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TV BAFTAs: The winners, the losers and the big talking points

TV BAFTAs: The winners, the losers and the big talking points



The 62nd British Academy Television Awards – that's the TV BAFTAs to you – took place in London's Royal Festival Hall last night (Sunday 8 May). Graham Norton presided over an evening to remember for Tudor drama Wolf Hall and comedy stalwart Peter Kay, but it wasn't all pantaloons and car shares. No, it was an opportunity for some political messages too. Here are the five talking points from the shindig.

Graham Norton should get all of these gigs

Since Stephen Fry contracted a serious case of foot-in-mouth disease, Norton has looked like the only contender for this sort of job. The comedian and presenter kept things steady and pulled off some magnificently bitter applause when Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon by, er, day) beat him to the Entertainment Performance. He needed to be on his toes too, because there was rancour in the air…

Everyone loves the BBC (apart from the government, that is)

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's recent comments about the "tempting prospect" of the abolition of the BBC have cheesed off the whole telly family. At the BAFTAs, James Nesbitt had a dig at Whittingdale, Ian Hislop chipped in too, but Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky went in guns blazing.

"We should stand up and fight!" Kosminsky said. "If we don't – blink and it will be gone." He was later backed up his own Thomas Cromwell, Mark Rylance, who wished "woe on any corporation, any government that comes between the British public and a story". Fighting talk.

Graham Norton managed to still keep people laughing.

Graham Norton managed to still keep people laughing.

It wasn't a night for dry eyes

When Michaela Coel walked up to accept the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for her role in Chewing Gum, the first thing she did was pay her respects to Victoria Wood – a poignant nod. Coel could later be seen dabbing her own tears as Special Award winner Lenny Henry reeled off the triumphs for diversity in British television. And of course the middle of the show featured an all-too lengthy tribute to those we've lost. It's been one of those years.


Martin Freeman knows how to bear a grudge

Sauntering on in a very dapper suit to dole out the Radio Times Audience Award to Poldark, Tim from The Office (or Martin Freeman as he is sometimes known) revealed that the travesty of 2011 still cut deep. That was when TOWIE pipped Sherlock (starring Freeman as Dr Watson) to an earlier Audience Award. "These awards can be unpredictable," he seethed through pretend/not-pretend gritted teeth.


Time flies, doesn't it?

Even as he picked up the Supporting Actor Award for Unforgotten, veteran actor Tom Courtenay was bemoaning being described as – ahem – "the veteran actor" in a recent article. "It wasn't so long ago I was 'Promising Newcomer'," he sighed, a whole 54 years later. Congratulations again, Sir Tom.


So who won?

Without further ado, here's the full list of winners and nominees for the 2016 TV BAFTAs:


Drama Series

WINNER: Wolf Hall

The Last Panthers


No Offence


Entertainment Programme

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing

Adele At The BBC

Britain's Got Talent

TFI Friday Anniversary Special


Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

WINNER: Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum)

Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe)

Sian Gibson (Peter Kay's Car Share)

Miranda Hart (Miranda)



WINNER: Transparent

The Good Wife




Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

WINNER: Peter Kay (Peter Kay's Car Share)

Hugh Bonneville (W1A)

Toby Jones (Detectorists)

Javone Prince (The Javone Prince Show)


Single Drama

WINNER: Don't Take My Baby

The Go-Between

The C Word




Ray Galton & Alan Simpson


Radio Times Audience Award

WINNER: Poldark

Peter Kay's Car Share


Making A Murderer

Doctor Foster

The Great British Bake-Off


Supporting Actor

WINNER: Tom Courtenay (Unforgotten)

Ian McKellen (The Dresser)

Cyril Nri (Cucumber)

Anton Lesser (Wolf Hall)


Reality & Constructed Factual

WINNER: First Dates

The Secret Life of 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!!!



Supporting Actress

WINNER: Chanel Cresswell (This Is England '90)

Lesley Manville (River)

Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who)

Eleanor Worthington-Cox (The Enfield Haunting)


Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme

WINNER: Have I Got News For You

Charlie Brooker's Election Wipe

Would I Lie To You?



Specialist Factual

WINNER: Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners

The Hunt

Rudolf Nureyev – Dance To Freedom

Grayson Perry's Dream House


Soap & Continuing Drama

WINNER: EastEnders

Holby City

Coronation Street




WNNER: The Great British Bake Off
Kevin McCould: Escape To The Wild

Travel Man

Back In Time For Dinner

Scripted Comedy

WINNER: Peter Kay's Car Share

Chewing Gum

Peep Show

People Just Do Nothing


Entertainment Performance

WINNER: Leigh Francis (Celebrity Juice)

Romesh Ranganathan (Asian Provocateur)

Stephen Fry (QI)

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)


Leading Actress

WINNER: Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster)

Sheridan Smith (The C Word)

Ruth Madeley (Don't Take My Baby)

Claire Foy (Wolf Hall)


Leading Actor

WINNER: Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)

Ben Whishaw (London Spy)

Stephen Graham (This Is England '90)

Idris Elba (Luther)



Lenny Henry


Single Documentary

My Son The Jihadi


Current Affairs

Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World)



This Is England '90


Factual Series

The Murder Detectives


News Coverage

Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre


Live Event

Big Blue Live


The Ashes

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