Broadchurch wins three TV Bafta awards


ITV's Broadchurch was the big Bafta winner with awards for best drama, best actress and best supporting actor

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ITV's Broadchurch has won three Baftas - for best drama, best actress for Olivia Colman and best supporting actor for David Bradley.

Colman, who won two Baftas in 2013, cried on stage and said: "Sorry not cool", adding that working with co-star David Tennant was "a joy and a treat".

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway won two Baftas, for best entertainment show and entertainment performance.

The IT Crowd took two awards for Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson.

They won for best male and female in a comedy programme and Parkinson praised writer Graham Linehan "who has the most original comic brain".

After collecting his award for crime drama Broadchurch, Bradley said he was sent a replica Bafta award in chocolate by his agent last Christmas and added: "Finally I can take it down off the mantelpiece and eat it."

Colman added that writer Chris Chibnall was "a genius".

Olivia Colman's acceptance speech in full

A nervous Sean Harris, who told himself "try not to mumble" on stage, won best actor for Channel 4's Southcliffe, the harrowing drama about shootings in a small English town.

Sarah Lancashire took the prize for best supporting actress for the BBC's Last Tango in Halifax.

ITV and Channel 4 took home eight awards each and the BBC won four, including the audience award.

Actress Julie Walters was given Bafta's highest honour, a Fellowship, for her contribution to film and TV, having starred in shows such as Victoria Wood and Talking Heads and films including Educating Rita, the Harry Potter movies and Billy Elliot.

Who won what?
  • Actress - Olivia Colman
  • Actor - Sean Harris
  • Female comedy performance - Katherine Parkinson
  • Male comedy performance - Richard Ayoade
  • Supporting actress - Sarah Lancashire
  • Supporting actor - David Bradley
  • Drama - Broadchurch
  • Entertainment show - Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Entertainment performance - Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
  • News coverage - ITV News at Ten: Woolwich attacks
  • Current affairs - Syria: Across the Lines (Dispatches)
  • Sitcom - Him & Her: The Wedding
  • Mini-series - In The Flesh
  • Audience award - Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

Walters told the audience: "When I told my mother I wanted to be an an actress in 1969, she said: 'She'll be in in the gutter before she's 20'.

"But what a gutter, and I shared that gutter with some of the most amazing and talented people without whom I would not have a career."

Julie Walters and Cilla Black were the only stars on the red carpet who knew they were picking up Baftas ahead of the ceremony

US drama Breaking Bad, which was shown exclusively online in the UK, won the international award after a change in the rules allowed shows screened online to be eligible.

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D won the specialist factual award. It was screened on Sky and saw him reacting alongside a series of computer-generated dinosaurs, ice age beasts and giant reptiles.

BBC One's Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times audience Bafta, the only award of the night chosen by viewers.

Declan Donnelly said their win for Takeaway was "brilliant" and Anthony McPartlin praised the "hardworking crew", adding: "I'm so chuffed."

Julie Walters: "It's a huge honour... words can't express it"

Ceremony host Graham Norton, who was up for two awards but lost out to Ant and Dec, joked: "I remember talking to Olivia Colman last year when she said how happy she felt when she won two awards.

"I feel the opposite of that."

Cilla Black was honoured with a special award in recognition of her contribution to entertainment over her 50-year career and received a standing ovation from the star-studded audience.

"I've led a charmed life, I've worked with incredible people," she said, adding that she thanked both Bafta and the viewers "for making me feel so welcome".

Coronation Street won the soap and continuing drama gong while ITV's Long Lost Family won the features prize.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly: "We're thrilled to be nominated"

Sky One's A League of Their Own won for comedy entertainment programme and its host James Corden said: "No one is more shocked than we are to think that this is a Bafta-winning programme - it is something so silly that we all enjoy."

The single documentary Bafta was won by Channel 4's The Murder Trial, which filmed an entire murder case for the first time in a British court.

ITV won the Bafta for best news coverage for the Woolwich attacks.

Channel 4 had a total of 27 nominations - the most of any single channel this year. BBC One and BBC Two had 17 apiece, while ITV had 12.


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    Comment number 178.

    Its amazing how an actor can change characters and make the people they play come to life and appear real and believable.To appreciate acting is to see the same actor at the theatre on film or television and understand the dedication and sacrifice to succeed and be liked by the audience.

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    Comment number 177.

    Congratulations to David Bradley, even though I'll never forgive him for what he did to the Starks.

    Agree with the general consensus that this site doesn't properly prioritise which stories can be commented on and which cannot.

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    Comment number 176.

    The BBC can't open up all news stories for comment - the establishment is on their Sunday Holiday - Come Monday there will be droves of highly paid brain washing experts on hand to make sure you think the correct way and punish you with negative ratings.

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    Comment number 175.

    So when do we get the live coverage of the nurses/doctors awards who save lives every year, or maybe the police/ambulance/fire service awards who also save countless lives each year, or maybe the scientists who keep discovering new medicines for our survival & the forensic scientists who help solve crime. Of course we don't get to see these awards, because they're not media darlings are they.

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    Comment number 174.

    "Cilla Black was honoured with a special award in recognition of her contribution to entertainment over her 50-year career and received a standing ovation from the star-studded audience" What! Who pays for this? I blummin' well hope it's not me or you....or it's a lorra laughs at our expense. Celebrity bunkem


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