Sherlock Leads Way at the BAFTAs

Steven Moffat and Mark Gattiss’s Conan-Doyle reboot Sherlock claimed victory over the highly fancied Downton Abbey in the prestigious ‘Best Drama’ category at last night’s BAFTAs. Martin Freeman also won a personal award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Holmes’ assistant Dr Watson.

The show’s lead Benedict Cumberbatch lost out to Daniel Rigby, who played Eric Morecambe in Victoria Wood’s comic biopic Eric and Ernie.

Freeman was quick to describe the importance of the relationship between himself and Cumberbatch after the ceremony, describing Sherlock as “Not just a love story – these two people who love and need each other in a slightly dysfunctional relationship, but in a relationship that works,” he said.

“It’s just terrific,” added Cumberbatch. “It’s validation for what we have been doing, we went in with confidence but to come out with an award is wonderful.”

Other winners included The Only Way Is Essex, which romped to victory in the publicly voted YouTube Audience Award and Flying With Monsters, David Attenborough’s 3D Sky1 documentary which won the specialist factual prize.

“I couldn’t believe this would come to me at this stage in my career,” said Attenborough. “3D has a lot of problems – the cameras are huge and that’s quite a hard problem to solve – so to get it on air and now to win this is a dream come true.”

Attenborough, who is making another two 3D documentaries for Sky, added: “I never said I wanted to retire – as long as people want me to stand up and carry on doing these things I will do, I assure you.”

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The Bafta winners

Leading actor: Daniel Rigby, Eric And Ernie

Leading actress: Vicky McClure, This Is England ’86

Supporting actor: Martin Freeman, Sherlock

Supporting actress: Lauren Socha, Misfits

Entertainment performance: Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Female performance in a comedy programme: Jo Brand, Getting On

Male performance in a comedy programme: Steve Coogan, The Trip

Single drama: The Road to Coronation Street

Drama series: Sherlock

Drama serial: Any Human Heart

Continuing drama: EastEnders

International: The Killing

Factual series: Welcome to Lagos

Specialist factual: Flying Monsters 3D

Single documentary: Between Life And Death

Features: Hugh’s Fish Fight

Current affairs: Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children, BBC4

News coverage: ITV News At Ten: The Cumbria Murders

Sport: Formula One, The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

New media: Wallace And Gromit’s World of Invention

Entertainment programme: The Cube

Comedy programme: Harry and Paul

Situation comedy: Rev

Bafta special award: Peter Bennett-Jones

YouTube audience award: The Only Way Is Essex

Bafta fellowship: Sir Trevor McDonald

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