The great and the good of British television gathered at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night for the annual Bafta TV Awards ceremony. The star-studded event which was hosted by former Great British Bake-Off presenter Sue Perkins saw famous faces from a range of genres celebrated for their wonderful contribution to television.
Champions Music & Entertainment’s Michael McIntyre was one of the evening’s winners taking home the Entertainment Performance award for his variety and comedy programme Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. The accolade marks Michael’s first ever Bafta and was clearly shocked at the win. He said, “Everybody says they don’t expect it… but I genuinely didn’t.”
The kings of prime-time television Ant and Dec who are renowned for their success at award ceremonies scooped two awards on the night taking home the Entertainment programme award for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway as well as the Live Event gong for their coverage of The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration.
Prior to the ceremony, Netflix’s drama about the royal family The Crown was expected to dominate proceedings with five nominations but ended up empty handed. Sarah Lancashire’s portrayal of police officer Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley saw her beat Claire Foy to the Best Leading Actress award and Adeel Akhtar was named Best Leading Actor for his part in Murdered By My Father.
Happy Valley also beat The Crown by being named the winner in the Best Drama Series category. Tom Hollander was named Best Supporting Actor for his part in The Night Manager with Wunmi Moasaku winning the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has been the topic of speculation regarding becoming the first ever female to play Doctor Who, walked away with the Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme award for her part in Fleabag. Steve Coogan won the male equivalent of this award for Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle. Social Media was awash with posts and tweets about Sir David Attenborough’s nature documentary Planet Earth II back in November particularly about the famous ‘Snakes vs Iguana’ chase and this is what won the Must See Moment award.
The night concluded with Joanna Lumley being presented with the Fellowship award by her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders for her outstanding contribution to British television which spans more than 40 years.
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