Our annual celebration of the very best television talent saw wins for Sherlock, Happy Valley, The Graham Norton Show and Coronation Street.
The winners of the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards were announced at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Graham Norton at the Theatre Royal in London on Sunday 10 May 2015. The night’s big winners were Ant and Dec, Marvellous and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, all taking home two BAFTAs a-piece. Visit the BAFTA Awards database to see the full list of winners.
Famous faces on the red carpet included Chris O’Dowd, Archie Panjabi, Rochelle Humes, Russell Tovey, Maisie Williams, David Harewood, Jason Isaacs, Anna Friel, Pixie Lott and Steve Coogan.
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Georgina Campbell won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her harrowing portrayal of a victim of domestic abuse in Murdered by My Boyfriend. In the Supporting Actress category Gemma Jones, who was last nominated in 1977, won for Marvellous. In the hotly contested Leading Actor category, Jason Watkins received his first BAFTA for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, whilst Stephen Rea took home the Supporting Actor award for his role in tense political thriller The Honourable Woman. In Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, Jessica Hynes received her first BAFTA for her role in W1A, while Matt Berry toasted his success in Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Toast of London.
For the second year running there were two BAFTAs for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway - in the ever-competitive Entertainment Programme category and in Entertainment Performance for Ant and Dec themselves.
The BAFTA for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme was awarded to The Graham Norton Show, with ceremony host Graham Norton handily on-stage to collect the award. Fan favourite Sherlock took home the Radio Times Audience Award, the only award voted for by the public. Coronation Street came out on top in the Soap and Continuing Drama category and True Detective, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, won the International award.
Following his BAFTA win at the British Academy Television Craft Awards a fortnight ago, Mackenzie Crook received the BAFTA for Scripted Comedy alongside Adam Tandy for Detectorists. Also repeating success from the Television Craft Awards was Sally Wainwright who, alongside her co-nominees, received the Drama Series BAFTA for rural kidnap thriller, Happy Valley.
The ceremony celebrated a raft of fantastic factual programming including BBC Three’s Life and Death Row which received the BAFTA for Factual Series, while BBC Two’s WW1 Remembered – From the Battlefield & Westminster Abbey received the BAFTA for Sport & Live Event. The award for News Coverage went to Sky News Live at Five: Ebola, while the award for Current Affairs went to Children on the Frontline (Dispatches). Channel 4 also took home awards for Single Documentary for The Paedophile Hunter, Specialist Factual for Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, Reality & Constructed Factual for The Island with Bear Grylls and long-running architecture series Grand Designs receiving its first-ever BAFTA for Features.
BAFTA’s highest accolade, the Fellowship, was presented to journalist, news correspondent and presenter Jon Snow in recognition of an outstanding career spanning over 40 years in the industry. The Special Award in honour of Alan Clarke was presented to Jeff Pope, one of the UK’s foremost producers and writers behind titles including Mrs Biggs, Mo, Appropriate Adult, Philomena and this year’s BAFTA-nominated biopic, Cilla. The ceremony also included a tribute lead by Charlie Brooker to author, critic and broadcaster Clive James, who was presented with a Special Award earlier this year in honour of his outstanding creative contribution to television.