The winners of the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards have been announced at the ceremony hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall, London, last night.
There were two awards for Wolf Hall, with Mark Rylance receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actor, adding to his Supporting Actor win at the EE British Academy Film Awards earlier this year. The Peter Straughan-scripted drama, which chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell through Henry VIII’s royal court, also received the award for Drama Series.
In the Supporting Actress category, Chanel Cresswell received her first BAFTA for her performance in This Is England ’90. The Sheffield-set drama, which spans three series and a feature film, also received the award for Mini-Series, adding to the Director: Fiction BAFTA Shane Meadows won at the Television Craft Awards a fortnight ago.
Suranne Jones won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her portrayal of a wife betrayed by her husband’s infidelity in Doctor Foster, while Tom Courtenay’s performance in Unforgotten earned him the award for Supporting Actor, his third BAFTA in total and 53 years since his first for Most Promising Newcomer.
Peter Kay raced to victory in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category for Peter Kay’s Car Share, which also picked up the BAFTA for Scripted Comedy. Michaela Coel added to her recent Television Craft Breakthrough Talent award with a BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her starring role in Chewing Gum.
The award for Single Drama was presented to Don’t Take My Baby, which tells the story of a disabled couple’s desperate struggle to keep their newborn child.
In the International category, the BAFTA was awarded to Amazon Studios’ Transparent, which follows a family in Los Angeles who discover that their retired father is a transgender woman. The series’ lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, collected the award.
The BAFTA for Entertainment Performance was presented to Leigh Francis for Celebrity Juice, while the award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme went to Have I Got News For You, now in its 51st series.
It was dinner, dessert and a dance in the Reality & Constructed Factual, Features and Entertainment Programme categories, with First Dates, The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing all receiving BAFTAs.
The BAFTA for Soap and Continuing Drama, which recognises the exceptional talent required to deliver stories that hold an audience over days, weeks and months, was awarded to EastEnders for the ninth time.
The award for News Coverage went to Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre, while Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World) received the BAFTA for Current Affairs.
My Son the Jihadi, which documents a woman grappling with the knowledge that her son has left the UK to join an Islamist terror group in Somalia, received the BAFTA for Single Documentary. In Factual Series, Dave Nath added to his Director: Factual BAFTA from a fortnight ago at the Television Craft Awards with a win alongside his co-nominees for The Murder Detectives, while the BAFTA for Specialist Factual went to Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.
The Ashes hit its competition for six to take home the BAFTA for Sport, while the award for Live Event was presented to Big Blue Live for its week-long coverage of the aquatic life of Monterey Bay.
The Special Award in Honour of Alan Clarke was presented to Lenny Henry, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and writers, in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution to television during a career that has so far spanned 40 years. Revered for his writing and performance, and charity work, Henry’s credits have included Tiswas, Three of A Kind, Lenny Henry in Pieces and The Lenny Henry Show, as well as co-founding Comic Relief, which to-date has raised over £1 billion.
The Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy bestows, was presented to Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writing duo responsible for creating some of the most iconic comedy characters and programmes to grace British screens, with credits including Hancock’s Half-Hour, and Steptoe and Son which ran for 12 years from 1963-1974.
The Radio Times Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public, was won by Poldark.
The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall, London, where presenters included Justin Timberlake, Idris Elba, Alesha Dixon, Josh Hartnett, Georgina Campbell, James Norton, Fearne Cotton, Dermot O’Leary, Rose Leslie, Sir Trevor McDonald, Anna Kendrick, Tom Hiddleston and Adrian Lester.