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Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2013 Winners Announced

12 May 2013
Holly Willoughby on the red carpetBAFTA/ Steve Butler

Winners of the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2013 were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 12 May 2013.

London, 12 May 2013: Olivia Colman was honoured with two awards at this evening’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards for Supporting Actress for her role as Sue in Accused (Mo’s Story) and for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her portrayal as Sally in Twenty Twelve, a programme which also collected an award for Situation Comedy.

Steve Coogan received the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme and The Revolution will be Televised won the Comedy Programme category.

First-time nominee Sheridan Smith won a BAFTA in the Leading Actress category for her role as Charmian Biggs in Mrs Biggs. The Hollow Crown strand was rewarded with two wins: Ben Whishaw in the Leading Actor category for his performance as Richard II, and Simon Russell Beale for Supporting Actor for playing Falstaff in Henry IV Part 2.

In the Entertainment Performance category, Alan Carr beat last year’s winner and ceremony host Graham Norton to win his first BAFTA for Alan Carr Chatty Man. Graham did not walk away empty-handed as The Graham Norton Show fought off tough competition to win the Entertainment Programme award.

In the drama categories, BBC programmes enjoyed a strong showing with BBC Two winning the Single Drama category for Murder, BBC Four taking Mini-Series for Room at the Top and BBC One taking Drama Series with Last Tango in Halifax. EastEnders reclaimed its crown in Soap and Continuing Drama; the series has now won a total of eight BAFTAs

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Lena Dunham’s Girls took home the award in the International category.

For the second year running The Great British Bake Off won the BAFTA for Features, and Made in Chelsea took the Reality and Constructed Factual award.

Channel 4’s All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry won the Specialist Factual category. In the Factual Series category, last year’s winner Our War made it two in a row and the award for Single Documentary went to 7/7: One Day in London.

Channel 4’s coverage of The London 2012 Paralympics won the highly-contested BAFTA for Sport & Live Event. The News Coverage category was won by Hillsborough – The Truth at Last (Granada Reports), Granada Reports last won in this category in 2007. The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World) received the award for Current Affairs.

The Radio Times Audience Award – the only award voted for by the public - was won by Game of Thrones beating Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off, Homeland, The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and Strictly Come Dancing.

The Special Award, recognising the year’s most important contribution on screen in factual television, was presented to Clare Balding. The award is in the gift of the Academy and presented in honour of David Dimbleby. Previous recipients include Jon Snow, Andrew Marr, Jeremy Paxman and Kate Adie.

The Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, was presented to Michael Palin in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to television.

Red carpet highlights, backstage interviews with all the winners, clips of the nominated programmes and all the latest images from the night’s events are available at

  • EastEnders (year listed is the year they were awarded in)

2012 - Nominated / Soap and Continuing Drama

2011 - Winner / Continuing Drama

2010 - Winner / Continuing Drama

2009 - Nominated / Continuing Drama

2008 - Nominated / Continuing Drama

2007 - Nominated / Continuing Drama

2006 - Winner / Continuing Drama

2003 - Nominated / Soap

2002 - Winner / Soap

2001 - Nominated / Soap

2000 - Winner / Soap

1999 - Winner / Soap

1997 - Winner / Drama Series

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  • Programmes must have had their first transmission in the UK between 16 February and 31 December 2012 on terrestrial, cable, satellite or digital channels.
  • Programmes may be regional or networked.
  • International programmes are only eligible in the International category, unless they are co-productions (both financially and creatively, and provided the first transmission was in the UK).


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