BGT wins first BAFTA
- Bang Showbiz
- 7 June 2010
ITV's 'Britain Got Talent' and comedy duo Ant and Dec won their first ever TV BAFTAs last night (06.06.10)
'Britain's Got Talent' scooped its first TV BAFTA last night (07.06.10) for best entertainment programme.
The prize came a day after acrobatics act Spelbound won the hit ITV1 show on Saturday night, and reportedly earned the highest viewing figures on television in five years.
Presenters of the show Ant and Dec - real named Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - also picked up their first ever prize, after being nominated five times previously.
The presenting duo, both aged 34, were stunned when they were announced winners of best entertainment performance for hosting ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'.
Dec - who along with Ant started their TV career 20 years ago on BBC children's drama 'Byker Grove' - said: "I wasn't expecting that. This is for series nine of 'I'm A Celebrity.'
"I don't know what the hell we did wrong for the first eight series."
Ant added: "You feed a couple of kangaroo testicles to a glamour model and you get this. Wow!"
They returned to the stage later in the television awards with music supremo Simon Cowell when his reality show 'Britain's Got Talent' received the coveted prize.
Ant said: "This is for last year's show, so thanks to Susan Boyle. Cheers, pet."
Show judge Simon added: "To make it clear, Diversity won last year."
The multi-millionnaire - who turned up to the glitzy award ceremony in London with his ex-girlfriend Jackie St Claire - also won a special BAFTA for his "outstanding contribution" to TV and his "development of new talent".
He said: "Standing here tonight, getting this award for making TV shows, is the happiest feeling of my life."
Julie Walters received her sixth television BAFTA for her role as the late Labour minister Mo Mowlam in 'Mo'.
While BBC political satire 'The Thick Of It' was another of the night's big winners scooping Best Sitcom, while its stars Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front won the Male and Female Performance in a Comedy Programme honours.
The BBC also won the prize for best Continuing Drama with hit soap 'EastEnders' and Best Comedy for 'The Armstrong and Miller Show'.
List of major TV BAFTA 2010 winners:
Drama Series - 'Misfits'
Comedy - 'Armstrong and Miller'
Specialist Factual - 'Inside Nature's Giants'
Single Drama - 'The Unloved'
Current Affairs - 'Terror In Mumbai', Dispatches
International - 'Mad Men'
News Coverage - ITV/ News at Ten, Haiti coverage
Entertainment Performance - Ant and Dec
Supporting Actor - Matthew Macfadyen
Continuing Drama - 'EastEnders'
Supporting Actress - Rebecca Hall
Special Award - Simon Cowell
Factual Series - 'One Born Every Minute'
Drama Serial - 'Occupation'
Single Documentary - 'Wounded'
Female Performance in Comedy Programme - Rebecca Front, 'The Thick of It'
Male Performance in Comedy Programme - Peter Capaldi, 'The Thick of It'
Entertainment - 'Britain's Got Talent'
Sitcom - 'The Thick of It'
Leading Actor - Kenneth Branagh, 'Wallender'
Leading Actress - Julie Walters, 'Mo'
Fellowship - Melvyn Bragg