Show produced by Bath Spa University film and media lecturer does the double at the BAFTAs

May 19, 2022

A Bath Spa University lecturer who produced a double BAFTA-winning TV drama has said she will use the experience when she teaches her students.

Sophie Francis, pictured, a senior lecturer in film and media courses at the university, worked on the first and second series of BBC Three’s Wales-based coming of age drama series In My Skin, which collected two awards at the BAFTA TV Awards earlier this month. 

The show scooped the award for Best Drama while writer Kayleigh Llewellyn also won for Best Writer: Drama category – meaning In My Skin topped both categories it was nominated in, beating tough competition from other contenders BBC One’s Vigil, and ITV’s Unforgotten and Manhunt: The Night Stalker.

The BAFTA wins follow the success of In My Skin’s second series, which also landed two Royal Television Society Programme awards for Drama Series, and Actor (Female), for the lead role played by rising star Gabrielle Creevy.

Sophie, who is also a producer for Channel 5 as well as the BBC, said: “In My Skin has made a huge impact on a diverse audience and I’m extremely proud of it.

“Colleagues at Bath Spa were very supportive and the experience will be beneficial to students as it has updated my knowledge of professional practice in what is an ever-changing industry."

Accepting the award on the night, Kayleigh reflected on the challenges of writing and producing the show during the Covid-19 pandemic, and paid tribute to the predominantly female production team that supported her, including Sophie.

She said: “This series was written in five weeks, shot in five weeks and made for a budget of about £500…the reason we pulled it off is these women here: Jo Hartley, Gabrielle Creevy, Nerys Evans, Molly Manners, Rachel Sheridan, Sophie Francis.

“And our token men, script editor Andrew Ellard and our artist and DOP Christopher Sabogal.”

Both series of In My Skin are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The British Academy Film Awards – better known as the BAFTAs – have been supporting and celebrating talent in film and TV since 1949.

Bath Spa University, which has more than 7,000 students, has a strong track record in TV and other creative media.


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