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Steven Moffat - Special Award Recipient in 2012

16 May 2012
TV 2012 Steven Moffat LandscapeBAFTA/Richard Kendal

Steven Moffat, television writer & producer of both Sherlock & Doctor Who was presented with the 2012 BAFTA Television Special Award.

The Award will be presented to Steven Moffat in recognition of his outstanding creative writing contribution to television. From his first scripted drama Press Gang in 1989, for which he won his first BAFTA, Moffat’s vast body of work includes titles such as Stay Lucky, Joking Apart, Murder Most Horrid, Chalk, Jekyll and Coupling.

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On being recognised, Steven Moffat said: “Blimey! A Special Award! I didn't even know I was ill! So thrilled by this – especially after two years of Sherlock and Doctor Who, my two favourite shows ever. Of course the work, and the people I get to work with, has always been all the reward I need – a fact I'm very glad that BAFTA has disregarded.”

So thrilled by this – especially after two years of Sherlock and Doctor Who, my two favourite shows ever.

TV 2012 Steven Moffat LandscapeBAFTA/Richard Kendal“People ask me what the best thing in the world is,” he adds, “and it’s to be able to do what you love and get paid for doing it. Everywhere I go somebody will come up and say ‘I’d just like to say thank you because watching you on Rolf’s Cartoon Club got me hooked on animation and now that’s what I do for a living,’ or ‘I became an illustrator because of your programmes.’ You have no idea what a thrill that is.”

< Steven Moffat at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2012

About Steven Moffat

In 2008, it was announced that he would become head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who and was instrumental in the casting of the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith. In collaboration with Mark Gatiss in 2009, he created Sherlock, following Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson's adventures in 21st century London.

The episode entitled “A Scandal In Belgravia” from the second series earned Steven a Television Craft Award for Writer at the 2012 ceremony as well as picking up BAFTAs in two other categories.

*Read: An interview with Steven Moffat on BAFTA Guru