“Broadchurch” dominated Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards taking Best Drama, Actress (Olivia Coleman) and Supporting Actor (David Bradley). With eight episodes, “Broadchurch” was bumped up to the Drama Series category (six to 19 installments) where it prevailed against “The Village,” “My Mad Fat Diary” and last year’s Emmy-contending “Top of the Lake.” The American remake of “Broadchurch, “Gracepoint,” airs on FOX this fall with David Tennant repeating his role as lead detective and Emmy champ Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad“) taking on Coleman’s part.
Another modern-day murder mystery, “Southcliffe,” won Best Actor for Sean Harris. However, “Southcliffe” lost its bid for Best Mini-Series (defined as two to five episodes) to “In The Flesh.”
The catch-all drama acting categories pit stars of telefilms, miniseries and series against each other. The Emmy-eligible “Burton and Taylor” was snubbed in the Single Drama race, which went to “Complicit,” it reaped bids for stars Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West. The other Single Drama nominees were: “An Adventure in Space and Time,” “Black Mirror: Be Right Back,” and “The Wipers Times.”
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The one-off return of “The IT Crowd” won both comedy performance prizes for Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade who edged out, among others, his co-star Chris O’Dowd. However, the final season of “Him and Her” claimed the Situation Comedy race.
Among the less serious fare, “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” won Entertainment Programme against “Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery,” “Dynamo Magician Impossible” and “Strictly Come Dancing.” “Strictly Come Dancing,” the precursor to “Dancing With the Stars,” was the recipient of this year’s Special Award at the Television Craft Awards ceremony which took place on April 27.
Graham Norton, who once again hosted these kudos, was denied a repeat win for Entertainment Performance for his eponymous talker as Ant and Dec prevailed for “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.” The other nominees were: Sarah Millican for her self-titled chat show, Charlie Brooker for “10 O’Clock Live.” Norton’s show was also up for Comedy Entertainment Programme which went to “A League of Their Own.”
“Coronation Street” won the Soap & Continuing Drama prize over “Casualty,””EastEnders” and “Holby City.”
Awards were handed out at London’s Theater Royal, Drury Lane during a kudocast that aired later that evening on the BBC.