'Killing Eve' and 'Patrick Melrose' Dominate at BAFTA TV Awards

1:45 PM 5/12/2019

by Natalie Jamieson and Alex Ritman

Two weeks before the BAFTA TV Awards, 'A Very English Scandal', 'Killing Eve' and Patrick Melrose all received multiple honors at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, celebrating behind-the-scenes TV talent.

'Killing Eve'
'Killing Eve'
Gareth Gatrell/BBCAmerica

Female assassins, disgraced politicians, drug addicts and personal protection jockeyed for position on Sunday night in London, as the BAFTA TV Awards – the U.K.'s equivalent of the Emmys – welcomed the biggest names from the small screen across the Atlantic. 

Killling Eve herself, Jodie Comer, got emotional on stage collecting her BAFTA for leading actress (beating out fellow nominee Sandra Oh who wasn’t at the ceremony), while Fiona Shaw joked backstage after her supporting actress win for the flamboyant drama that Brits had been "getting off their bicycles" to talk to her in the street about her role as a spy boss. The BBC America critical hit, written and developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge from Luke Jennings' Codename Villanelle novellas, also took home the award for drama series.

Waller-Bridge admitted backstage that it was discussed that she could appear in a cameo in Killing Eve, "but by the time I was writing it, I'd written myself out of the casting bracket." Jodie Comer noted that "there is still time," prompting Waller-Bridge to state that she "would love to be murdered by Jodie." No further news came out about Phoebe Waller-Bridge's input in co-writing the upcoming Bond 25 as she had made a pact with herself that she wasn't going to discuss Bond at the BAFTAs, saying it was all about Killing Evefor the evening.

Benedict Cumberbatch said it was a "dream come true" to win leading actor and best mini-series wins for Sky/Showtime's Patrick Melrose, although his dream celebration may be harder to fulfill. "Dancing is usually the thing I can't wait to do," Cumberbatch revealed backstage after winning, "but it's usually just filmed and then immediately FaceTime lived, so I'm not that good a dancer, so somewhere where I can dance without being filmed I guess it what I'm after."

Based on the books by Edward St. Aubyn, who documented his own childhood trauma and years of substance abuse for the Patrick Melrose series, Cumberbatch noted it had been an "extraordinary experience and one that I will take with me for the rest of my life." When THR asked Benedict Cumberbatch what would be his lasting memory of working on the drama, he joked "quaaludes" before adding "I would say friendship honestly, truthfully, it was such a great collaboration; we can all look at this and be proud of every aspect of it."

Bond's Ben Whishaw was not at the London ceremony to pick up his supporting actor BAFTA for A Very English Scandal, while the international trophy went to HBO’s Succession. BBC/Netflix terrorism thrillerBodyguard won the only award voted for by the public, Virgin Media's Must-See Moment for the *spoiler alert* scene where Keeley Hawes' character Julia Montague is assassinated.

See full winners list below:

  • Comedy Entertainment Program

    WINNER A League of Their Own - David Taylor, Jack Shillaker, Ish Kalia, Murray Boland
    The Big Narstie Show - Ben Wicks, Obi Kevin Akudike, Nathan Brown, Aoife Bower
    The Last Leg - Andrew Beint, Ben Knappett, Lisa Kirk, Cimran Shah
    Would I Lie to You? - Peter Holmes, Rachel Ablett, Ruth Phillips, Adam Copeland

  • Current Affairs

    WINNER Myanmar's Killing Fields - (Dispatches) Evan Williams, Patrick Wells, Eve Lucas, Dan Edge
    Football's Wall of Silence - (Al Jazeera Investigations) Production Team
    Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs - (Exposure) Production Team
    Massacre at Ballymurphy - Callum Macrae, Gwion Owain, Mark Williams, Charlie Hawryliw

  • Drama Series

    'Killing Eve'
    'Killing Eve'

    WINNER Killing Eve
    Save Me

  • Entertainment Performance

    WINNER Lee Mack - Would I Lie To You?
    Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly - Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
    David Mitchell - Would I Lie To You?
    Rachel Parris - The Mash Report

  • Entertainment Program

    WINNER Britain's Got Talent - Charlie Irwin, Amelia Brown, Nigel Hall, Dawn Gray
    Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway - Pete Ogden, Saul Fearnley, Tom Locking, Helen Kruger Bratt
    Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Dan Baldwin, Claire Horton, Christian Fletcher, Michael McIntyre - Hungry McBear Media
    Strictly Come Dancing - Production Team

