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Bafta TV Awards 2021: Romesh Ranganathan grudgingly gives Bafta to mum

Romesh’s mum has made quite a few appearances in his work (Picture: Getty Images/Rex)

Romesh Ranganathan revealed that he will be giving his Bafta TV award to his mother after his win for entertainment performance, but joked: ‘Not that she’s earned it’.

The comedian was awarded at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards for his turn on his comedy show The Ranganation, where he is joined by a focus group of 20 members of the public, as well as celebrity guests, to take a funny, topical look at modern Britain.

Explaining his plans for the Bafta statuette, Romesh said: ‘I’m going to give the award to my mum – not that she’s earned it or anything, she’s only a small part of the show – but she’ll probably want to put it on display or something, so I will go round there and we’ll do some sort of unveiling at my mum’s house.’

Romesh also admitted that he wasn’t expecting to win in his ‘hotly-contested’ category, where fellow nominees included Graham Norton, Adam Hills and David Mitchell.

Having felt nervous when the show first aired due to its altered, lockdown-friendly format, the 43-year-old described how much easier the process was for him this time around – as he got to film the show in his garage – but revealed that his wife ‘lost a whole lot of respect for me’ during the process.

‘She’d walk past the room I was working in and hear me say things like, “Is it funny if I say Coco Pops or Rice Krispies now?”, or whatever.

Romesh Ranganathan attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on June 06, 2021 in London, England

Romesh on the red carpet for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

‘And I’d have finished for the day and then my wife would go to me, “Your job really is pathetic, isn’t it? In terms of what you do, it’s so trivial.”’

He also confessed that, despite the convenience for him, having ‘a whole broadcast crew’ on his street might not have been so great for anyone who lives near him.

‘We had to buy a lot of presents for the neighbours, put it that way,’ the comedian joked.

Talking to Metro.co.uk about why the show has resonated so strongly with the public, Romesh put a lot of credit at the feet of his Ranganation, calling them a ‘great set of characters’.

Romesh with his plus one for the event, comedian pal Rob Beckett (Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)

He continued: ‘We don’t vet them to say things, we ask them for what their opinions are. So I think people are seeing a show where people that were going through the same thing as them are talking about their experiences.

‘We were able in The Ranganation to talk about how confused we were about lockdown, how confused we were about the regulations, how confused we were about what was going to happen, what the future was going to look like, and so it felt like when you watched the show, you were watching a group of people that are sort of trying to puzzle through the same sort of things you’re trying to puzzle through.

‘And the fact that you’re doing a broadcast from your garage, you’re trying to scrabble together this TV show – I think all of that sort of added to the fact that everyone was sort of like, “We’re just trying to figure this out,” and so I feel like that’s kind of why it resonated in the way that it did.’

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