BBC success at Bafta Cymru awards

Ruth Negga Ruth Negga as Shirley Bassey in the BBC Two drama Shirley

The documentaries Lions '71 and Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes won two Bafta Cymru awards each on Sunday.

In a ceremony hosted by The One Show presenter Alex Jones, BBC output took prizes in 12 out of 29 categories including the sports programme award for A Tribute to Gary Speed, about the Wales football manager who died last November.

Shirley, the BBC Two biopic on the early life of the singer Dame Shirley Bassey, also had success in the tv drama category.

Doctor Who, made at the BBC's Roath Lock drama centre in Cardiff, won in the digital creativity & games category for its interactive game The Gunpowder Plot.

Rupert Edwards also picked up the best factual director award for Passion in Port Talbot, which featured Oscar-nominated actor Michael Sheen in a recreation of the Easter story.

Roger BBC Three documentary Roger: Genocide Baby followed Roger Nsengiyumva's return to Rwanda

In a staff email, BBC Wales director Rhodri Talfan Davies thanked those who "contributed to the BBC's great success at the awards - including all those nominated".

"I'm so glad that the breadth, the talent and passion of our production teams, in-house and across the independent sector, have been recognised."

The ceremony, held at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, showcases tv and film talent in Wales and also honoured former BBC Wales head of Drama, John Hefin, with a special award.

Together with Gwenlyn Parry, Hefin created long-running Welsh-language soap Pobol y Cwm and was also responsible for producing The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and the film Grand Slam.

BBC winners included:

Director: Factual

Passion in Port Talbot - Rupert Edwards (Prospect)

Original Music

Baker Boys - Adam Lewis

Editing: Factual

Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes - Adam Mitchell


Lions '71 - Eddie Butler (Green Bay)

Gwyn Alf Williams Award for contribution to the understanding of Wales' history

Lions '71 - Dylan Richards (Green Bay)

Digital Creativity & Games

Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot - BBC Cymru Wales Interactive Team and Sumo Digital & Revolution Software

Breakthrough Awards

Roger: Genocide Baby - Nick Andrews

Sport Programme

Sport Wales: A Tribute to Gary Speed - Sion Jones & Huw Tal Davies

Single Documentary

Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park's Lost Heroes - Tim Green & Julian Carey

News Coverage

Newyddion 9/11 - Rhian Jardine

Short Form & Animation

Sweet Sixteen - Gavin Porter, David Davies-Llewellyn & Pip Broughton (It's My Shout)

Television Drama

Shirley - Charles Thompson & Katherine Lannon (Prospect Cymru)


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