards presented that evening were prizes for Costume Design, Film Cameraman, Film Editor, Film Sound, Graphics, Make-up, Sound Supervisor, Television Cameraman, Video Lighting and VTR Editor.
Image: The first televised BAFTA Craft Awards, 1984.