‘Appropriate Adult’ wins three BAFTA TV Awards

The Emmy-eligible “Appropriate Adult” was the big winner at the BAFTA TV Awards Sunday, claiming prizes for leads Emily Watson and Dominic West and featured performer Monica Dolan. However, the two-part ITV drama based on a real-life serial killer lost Best Miniseries to Channel 4’s “This is England ’88.”  (Full list of winners here.)

The BAFTAs combine all performances in the drama genres, be they in one-off telefilms, miniseries (defined as two to five episodes) or series (six to 19 installments).

BBC’s “Sherlock,” which won the Drama Series prize last year, was reclassified as a miniseries this time around but did not reap a bid in that competitive category. However, Andrew Scott did win Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty edging out, amongst others, defending champ Martin Freeman who plays Doctor Watson in this Emmy-eligible entry. 

Another strong Emmy contender, ITV’ s “Downton Abbey,” was snubbed. It’s only nomination had been for Maggie Smith in the catch-all supporting category which was won by Dolan. 

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Another Emmy hopeful, BBC2’s “Page Eight” lost Best Single Drama to Channel 4’s “Random.”

Best Drama Series went to “The Fades,” which was cancelled by BBC3 after just one season. It beat 2010 champ “Misfits” from E4, ITV’s “Scott and Bailey,” and BBC1’s final season of “Spooks” which won this award in 2003. None of the performers from these programs was nominated. 

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