City Park production of Carmen could be in line for a BAFTA award

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City Park production of Carmen could be in line for a BAFTA award City Park production of Carmen could be in line for a BAFTA award

Bollywood Carmen, performed in Bradford city centre last summer, has been nominated for a Bafta.

The show will compete with coverage of Andy Murray's Wimbledon win, The Ashes and Glastonbury Festival in the Sports and Live Events category of the TV awards.

The spectacular contemporary version of Bizet’s opera Carmen was performed in City Park and Centenary Square to packed crowds and broadcast simultaneously on BBC3 last June.

It starred Meera Syal, former EastEnders actress Preeya Kalidas, Bollywood idol Abhay Deol, Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey and Bradford actress Rachel Leskovac. Local dancers appeared, and there was input from the University of Bradford and local businesses, which provided costumes and make-up.

City of Film director David Wilson said: “It is great news that Bollywood Carmen Live has been nominated for a Bafta. It was an ambitious live event that took a great deal of detailed planning but ultimately proved that Bradford lived up to its name as a UNESCO Film City.

“It was also the first large-scale event that showcased Bradford’s City Park on national television – this has been used since as a location for TV dramas and is classed as an iconic location.

“We are very proud of City of Film’s input into the production and the many people from Bradford who worked with the BBC teams to make it happen.”

Last month the show was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, but lost out to coverage of The Ashes.

Also nominated for a Bafta this year, in the Mini Series category, is The Great Train Robbery, funded by Screen Yorkshire and shot in Shipley, Keighley, Haworth, Buttershaw and Bradford city centre, with venues including Bradford Club and City Hall.

The robbery scenes were filmed on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

The awards take place on Sunday, May 18.

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