CHERNOBYL, END OF THE F---ING WORLD AND STATH LETS FLATS WIN TWO BAFTAs EACH
GLENDA JACKSON WINS LEADING ACTRESS AND JARED HARRIS WINS LEADING ACTOR
NAOMI ACKIE, WILL SHARPE AND MO GILLIGAN AMONG FIRST-TIME BAFTA WINNERS
AVA DUVERNAY WINS SECOND BAFTA OF CAREER
IDRIS ELBA RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, celebrating and rewarding the very best programmes and performances of 2019. The Awards were hosted by Richard Ayoade on a closed set at Television Centre, London, with presenters including Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jeff Goldblum, Jessica Hynes, Adrian Lester, Ruth Madeley, Himesh Patel, Billy Porter and Nina Sosanya.
Following seven wins at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, Chernobyl, the drama based on the nuclear disaster, won two more BAFTAs, for Mini-Series and Leading Actor for Jared Harris.
The Leading Actress award was won by Glenda Jackson for her performance in Elizabeth is Missing, her first television role for more than 25 years and the second BAFTA of her career. Her first BAFTA was for Sunday, Bloody Sunday in 1972.
End of the F---ing World, the dark comedy drama, received the BAFTA for Drama Series and first-time nominee Naomi Ackie won Supporting Actress, the first BAFTA of her career.
Will Sharpe, another first-time winner, won for his performance in Giri/Haji in the Supporting Actor category. Mo Gilligan won his first BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan.
First-time nominee Sian Clifford won in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing Claire, the older sister of the titular character in Fleabag.
Following his success at the Television Craft Awards for Writer: Comedy, Jamie Demetriou, won the BAFTA for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Stath Lets Flats, which also won for Scripted Comedy.
Taskmaster won for Comedy Entertainment Programme, its first win following two previous nominations. The BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Strictly Come Dancing, continuing the show’s success following the recent win for the Entertainment Craft Team at the Television Craft Awards.
Race Across the World received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual. The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan won in the Features category. Brain in Gear won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme, with Gbemisola Ikumelo, Fergal Costello and Inez Gordon winning their first BAFTAs.
Ava DuVernay won the second BAFTA of her career with When They See Us, the US crime drama series based on the true story of the Central Park Five, in the International category. It follows her win for 13th, which won Documentary at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards, and the honorary BAFTA Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing she received later that year.
Emmerdale was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama. The Left Behind won the BAFTA for Single Drama.
News Coverage was awarded to Sky News’ Hong Kong Protests, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Exposure).
Leaving Neverland received the BAFTA for Factual Series, The Last Survivors won Single Documentary and Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story won Specialist Factual.
2019 Rugby World Cup Final: England v South Africa triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to Blue Planet Live.
The Special Award was presented to Idris Elba OBE in recognition of his exceptional career and his commitment to championing diversity and new talent in the industry. The actor, writer, director and producer received video messages from Matthew McConaughey, Taraji P Henson, Ruth Wilson and Grace Ofori-Attah.
Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was won by Gavin and Stacey for the iconic moment when Nessa proposes to Smithy.
Visit www.bafta.org/media-centre/TV for all supporting documents including the list of today's winners, information on photography and video clips, logos, accreditation and more.
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