YouTube Audience Award Bafta: Sherlock vs Celebrity Juice, Educating Essex, Fresh Meat, Frozen Planet

by Matt D

Earlier today it was announced that six programmes had been nominated by a panel of TV critics, to compete for this year’s BAFTA Audience Award in which we, the general public decide the winner.

Of course we don’t always get it right as last year The Only Way is Essex beat The Killing, Sherlock and Downton Abbey to the prize so to ensure that doesn’t happen again here’s a closer look at your options before you vote.

Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
The Keith Lemmon fronted panel show is one of the most popular of all the programmes aired across the multi-channel networks often attracting audiences of over 1 million. It has also proven itself to be an awards favourite before winning the NTA for Comedy Panel Show over the more established QI and Have I Got News For You. Celebrity Juice appeals to the student demographic who surely voted for Skins or The Inbetweeners to get in and in addition it is also on the same channel as the show that won this award last year. Personally I’m not a fan of the show as I find it repetitive and not very funny, also any programme that gives regular work to Jedward as well as Rufus Hound doesn’t deserve any type of award. I’m under no allusion that Celebrity Juice winning this award is a strong possibility I just don’t think it should.

Educating Essex (C4)
After ditching Big Brother Channel 4 replaced it with a string of fly-on-the-wall documentaries, the most popular of which was Educating Essex which followed the lives of the students and teachers at Passmores School. This certainly was a breakout hit, thanks in part to those who were tweeting about it in on a regular basis and also got a lot of word-of-mouth buzz as it went on. I’m glad to see it on this list as I found it a charming programme, with some very interesting characters and a great message about not cutting back the funding on schools such as this. It is definitely one of the shows I am considering voting for and if you watched you’ll understand why.

Fresh Meat (C4)
Possibly the most obscure choice on the list but a decent show nonetheless, this was created by the guys who bought us Peep Show and followed seven students at a Manchester University who shared a house together. Fresh Meat was a funny show but more importantly felt very realistic, thanks to the actors involved especially Zawe Ashton and The Inbetweeners’ Joe Thomas. Indeed I feel that Thomas’ involvement in the show might be the only thing it has going for it in terms of garnering votes, which I think is a shame as it had so much more to it than that. I honestly can’t see this winning but I’m not going to discourage you from voting for it as it may be the dark horse in the contest.

Frozen Planet (BBC1)
You know the score on this one – polar bears, penguins, ice and David Attenborough. This programme did look spectacular and got massive ratings throughout its run with the DVD sales also being impressive however I’m not sure how much of a chance it’s got to of winning. Though there was great photography and narration ultimately I can’t see what is essentially a wildlife documentary winning a BAFTA. Again I might be wrong as I know a lot of people love this show and if you’re with them then vote for it now.

The Great British Bake-Off (BBC2)
I feel part of the reason The Only Way is Essex won this award last year was that a lot of people voted for it as a laugh rather than because they particularly liked the programme. I can see those votes going to The Great British Bake-Off, a talent show for those who make sure their pastry doesn’t have a soggy bottom, which got BBC2 some of its biggest ratings in 2011. I have to say that the Bake-Off was a guilty pleasure of mine last year as it was very quaint, had some amiable hosts and some judges who knew what they were talking about. I feel that if the audience who watched this programme voted for it then it may rise to the occasion, pun intended, when the awards are handed out.

Sherlock (BBC1)
The only programme on this list to appear in last year’s Audience Award shortlist, it almost seems like the panel felt sorry for it losing to Towie last year and wants to give it a second chance. As we all remember Martin Freeman had an interesting look on his face when the constructed reality show won last year, so who knows what will happen if Keith Lemmon gets up on stage this year. If we’re going on quality alone then Sherlock should win this hands down as series two was far superior to series one in terms of writing, production and acting as I felt that everybody had settled into their respective roles. As we saw last year though every vote counts so if you want Sherlock to win please vote for it.

While I’m still trying to decide between three shows if this article has helped make up your mind then follow this link to vote for your winner –

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