BAFTA viewers angry Barbara Windsor not honoured at TV awards as show defends decision

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Dame Barbara Windsor was not among those honoured in the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards’ In Memoriam section. Some viewers were left wondering why she wasn’t featured again following the tribute at the film awards ceremony.

Barbara died at the age of 83 in December last year after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The actor was honoured during the In Memoriam section of the 2021 film awards back in April.

She was shown in several clips for her roles in the Carry On films.

However, many felt her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders should have also been honoured.

Tonight’s awards ceremony featured many famous faces who sadly passed away over the last year.

Among those honoured was the Friday Night Dinner actor Paul Ritter who died of a brain tumour.

Peaky Blinders actor Helen McCrory was also remembered following her death from cancer.

However, Barbara was not among them, which led many viewers to call out the awards for this on Twitter.

One penned: “Apparently, Barbara Windsor was honoured at the #BAFTAS film awards, but surely her television work and legacy deserved a nod on the TV BAFTAs too?!”

Another added: “Can’t see why she couldn’t have featured in both?”

“Still best known for her work in TV! #BAFTA,” wrote a third.

A fourth wrote: “So she was a national treasure who was also a TV star, she deserved another tribute tonight. Disgusting.”

“She was also an amazing TV star who graced our screens for a very very long time,” penned another.

“She should have been honoured twice. Whats the harm esp to an icon as special as she was.” (sic)

BAFTA clarified on Twitter why she wasn’t honoured again at the awards.

They penned: “Unfortunately due to limited time available for obituaries within the broadcast we can only feature someone in one.”

Barbara’s death was announced in a statement by her husband Scott Mitchell last year.

The moving tribute read: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife, Barbara, passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10 December at a London care home.

“Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.

“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.

“Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.

“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves.

“I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.”

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