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The great and good of the British television industry turned out in force at London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night for the biggest date on the U.K.'s small screen calendar, the BAFTA TV Awards.
Netflix's big-budget royal drama The Crown went into the night – the U.K.'s equivalent of the Emmy's – leading the pack, with five nominations, but emerged empty handed.
Instead, it was the BBC's Happy Valley that came away the winner on a night where the love was largely spread wide, winning best drama and best actress for Sarah Lancashire. Elsewhere, Phoebe Waller-Bridge claimed the best female performance in a comedy program award for Fleabag and The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander went home with the best supporting actor award. Best actor went to Adeel Akhtar, who pipped Benedict Cumberbatch in the category.
"It was an incredible night for the BBC, and I want to thank all the winners for their contribution to British television – the sheer quality on display is inspiring, and I feel honored to lead BBC Content on such top creative form," said Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content.
The BAFTA ceremony – hosted by former Great British Bake Off Host Sue Perkins – wasn’t short of laughs. Arguably the biggest came when Cuba Gooding Jnr – who collected the best international award for The People vs OJ Simpson – presented another award by saying: “And the winner goes to… Moonlight.” (a joke likely to be made in awards ceremonies for the next few years).
The night ended with Joanna Lumley being awarded BAFTA's highest honor, the BAFTA Fellowship. The TV icon used the opportunity to praise her Absolutely Fabulous collaborator Jennifer Saunders.
"You write it, I just do it," she said.
See the main winners list below.
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