British Academy Television Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The British Academy Television Awards is a set of awards which among many things, honors British television programs, annually. The first set of awards were awarded in 1955. The 65th British Academy Television Awards will take place on May 12 at the Royal Festival Hall in London; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

Comedy Entertainment Programme: Would I Lie To You?
Current Affairs: Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs
Director: Factual: James Rogan – Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation
Director: Fiction: Mahalia Belo -The Long Song
Drama Series: Save Me
Entertainment Programme: Strictly Come Dancing
Factual Series: Louis Theroux’s Altered States
Features: The Great British Bake Off
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme: Lesley Manville – Mum
International: The Handmaid’s Tale
Leading Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Leading Actress: Ruth Wilson – Mrs. Wilson
Live Event: The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme: Steve Pemberton – Inside No. 9
Mini-Series: Patrick Melrose
News Coverage: Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons (Newsnight)
Reality & Constructed Factual: Dragon’s Den
Scripted Comedy: Derry Girls
Single Documentary: My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me
Single Drama: Killed By My Debt
Soap & Continuing Drama: Coronation Street
Sport: England’s Test Cricket – Cook’s Farewell
Supporting Actress: Keeley Hawes – Mrs. Wilson
Supporting Actor: Alex Jennings – Unforgotten


SAG Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are a set of awards which honors actors and stunt artists annually; it also hands out the ‘Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award’ every year to an actor who has developed the greatest acting principles within himself or herself. The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards is supposed to happen at the Shrine Auditorium in California; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: BlacKkKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale (Vice)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy)


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama: John Krasinsky (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Glow
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series: Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series: Bill Pullman (The Sinner)


Glow is a web television series. It is a comedy and a fictionalized portrayal of a successful professional wrestling promotion which used to air during the eighties; the promotion was called ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’ and it had only female performers. What makes Glow interesting is that the professional wrestling promotion is portrayed to have begun simply as an amateur production which was managed by a ruined film director but then it found great success; also, quite interesting about the television series are the lives that these women which are part of the promotion lead (expect appearance of an ex-friend, finding of infidelity, plus more) and the pretty costumes which they wear.

13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is not your average teen drama. It is a serious and gripping show that highlights the problems which can plague youngsters. The show has a tragic story: a teenager called Hannah Baker loses her life because of suicide and leaves behind some tapes which Baker recorded prior to her death that outline the rationalization behind her taking her own life. Then a boy who had a crush on her – Clay Jensen, tries to unearth the mystery behind Baker’s death with the aid of the tapes. The show definitely runs into a controversial slant when it is revealed that a well-to-do boy called Clay Jensen rapes two girls (Baker and Jessica Davis) but nonetheless, what it does well is traverse through the darker side of social discourse: 13 Reasons Why showcases how bad kids can act towards you when you are just that type of kid who is only busy trying to lead his or her life and in doing so, it makes those potential problems more widely known in a very gripping way.

Top Contemporary Pakistani TV Shows

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Which contemporary Pakistani dramas nicely walk between reality and fiction?

Pakistani television shows, much like Pakistani culture, seem to be shrouded in an air of mystery. From the clothes the characters wear to the regular depiction of female independence in a country, where disrespecting rights for women is always a persistent reality, what these television shows do is purely entertain; in fact, Pakistani dramas provide nothing much else. The plotlines of the serials always seem really far away from any connection to reality but in the very least, at least there is always an entertaining aspect to the stories. My picks for top Pakistani television shows in the contemporary age:

  1. Zindagi Gulzar Hai: starring Sanam Saeed and Fawad Khan, the television show charts the story of two young people with entirely different social standings; the female lead is from an impoverished background, whilst the male lead comes from an affluent family structure.
  2. Humsafar: the television show starring Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan in lead roles revolves around the challenges a married couple faces because the mother-in-law disapproves of the matrimonial union.
  3. Jackson Heights: in the show, six separate arcs revolve around the lives of Pakistanis residing in the United States and the struggles that they face in life.

Ally McBeal

Growing up in an age of legal dramas meant that Ally McBeal seemed to me the freshest alternative to both deep courtroom showdowns and experiencing the thrill of having good win over all that is bad in the world. McBeal is not your atypical lawyer and that is really what makes her such an amazing character. Ally is frivolous, feminine – in the sense that she has a lot of faith in the idea of one day being able to find ‘the one’, and also seriously stylish. I loved that about the show the most (more than anything else) because even though she is a great deal about the men in her life rather than her career, as ideally a female character in the 21st Century should be all about, at least Ally as a career woman doesn’t make fashion appear dull, a total turnoff and just far too masculine for comfort.

Family Guy

Family Guy: a show about a family of five and their dog. It all looks normal on the surface but as soon as you peel the layers off what you find is toilet humor and an environment where getting humiliated seems to be the most regular thing, ever. It’s ordinary-meets-funny and that’s what I have always found oddly compelling about the show. Its eccentricity doesn’t just spill over into a territory which is implausible – Family Guy, I find, wonderfully instead just simply takes the most ordinary of family episodes (and conversations) and turns it upside down for laughs.