Prince William has opened a BAFTA segment on climate change praising television writers for raising awareness about green issues and urging them to ‘keep them high on the programming agenda’.
Duke appears as part of a special video highlighting ‘Planet Placement’, which features featured messages about sustainability throughout their regular program.
The clip details how ‘the planet is on fire’, before he shares his hope that programmers will do more to prioritize environmental issues.
But William also credits the ‘innovative’ and ’emotive’ messages now being written into television shows to help raise awareness of climate change and persuade viewers to actively want to save the planet.
In his speech, he said: ‘Now more than ever, program makers have a unique opportunity to ensure climate change and sustainability remain at the forefront of our collective consciousness.
‘By creating innovative, educational and emotional content for television, writers and producers play a unique role in ensuring the future of our planet is something we all want to talk about.
‘Over the past year, we’ve seen some fantastic examples of this across programs and genres.
‘I hope you all will continue your invaluable work, keeping environmental issues high on the program agenda for years to come.’
Prince William opens a video speech on climate change during Sunday’s BAFTA Awards ceremony
The video address is part of a special segment highlighting ‘Planet Placement’, which features featured messages about sustainability throughout their regular program.
These include the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee competition which features a section on changing charity shop outfits with a view to sustainability and Sky’s coverage of the north London Derby which contains a ‘sustainability-themed quiz’ between two footballers.
William created the Earthshot Prize, designed to drive change and help improve our planet over the next decade, together with Sir David Attenborough in 2020.
Following the speech, Dermot O’Leary went on to give William a ‘special thanks’ after receiving Bafta’s best live event award for The Earthshot Prize, which the presenter described as William’s ‘baby’.
The awards ceremony, hosted by O’Leary and radio host Clara Amfo in October last year, saw five projects awarded £1m.
During the 75th Bafta TV awards on Sunday, the pair received the award for best live event, with O’Leary giving a ‘special thanks’ to the Duke of Cambridge for ‘it’s easy to be cynical about someone who comes from privilege’, but Earthshot’s reward is the ‘baby’.
He described working on the show as a ‘privilege’ and ‘the most life-affirming experience for all of us’.
O’Leary said: ‘A word too, just a special thanks to Prince William, because it’s so easy to be cynical about someone who comes from such privilege but he approaches everything with great empathy and enthusiasm, vitality and this. really the baby which is why Earthshot is now fourth in line to the throne!’
Amfo added: ‘I think the thing I’m really proud of about this show is that it’s not supposed to be preaching and ‘we’re all so awful.’
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‘I think that’s what Maya Angelou once said’ when you know better you just do better. So I think it’s about us learning to do better.’
Ant and Dec picked up the Best Entertainment Show award for Saturday Night Takeaway at this year’s BAFTA Television Awards held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday – while elsewhere the Time and Help series swept the boards at a star-studded ceremony.
Brought to you by Olivia Colman – duo Geordie, both 46 years old, were delighted to pick up the first award of the night, marking their fourth win in the category and eight times they have been nominated in it.
Elsewhere prison series Time and pandemic drama Help had successful nights – while notable insults included the Channel 4 series It’s A Sin which did not win an award despite 11 nominations.
The award recognizes and celebrates the best in the craft of television and television programming is broadcast in the UK in 2021 and the event has returned to full live audiences after the pandemic.