The winners of this year’s BAFTA TV Awards have been announced, presented by Graham Norton, where a wide range of shows were honoured, and many people expressed their support for the BBC.
No single show dominated the awards this year, with three different programmes winning two awards each. This Is England ’90 won the award for “Best Mini-Series” and “Best Supporting Actress” for Chanel Cresswell; Peter Kay’s Car Share won “Best Scripted Comedy” and “Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme” for Kay himself; and Wolf Hall for “Best Drama Series” and “Best Leading Actor” for Mark Rylance.
Other notable winners included Strictly Come Dancing, which won its first ever BAFTA for “Best Entertainment Programme”; comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson being given a BAFTA Fellowship for their careers in which they wrote Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son, and Sir Lenny Henry being given the Special Award for his comedy and charity work, including Comic Relief, as well as encouraging diversity in TV.
Throughout the night many of the winners and presenters made statements supporting the BBC and attacking the government, including Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, for their views on the BBC. Peter Kosminsky, director of Wolf Hall and the first person to receive an award, made a special attacking Whittingdale’s stance on the BBC and Channel 4. He got a standing ovation. James Nesbitt also praised the BBC when presenting the award for “Best Single Drama”, Ian Hislop also made some points about being allowed to mock the BBC when collecting the award for “Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme” for Have I Got News for You, and Mark Rylance saying “woe to any government” getting between the public and culture. An attack in cuts that affect disabled performers was made by Ben Anthony, director of Don’t Take My Baby, winner of “Best Single Drama”.
Full list of winners (in order of presentation)
- Best Drama Series – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
- Best Entertainment Programme – Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
- Best Single Documentary – My Son the Jihadi (Channel 4)
- Best Current Affairs – This World – Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (BBC Two)
- Best Mini-Series – This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
- Best Factual Series – The Murder Detectives (Channel 4)
- Best News Coverage – Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre
- Best Live Event – Big Blue Live (BBC One)
- Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme – Michaela Cole (Chewing Gum, E4)
- Best Sport – The Ashes (Sky Sports)
- Best International Programme – Transparent (Amazon)
- Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme – Peter Kay (Peter Kay’s Car Share, BBC One)
- Best Single Drama – Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)
- BAFTA Fellowship – Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Writers of Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son)
- Radio Times Audience Award – Poldark (BBC One)
- Best Supporting Actor – Tom Courtenay (Unforgotten, ITV)
- Best Reality & Constructed Reality – First Dates (Channel 4)
- Best Supporting Actress – Chanel Cresswell (This Is England ’90, Channel 4)
- Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme – Have I Got News for You (BBC One)
- Best Specialist Factual – Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC Two)
- Best Soap & Continuing Drama – EastEnders (BBC One)
- Best Features – The Great British Bake Off (BBC One)
- Best Scripted Comedy – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC One)
- Best Entertainment Performance – Leigh Francis (Celebrity Juice, BBC Three)
- Best Leading Actress – Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, BBC One)
- Best Leading Actor – Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, BBC Two)
- Special Award – Lenny Henry