2015 Bafta TV award winners announced
In a good year for homegrown TV, no one show dominated
The 2015 Bafta TV Awards were handed out on Sun 10 May, and given the sheer number of different shows that took home gongs, nobody can say that viewers in 2014 didn't have a choice. The television awards came in the wake of the Bafta TV Craft Awards, announced two weeks ago, which reward writing, direction and technical achievement.
The surprise loser on both nights was Cilla, which despite being nominated in multiple categories (Leading actress, Miniseries, Costume Design, Sound / Fiction), went home with nothing. Marvellous won Best Single Drama and Gemma Jones finally got that Bafta for Best Supporting Actress, 38 years after her previous nomination, although the award for Leading Actor went not to Marvellous's star Toby Jones, but to Jason Watkins for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, which also won Best Miniseries. Newcomer Georgina Campbell got Best Leading Actress for Murdered By My Boyfriend, which only failed to win Most Spoilerrific Title because there's no such category. Hugo Blick's gripping thriller The Honourable Woman won only one of its four nominations, with Stephen Rea getting Best Supporting Actor for his wonderful, bone-dry performance as aging MI6 man Hugh Hayden-Hoyle.
Mackenzie Crook's Detectorists got the sitcom garlands, with Best Scripted Comedy and Best Writer/Comedy. In drama, Sally Wainwright's Happy Valley took home Writer / Drama and Best Drama Series. In the TV awards, a Special Award went to the much-loved and ailing Clive James, while in the craft awards, the Special Award went for the first time to a vision mixer, Hilary Briegel, for her life's work expertly enabling TV programmes to flow smoothly. The TV Fellowship went to Channel 4 News' veteran presenter Jon Snow, suggesting that Jon Snow does, in fact, know rather a lot.
Season three of Sherlock may have divided critics, but the public voted it the Radio Times Audience Award. Matt Berry and Jessica Hynes took the Best Actor/Actress Comedy awards, for their respective roles in Toast of London and W1A. Finally, True Detective beat off stiff competition from Orange is the New Black to take Best International Series, just as we predicted. Not that we're smug about it …
The full list of winners in the main awards is below, and you can find the full list of Craft Award winners at the Bafta website.
Jeff Pope (Head of ITV Productions Factual Drama)
Jason Watkins – The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies
Georgina Campbell – Murdered By My Boyfriend
Stephen Rea – The Honourable Woman
Gemma Jones – Marvellous
Ant And Dec – Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Female Performance In A Comedy Programme
Jessica Hynes – W1a
Male Performance In A Comedy Programme
Matt Berry – Toast Of London
The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies
Soap & Continuing Drama
Life And Death Row
Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
The Paedophile Hunter
Reality & Constructed Factual
The Island With Bear Grylls
Children On The Frontline (dispatches)
Sky News Live At Five: Ebola
Sport & Live Event
Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Comedy And Comedy Entertainment Programme
The Graham Norton Show
Radio Times Audience Award (voted by the public)