Five first-time winners took home performance Awards from this evening’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards.
Dominic West and Monica Dolan, both first-time nominees for their performances as Fred and Rose West in Appropriate Adult, won the BAFTAs for Leading Actor and Supporting Actress respectively. Emily Watson was presented with the Leading Actress BAFTA for her role as Janet, also in Appropriate Adult.
The Supporting Actor Award went to Andrew Scott for his performance as Moriarty in Sherlock.
Another first-time winner, Darren Boyd won the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for Sky One’s Spy. Jennifer Saunders received the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for the reprisal of her role as Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous, a role for which she was last nominated in 1992*.
Last year’s winner Graham Norton made it two-in-a-row for best Entertainment Performance, winning once again for The Graham Norton Show.
The Situation Comedy Award was won by Mrs Brown’s Boys, which missed out in the same category last year. Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle took home the BAFTA for Comedy Programme.
Channel 4 claimed the Mini Series Award for This Is England ‘88, the sequel to This Is England ’86, as well as the Single Drama Award for Random, which tells the story of an ordinary family whose routine is shattered by a random act. BBC Three’s supernatural drama The Fades won the Drama Series Award.
Coronation Street walked away with the Soap & Continuing Drama Award, its first BAFTA since 2004*.
The Great British Bake Off won the BAFTA for Features and The Young Apprentice took the Award in the newly-created Reality and Constructed Factual category.
In the Entertainment category, Derren Brown: The Experiments fought off tough competition to win the Award.
Channel 4 News won the BAFTA in the News Coverage category for its reporting of the Japan Earthquake.
The BBC enjoyed a strong showing in the factual categories: Factual Series went to Our War; the Single Documentary Award was given to Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die; and Current Affairs was won by Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Panorama).
Channel 4’s Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret won the Specialist Factual category.
The BBC’s coverage of The Royal Wedding claimed the BAFTA for Sport & Live Event. New Danish thriller Borgen scooped the International Award. The interactive website Pyschoville, accompanying the BBC series, took home the BAFTA in the New Media category.
A record number of public votes were registered for this year’s YouTube Audience Award. Celebrity Juice took away the Award, beating Educating Essex, Fresh Meat, Frozen Planet, The Great British Bake Off and Sherlock.
Two weeks after collecting the Writer Award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, Steven Moffat received the Special Award. The Award, in the gift of the Academy and presented in honour of Dennis Potter, recognised his outstanding career in television.
The Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, was presented to Rolf Harris CBE in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to television and the arts.
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 www.bafta.org/television/awards .
* denotes year of eligibility, not presentation
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