Olivia Colman wins two Bafta awards

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Olivia Colman has won two Baftas, taking the prizes for best supporting actress for Accused and best female in a comedy programme for Twenty Twelve.

Colman said of her win for Accused: "Turns out it does mean a lot. And I'm not going to cry."

BBC Olympic satire Twenty Twelve also won best sitcom at the TV Bafta Awards.

BBC One's Last Tango in Halifax took best drama series and Channel 4's London 2012 Paralympic Games won best sport and live event.

The Paralympics beat the BBC's coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, Super Saturday and the men's Wimbledon final.

Ade Adepitan, who co-presented the award-winning Paralympic coverage with Clare Balding, thanked Channel 4 for "allowing us to show the Paralympics warts and all" and for "allowing us to be ourselves", referring to his fellow Paralympic athletes.

Colman thanked Accused writer Jimmy McGovern and paid tribute to co-star Anne Marie Duff, adding: "If it's alright with everyone, it's for Anne Marie and me to share - we're Anne Malivia Colemuff, we did it together and I couldn't have done it without her to play off."

When she collected her second award for Twenty Twelve, the Broadchurch star praised her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis, joking: "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."

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

A tearful Sheridan Smith won best lead actress for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs. She thanked the whole team behind the show, apologising for her tears, adding: "I can't believe it."

Ben Whishaw won best actor for Richard II (The Hollow Crown) on BBC Two, and looked stunned.

The actor, who also played the role of Q in the James Bond film Skyfall, said: "I'm really, really surprised, I was hoping it would be one of the others just so I wouldn't have to come up here and say anything. I'm thrilled, it's amazing - I can't believe it."

Simon Russell Beale won best supporting actor for Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown), but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Michael Palin, who was presented with a Bafta fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, said: "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."

He also thanked the BBC, saying: "No other broadcasting company in the world would have given me the opportunity to do what I've done."

Balding, who won a Bafta Special Award, said she was "aware this would not have happened if it weren't for the magic of last summer", referring to the 2012 Games, when she presented for both the BBC's Olympic and Channel 4's Paralympic coverage.

"I'm so grateful to the BBC and Channel 4 for putting me at the heart of those events," she said, before tearfully thanking her parents and her partner.

BBC Two's The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World) won the best current affairs Bafta, beating the BBC One's Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis (Panorama Special), ITV's The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (Exposure) and Al Jazeera Investigates' What Killed Arafat?.

Bafta wins per broadcaster

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

Other winners included Murder, from The Killing director Birger Larsen, which took the prize for best single drama, beating The Girl. Game of Thrones took the prize for audience award.

Anne Reid, who starred in Last Tango with Sir Derek Jacobi, said: "I'm so happy that the BBC at last have decided to do love stories about people who are over 35. Some of us do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70."

BBC Two's 7/7 One Day in London won for best single documentary and ITV's Hillsborough - The Truth at Last (Granada Reports) took the Bafta for best news coverage.

Room at the Top won best mini-series, beating Accused, Mrs Biggs and Parade's End and The Great British Bake Off won best features. Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl had been up for four Baftas but left empty-handed.

Graham Norton hosted the ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall, where he won best entertainment performance for The Graham Norton show. He thanked the BBC, the guests and his team, who he joked did not enjoy being up on stage.

Michael Palin Michael Palin said he felt "slightly guilty" at winning an award for such an enjoyable career

Steve Coogan won best male performance in a comedy programme for Sky Atlantic's Welcome to the Places of My Life. He was not there to collect his award but a message from him read: "Thanks very much, I've got five now... ". BBC Three's The Revolution Will Be Televised was named the best comedy programme.

Channel 4's Alan Carr won best entertainment performance for Alan Carr: Chatty Man while the channel's All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry won best specialist factual show.

BBC One's EastEnders took best soap and best reality and constructed factual show went to Channel 4's Made in Chelsea. Girls won best international show.

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary was celebrated during the ceremony with a montage of clips from the show and a sketch with the current Doctor and his assistant, played by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Overnight figures showed an average 6.1 million people tuned in to watch the awards - the highest figure since 2004 and up from last year's 3.6 million.


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    Comment number 264.

    Anyone else think its ridiculous that Ben Whishaw won for leading actor?
    For starters why wasn't Tom Hiddleston nominated in this category? I'm sorry but in my opinion Ben is an overrated actor. His performance on Richard II was chaotic at best. Mumbling his lines, Patrick Stewart was the best thing about this version of Richard II.

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    Comment number 263.

    Comedy is entirely subjective so stating that American comedies are superior is a non sequitur.
    Personally I find them formulaic and highly dependent on predictable but improbable plots and irritating gag tracks and prefer the anarchic strain of british/ irish comedy that can still be found in series such as father Ted and the Inbetweeners, but thats just my preference.

