“The Crown” won only one of its three races at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards on May 13 when Vanessa Kirby claimed the supporting actress prize for her riveting portrayal of Princess Margaret. While this lavish historical drama had taken home three BAFTAs at last month’s TV Craft Awards, it was bested here for Drama Series by another period piece, “Peaky Blinders.” And although Claire Foy has already collected a Golden Globe and SAG Award for capturing the essence of Queen Elizabeth II, she lost Best Drama Actress to Molly Windsor who won for the docudrama “Three Girls,” which was named Best Miniseries. (See the full list of BAFTA TV Awards winners.)
There is a threshold of six installments to qualify as a drama series at these kudos; the cap is 19, after which a show is deemed to be a continuing drama. Also up for Best Drama Series were the police series “Line of Duty” and the surreal “The End of the F***ing World.”
Miniseries must number between two and five episodes. The other nominees were the Emmy-eligible “Howards End” (which was shown on Starz stateside), “The Moorside” and “The State.”
The single drama award went to the crime drama “Murdered for Being Different” over “Against the Law,” an episode of “Black Mirror” (Hang the DJ) and the TV version of the Olivier-winning comedy “King Charles III.”
The catch-all drama acting categories pit the players in telefilms, miniseries and series against each other. Sean Bean won Best Drama Actor for playing a troubled priest toiling in Liverpool in the fictional series “Broken” while Brian. F. O’Byrne won the supporting actor award for the true-life crime drama “Little Boy Blue,” about the 2007 murder of a child in Liverpool.
On the comedy front, “This Country” won Best Comedy Series over “Catastrophe,” “Chewing Gum” and “Timewasters.” And “This Country” leading lady Daisy May Cooper claimed Best Comedy Actress over three heavy-hitters: Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”), Sian Gibson (“Peter Kay’s Car Share”) and Anna Maxwell Martin (“Motherland”). Toby Jones (“Detectorists”) took Best Comedy Actor over last year’s winner, “People Just Do Nothing” co-creator Asim Chaudhry, as well as Rob Brydon (“The Trip to Spain”) and Samson Kayo (“Famalam”).
“Casualty” claimed the Soap & Continuing Drama prize over “Coronation Street,” “Emmerdale” and “Hollyoaks.”
And last year’s Emmy winner for Best Drama Series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” took home the International award over two limited series — “Big Little Lies” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” — and the documentary series “Vietnam.”
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