It was the biggest night in the TV calendar, and what a night it was. For the first time ever, Virgin TV were the proud sponsors of the British Academy Television Awards. We donned our glad rags; walked the red carpet with the likes of Sean Bean, Cuba Gooding Jr and BAFTA fellowship recipient, Joanna Lumley; and witnessed the presentation of our own Award – Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment. In fact, we’re still buzzing from partying up a storm with the lucky Virgin TV customers who joined us on the night!
If you missed out on all the glitz and glamour, then remember you can still catch the ceremony on BBC iPlayer – it’s available in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer. You can also see all the winners here. And, for the sparkling inside scoop, check out our six key talking points from the night’s shenanigans – because there ain’t no party like a Virgin TV party!
1. Virgin TV customers got the VIP treatment
Dinner, drinks, an awesome after-party – we didn’t hold back for our competition winners, who got to attend the event in style. They walked the red carpet, were wined and dined in a special suite and watched the ceremony alongside the stars. Satisfy your FOMO by watching the video above or if you were there, see if you can spot yourself!
2. Snakes and iguanas scooped the first ever Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment Award
They fought off fierce competition from The Late Late Show With James Corden, Line Of Duty, Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing, Danny Dyer’s Who Do You Think You Are? and Game Of Thrones. Congratulations to David Attenborough and the Planet Earth II team!
3. BBC also stands for Bountiful BAFTA Collectors
The Beeb won big, with gongs including Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actress (Happy Valley and Sarah Lancashire), Best Leading Actor for Adeel Akhtar in Murdered By My Father, Best Scripted Comedy for People Just Do Nothing, and Best Female Performance In A Comedy Programme for Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag.
Find Happy Valley series 1 on Netflix
Find Murdered By My Father in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
Find People Just Do Nothing series 1-3 in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
Find Fleabag in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer
4. Joanna Lumley was absolutely fabulous
She picked up the much-deserved Fellowship award – the highest honour that BAFTA bestows – by paying homage to the caterers, her partner-in-crime Jennifer Saunders and closing with a Patsy classic: “Cheers sweetie, thanks a lot.”
Want to see more Ms Lumley? Look no further…
Watch Joanna Lumley’s Postcards, Thursdays, 8.30pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113). Also available for 7 days in Catch up > Channels > ITV Hub
Find Absolutely Fabulous series 1-6 on Netflix
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is available from 26 May in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert 15. Also available in HD
5. Sue Perkins should host awards more often
She even poked fun at her old Bake Off gig: “Let’s crack on before someone sells the format to Channel 4.” Ouch. And if you ever wondered what a night playing strip poker with Mary Berry looks like (and the real culprit in Line Of Duty), wonder no more.
6. Sarah Lancashire should win awards more often
And not just because she’s a phenomenally talented actress; her acceptance speeches are a thing of absolute beauty. After winning her Best Actress award, Lancashire revealed a rather intimate secret: “Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet that I’ve ever had.” Cut to Claire Foy blushing like a royal bride on her wedding night! If you’re a fan of Netflix’s The Crown, you’ll understand this tribute to Lancashire’s fellow Best Actress nominee.
Find The Crown on Netflix
Catch up on the BAFTA Television Awards in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer