BAFTA faces backlash for 'snubbing' Bernard Cribbins from In Memoriam

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BAFTA viewers were left disappointed after industry legend Bernard Cribbins was left out of the award show's In Memoriam segment.

Every year, the BAFTA's pay tribute to film industry contributors who have passed away over the last twelve months.

Last night's (February 19) ceremony honoured late film icons such as Olivia Newton John, Robbie Coltrane, Angela Lansbury and James Caan, but viewers noticed that Cribbins – known for starring in films such as The Railway Children and the Carry On series – was not among those listed.

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Sally Thomsett, who starred in The Railway Children alongside the late actor, tweeted: "Darlings, have watched The BAFTA's on TV and I'm absolutely appalled that the fabulous Bernard Cribbins was not mentioned in stars that we've lost within the last year, they should be disgusted with themselves, words fail me."

"Shame you didn't mention the late great Bernard Cribbins in the round up of film talent we lost in the last year. Perhaps you are saving him for a mention in the TV awards but he was much more than a TV actor. Plenty of films under his belt," another shared.

"Remembering Bernard Cribbins – accomplished television AND film actor. And radio. And stage. If anyone deserved a few seconds on screen [in the] In Memoriam at BAFTAs it was him," a third person shared. "I do get he was prolific on TV and I'm sure we'll see him appropriately tributed at the TV awards in spring."

Cribbins, who died in July 2022 at the age of 93, had a career spanning seven decades and also had roles in Doctor Who, Jackanory and Fawlty Towers.

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BAFTA responded to the comments, tweeting: "With limited time in our broadcast it isn't possible to honour all those who have sadly passed away. Bernard features in our online records and given his influential work in TV, he will be considered for inclusion in the next Television Awards broadcast."

But the explanation wasn't enough for some, as one viewer said: "Was rather astonished to not see Bernard Cribbins being honoured. A national treasure held dear by the majority of the nation! Limited time isn't a justified response, I'm sorry."

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