6 June 2010
Last updated at 23:58
Whitehall satire The Thick Of It was the big winner at the Bafta TV awards, scooping three prizes. Star Peter Capaldi was given his best male comedy performance award by Glee actress Jane Lynch. Their characters share a taste for vicious verbal putdowns.
Ant and Dec won their first ever Bafta - after more than 20 years in the business. "I really, really, really wasn't expecting that," said Dec on stage. Earlier, the duo told the BBC they had a plan to deal with disappointment: "If we lose, we booze."
Julie Walters won her seventh Bafta for her portrayal of Labour politician Mo Mowlam (right). Accepting her award, Walters thanked "Mo's family and friends who were massively supportive... and Mo, what a woman."
Simon Cowell was recognised for his contribution to developing new talent. In a playful mood, he thanked himself on stage, and made fun of ex-girlfriend Jackie St Claire and co-star, Amanda Holden, in the press area.
Cowell's TV show Britain's Got Talent also won a Bafta - its first - for best entertainment programme. The trophy recognised last year's series, won by dance troupe Diversity, pictured here with a mysterious interloper...
Having been rumbled, Lenny Henry was on hand to present South Bank Show host Melvyn Bragg with the Bafta Fellowship. "I wanted to put popular arts alongside the opera and the ballet," said Lord Bragg. "Put it all in the same bag and see what happened."
Soap stalwarts Barbara Windsor and Helen Worth battled it out in the best continuing drama category. In the end, EastEnders continued its winning streak from last month's National Soap Awards.
Graham Norton hosted the show, joking that he needed the money "now that my lodger David has been thrown out of the government". The star also referenced the upcoming World Cup, quipping: "Is it just me and Cheryl Cole that couldn't give a toss?"
Among the absentee winners were the cast of stylish US advertising drama Mad Men, which picked up best international show. Best actor Kenneth Branagh was also unable to attend the ceremony.
Helena Bonham Carter wowed the red carpet in a typically offbeat red dress with exposed garter straps and a tiny, funereal hat. The star was up for best actress after her portrayal of author Enid Blyton on BBC Four, but lost to Julie Walters.
Comedy duo Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong won best comedy programme for their self-titled sketch show. Miller celebrated backstage in the style of the pair's wartime pilot characters: "It's well nang blood, isn't it?"
The cast of Channel 4 sitcom The Inbetweeners picked up the only audience prize of the night, beating prime time behemoths like The One Show, Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor in the process.