Bafta success for BBC drama

Bafta winners BBC winners: Last Tango in Halifax, Twenty Twelve, Olivia Colman and Our War

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The BBC won all the drama categories at the Bafta awards ceremony on Sunday night.

Last Tango in Halifax, which told the story of two pensioners who reunite through Facebook, took the prize for best drama series.

On receiving the award, leading actress Anne Reid quipped: "I'm so happy that the BBC have decided, at last, to do love stories about people who are over 35, because some of us, you know, do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70."

BBC Two's Murder, from The Killing director Birger Larson, won the single drama award, while BBC Four's Room at the Top triumphed in the mini-series category.

EastEnders also won the prize for soap and continuing drama.

BBC Two's Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown triumphed in two performance categories, with Ben Whishaw named best actor for Richard II, and Simon Russell Beale winning best supporting actor for Henry IV Part 2.

Olympics snub

Who won what?

  • Actor - Ben Whishaw
  • Actress - Sheridan Smith
  • Female comedy performance - Olivia Colman
  • Male comedy performance - Steve Coogan
  • Supporting actor - Simon Russell Beale
  • Supporting Actress - Olivia Colman
  • Drama series - Last Tango in Halifax
  • Sport and live event - The London 2012 Paralympic Games
  • News coverage - Hillsborough - The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)
  • Current Affairs - The Shame of the Catholic Church
  • Sitcom - Twenty Twelve
  • Soap and continuing drama - EastEnders
  • Audience award - Game of Thrones

Olivia Colman, whose profile has soared since the ITV hit Broadchurch, won two awards for previous roles on BBC shows.

She was named best supporting actress for her performance in BBC One drama Accused, and best female in a comedy programme for BBC Two's Olympic mockumentary Twenty Twelve.

The latter also won best sitcom but the BBC's coverage of London 2012 surprisingly came away empty-handed.

Its coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, Super Saturday and the men's Wimbledon final was beaten by Channel 4's Paralympic Games in the sport and live event category.

The opening ceremony also missed out in the audience award which went to fantasy drama Game of Thrones, filmed in Northern Ireland.

BBC Two success

But BBC Two converted 8 of its 26 nominations, winning more awards than any other channel.

The Great British Bake Off won best features for the second year in a row, plus 7/7: One Day in London received the award for best single documentary.

The BBC Northern Ireland production The Shame of the Catholic Church, which featured in BBC Two's This World strand, beat ITV's The Other Side of Jimmy Savile in the current affairs category.

Bafta wins per broadcaster

  • BBC - 15
  • Channel 4 - 4
  • Sky - 3
  • ITV - 2

ITV Granada Reports' Hillsborough coverage won in the news category, when the regional bulletin received their second Bafta in recent years.

BBC Three programmes Our War won in the factual series category for the second consecutive year and The Revolution Will Be Televised triumphed in the comedy programme group.

The ceremony, which was watched by 6.1 million viewers, was hosted by Graham Norton, who also won best entertainment programme award for his Friday night show on BBC One.

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