Appropriate Adult Outstrips Sherlock at BAFTAs

Last night ITV’s Appropriate Adult, a chilling drama exploring the Fred West murders, took a hat-trick of acting prizes at the British Academy Television Awards.

Actors Dominic West and Monica Dolan were both honoured for their portrayals of Fred and Rose West respectively, and actress Emily Watson took home leading actress for her role as Janet Leach — West’s confidante after his arrest and the appropriate adult in the show’s title.

It was a reasonably disappointing night for the hugely popular Sherlock, with West beating the show’s lead Benedict Cumberbatch to best actor.

Andrew Scott, however, who plays the consulting detective’s nemesis Moriarty, took best supporting actor, beating his co-star Martin Freeman.

In 2011, Sherlock bizarrely lost out to ITV2’s The Only Way is Essex; this year it lost to Celebrity Juice, a similarly gaudy comedy panel game that’s made by the same channel. Fortunately for Sherlock’s co-creator Steven Moffat, however, he was awarded with Bafta’s special award, which he was presented with by Cumerbatch and Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

In the comedy department, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, which is set to return for another two series, took home best comedy series. Meanwhile, the unashamedly broad Mrs Brown’s Boys won best sitcom and comedy veteran Jennifer Saunders took best female comedy performer for reprising her role as Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous.

Other winners of the night were BBC 2’s surprise hit Great British Bake-Off, which won the features category, and Danish show Borgen, which won the international category. The controversial Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die took home best single documentary, a one off that showed the moment of Peter Smedley’s death.

To view the full list of winners, check out the full list of winners on the BAFTA website..

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