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    Comment number 262.

    One has to question the validity of any award ceremony that continues to bestow awards on the ridulous pile of 'cack' that is 'Eastenders' - who are the 'experts' who vote for these people - and, more importantly, how unbiased are they? Do they have any connection with the TV programmes they vote for? After the mammoth Savile cover-up who knows what else goes on!

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 260.

    Mark Delaney
    ...that the above UK representatives' jokes need to be 'explained' obviously isn't true for those who 'get the joke'. That's my point.

    Well my point is that their brand of humour is aimed at a narrow band of people.

    As I said if a joke is funny it doesn't need explaining.

    If you "get" their humour then bully for you - most don't, well educated or not.

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    Comment number 259.

    If you don't like or get the likes of Colman, Mitchell, Webb et al, that's absolutely fine. I happen to find a lot of the US comedy imports fantastic too. However, your sweeping view in @248 that the above UK representatives' jokes need to be 'explained' obviously isn't true for those who 'get the joke'. It's a matter of what tickles your funny bone. That's my point.

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    Comment number 258.

    252.Mark Delaney
    Go on then, ravenmorpheus2k, get writing...

    Regardless of whether I could or could not come up with something better it doesn't alter the fact that I (and I'm not the only one) fail to find any humour in the performances of Colman, Mitchell, Webb and co.

    If find US comedy far more humorous than ours - and we're importing more and more of it.

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    Comment number 257.

    These awards just show how out of touch BAFTA are with the viewing public and how they listen to the professional critics too much. Steve Coogan stopped being funny years ago and although Twenty Twelve was very clever it certainly wasn't a comedy. In fact it was the epitome of a show that was written to please the critics rather than the viewing public.

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    Comment number 256.

    How on earth is comment #134 so negatively rated? A choice between, say, Breaking Bad, and a badly written multinational-corporation sponsored "drama" starring the likes of Suranne Jones, Tamsin Outhwaite and Reg Holdsworth isn't really close is it?!?!

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    Comment number 255.

    Still not corrected the article that states Graham Norton won an award when that didn't happen this year...

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    Comment number 254.

    250. Fife Bear
    Is that the Kurosawa whose Wikipedia entry lists 71 awards?

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    Comment number 253.

    I am constantly staggered by the number of negative comments on this site. If people have a problem with the BBC or their coverage, then switch over or switch off for goodness sake!

    As for the awards themselves, Clare Balding and Olivia Coleman were very worthy winners as the outstanding performers last year. Olivia C was far more deserving for her acting BAFTA than the comedy one though.

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    Comment number 252.

    Is there somewhere that runs Peep Show 'explain-the-jokes' sessions? Mind you, I actually get the jokes when I watch it but maybe I'm one of Channel 4's middle class "alternative" university target audience, I guess?

    Still, maybe you're right, perhaps the UK can do far better with comedy? Go on then, ravenmorpheus2k, get writing (funny name that, by the way)!

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    Comment number 251.

    Karl Pilkington was robbed.

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    Comment number 250.

    Didn’t Kurosawa describe these sorts of awards as “self congratulatory nonsense”?

    How right he was…

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    Comment number 249.

    @philmus "She deserved her acting BAFTA but I was puzzled about her comedy actress award."
    As I said, if you had seen her as Debbie Doonan in Beautiful People, you would not be puzzled - she was a scream!

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    Comment number 248.

    ...Peep Show. Mitchell is a breath of fresh air: intelligent, witty, original.

    Ah yes, Peep Show. It's so intelligent, witty and original that the majority of the "humour" has to be explained before people find it funny.

    Just another example of Channel 4's middle class "alternative" university bred humour.

    If it has to be explained a joke isn't funny. The UK can do far better.

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    Comment number 247.

    First saw Olivia Colman as Debbie Doonan in Beautiful People. She was a scream in that and recently saw only the last episode of Broadchurch and she was magnificent. No surprise she won this year and next year's for Broadchurch is a certain bet too. Well done to her!

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    Comment number 246.

    No 48 ' I hate television, brainwashing for the masses'.
    Emmmm, so why are you on the BBC website and reading comments about TV programme awards then?
    Well done, Olivia Coleman, well deserved!

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    Comment number 245.

    She's been very busy over the last two years (in fact as she was picking up her award she was in the Suspicions of Mr Whitcher on ITV). She deserved her acting BAFTA but I was puzzled about her comedy actress award.

    Her role in 2012 was a minor supporting one, she had a far bigger role in Rev. Not only that, she was up against Miranda Hart who not only acts in her own show but writes it.


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