The summer months usually offer the weakest lineup on America’s television calendar. While fall and winter offer the best shows, summer is often times filled with one-off events and reality television. On that note, prepare for the doldrums with some high-quality British TV using this year’s BAFTA Award winners.
The ceremony this year was hosted by Graham Norton, it took place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, where presenters included Justin Timberlake, Idris Elba, Alesha Dixon, Josh Hartnett, Georgina Campbell, James Norton, Fearne Cotton, Dermot O’Leary, Rose Leslie, Sir Trevor McDonald, Anna Kendrick, Tom Hiddleston and Adrian Lester.
Wolf Hall took home two awards this year, one for Mark Rylance receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actor, adding to his Supporting Actor win at the EE British Academy Film Awards earlier this year. The second award went to Peter Straughan for Drama Series, the show chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell through Henry VIII’s royal court, .
Chanel Cresswell took home the Supporting Actress award, this was her first BAFTA win, for her performance in This Is England ’90. The Sheffield-set drama, which spans three series and a feature film, also received the award for Mini-Series, adding to the Director: Fiction BAFTA Shane Meadows won at the Television Craft Awards a fortnight ago.
Suranne Jones won the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her portrayal of a wife betrayed by her husband’s infidelity in Doctor Foster, while Tom Courtenay’s performance in Unforgotten earned him the award for Supporting Actor, his third BAFTA in total and 53 years since his first for Most Promising Newcomer.
Peter Kay raced to victory in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme category for Peter Kay’s Car Share, which also picked up the BAFTA for Scripted Comedy. Michaela Coel added to her recent Television Craft Breakthrough Talent award with a BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her starring role in Chewing Gum.
The award for Single Drama was presented to Don’t Take My Baby, which tells the story of a disabled couple’s desperate struggle to keep their newborn child.
In the International category, the BAFTA was awarded to Amazon Studios’ Transparent, which follows a family in Los Angeles who discover that their retired father is a transgender woman. The series’ lead actor, Jeffrey Tambor, collected the award.
The BAFTA for Entertainment Performance was presented to Leigh Francis for Celebrity Juice, while the award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme went to Have I Got News For You, now in its 51st series.
The BAFTA for Soap and Continuing Drama, which recognises the exceptional talent required to deliver stories that hold an audience over days, weeks and months, was awarded to EastEnders for the ninth time.
The award for News Coverage went to Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre, while Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World) received the BAFTA for Current Affairs.
My Son the Jihadi, which documents a woman grappling with the knowledge that her son has left the UK to join an Islamist terror group in Somalia, received the BAFTA for Single Documentary. In Factual Series, Dave Nath added to his Director: Factual BAFTA from a fortnight ago at the Television Craft Awards with a win alongside his co-nominees for The Murder Detectives, while the BAFTA for Specialist Factual went to Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.
The Ashes hit its competition for six to take home the BAFTA for Sport, while the award for Live Event was presented to Big Blue Live for its week-long coverage of the aquatic life of Monterey Bay.
The Special Award in Honour of Alan Clarke was presented to Lenny Henry, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and writers, in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution to television during a career that has so far spanned 40 years. Revered for his writing and performance, and charity work, Henry’s credits have included Tiswas, Three of A Kind, Lenny Henry in Pieces and The Lenny Henry Show, as well as co-founding Comic Relief, which to-date has raised over £1 billion.
The Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy bestows, was presented to Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writing duo responsible for creating some of the most iconic comedy characters and programmes to grace British screens, with credits including Hancock’s Half-Hour, and Steptoe and Son which ran for 12 years from 1963-1974.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (BBC2) – (WINNER)
Ben Whishaw – London Spy
Idris Elba – Luther
Stephen Graham – This is England ’90
Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster – (WINNER)
Claire Foy – Wolf Hall
Ruth Madeley – Don’t Take My Baby
Sheridan Smith – The C-Word
Wolf Hall (BBC2) (WINNER)
The Last Panthers
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) (WINNER)
Adele at the BBC
Britain’s Got Talent
TFI Friday anniversary special
Female Performance in a Comedy Program
Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum (Channel 4) (WINNER)
Miranda Hart – Miranda
Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe
Transparent (Amazon Prime) (WINNER)
The Good Wife
Male performance in a comedy program
Peter Kay – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer) (WINNER)
Hugh Bonneville – W1A
Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show
Toby Jones – Detectorists
Don’t Take My Baby (BBC3) (WINNER)
Radio Times audience award
The Great British Bake Off
Making a Murderer
Peter Kay’s Car Share
Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten (ITV) (WINNER)
Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall
Cyril Nri – Cucumber
Ian McKellen – The Dresser
Reality and constructed factual
First Dates (Channel 4) (WINNER)
I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here
The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds
Chanel Cresswell – This is England ‘90 (Channel 4) (WINNER)
Eleanor Worthington-Cox – The Enfield Haunting
Lesley Manville – River
Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who
Comedy and comedy entertainment program
Have I Got News for You (BBC1) (WINNER)
Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
Would I Lie To You
Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC2)
Grayson Perry’s Dream House
Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom
Soap and continuing drama
EastEnders (BBC1) (WINNER)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC1) (WINNER)
Back in Time for Dinner
Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild
Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer) (WINNER)
People Just Do Nothing
Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice (ITV2) (WINNER)
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur
Stephen Fry – QI