  • Factual Series

    WINNER Louis Theroux's Altered States - Production Team
    24 Hours In A&E - Production Team
    Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution - Miles Blayden-Ryall, Alistair Martin, Becky Casey, Aysha Rafaele
    Prison - Richard Melman, Paddy Wivell, Kathy Myers, Jack Wood

  • Features

    WINNER Who Do You Think You Are? - Colette Flight, Sarah Feltes, Anna Kirkwood, David Vincent
    Gordon, Gino and Fred's Road Trip - Production Team
    The Great British Bake Off - Production Team
    Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - Production Team

  • Fellowship

    Joan Bakewell
    Joan Bakewell
    David M. Benett/Getty Images

    Joan Bakewell

  • Female Performance in a Comedy Program

    WINNER Jessica Hynes - There She Goes
    Daisy May Cooper - This Country
    Julia Davis - Sally4Ever
    Lesley Manville - Mum

  • International

    Courtesy of HBO

    WINNER Succession - HBO Entertainment / Project Zeus / Gary Sanchez Productions / Sky Atlantic
    54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis - Regina Ziegler, Kilian Riedhof, Holger Karsten Schmidt - Ziegler Film / ARD Degeto / BBC Four
    The Handmaid's Tale - Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Mike Barker – MGM / Channel 4
    Reporting Trump's First Year: The Fourth Estate (Storyville) - Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman, Justin Wilkes, Dan Cogan – Radical Media / BBC Two

  • Leading Actress

    Jodie Comer in 'Killing Eve'
    Jodie Comer in 'Killing Eve'

    WINNER Jodie Comer - Killing Eve
    Keeley Hawes - Bodyguard
    Ruth Wilson - Mrs Wilson
    Sandra Oh - Killing Eve

  • Leading Actor

    Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Patrick Melrose'
    Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Patrick Melrose'
    Courtesy of Showtime

    WINNER Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose
    Chance Perdomo - Killed By My Debt 
    Hugh Grant - A Very English Scandal 
    Lucian Msamati - Kiri

  • Live Event

    WINNER The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance - Production Team
    Open Heart Surgery: Live - Production Team
    The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Production Team
    Stand Up to Cancer - Suzi Aplin, Andrew Charles Smith, Murray James, Gabe Turner

  • Male Performance in a Comedy Program

    Steve Pemberton on 'Inside No. 9'
    Steve Pemberton on 'Inside No. 9'
    BBC Two

    WINNER Steve Pemberton - Inside No. 9
    Alex Macqueen - Sally4Ever
    Jamie Demetriou - Stath Lets Flats
    Peter Mullan - Mum

  • Mini-Series

    'Patrick Melrose'
    'Patrick Melrose'
    Justin Downing/SHOWTIME

    WINNER Patrick Melrose - Two Cities / SunnyMarch TV / Little Island Productions / Sky Atlantic
    A Very English Scandal - Russell T. Davies, Stephen Frears, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Dan Winch - Blueprint Pictures / BBC One
    Kiri - Jack Thorne, George Ormond, Toby Bentley, Euros Lyn - The Forge Entertainment / Channel 4
    Mrs Wilson - Ruth Kenley-Letts, Richard Laxton, Anna Symon, Ruth Wilson - Snowed-In Productions / BBC One

  • News Coverage

    WINNER Cambridge Analytica Uncovered - Production Team
    Bullying and Harassment in the House of Commons - (Newsnight) Production Team
    Good Morning Britain: On a Knife Edge? - Production Team
    Good Morning Britain: Thomas Markle Exclusive - Production Team

  • Reality & Constructed Factual

    WINNER I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! - Production Team
    Dragons' Den - Production Team
    Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds - Murray Boland, Trish Powell, Benjamin Leigh, Louise Bartmann
    The Real Full Monty: Ladies' Night - Production Team

  • Scripted Comedy

    Courtesy of Sky/HBO

    WINNER Sally4Ever - Various Artists / Hush Ho Productions / Sky Atlantic
    Derry Girls - Lisa McGee, Michael Lennox, Caroline Leddy, Liz Lewin - Hat Trick Productions / Channel 4
    Mum – Stefan Golaszewski, Richard Laxton, Kenton Allen, Georgie Fallon - Big Talk Productions / The Money Men / BBC Two
    Stath Lets Flats - Roughcut TV / Channel 4

  • Supporting Actor

    Ben Whishaw in 'A Very English Scandal'
    Ben Whishaw in 'A Very English Scandal'
    Robert Viglasky

    WINNER Ben Whishaw - A Very English Scandal
    Alex Jennings - Unforgotten
    Kim Bodnia - Killing Eve
    Stephen Graham - Save Me

  • Supporting Actress

    Fiona Shaw in 'Killing Eve'
    Fiona Shaw in 'Killing Eve'
    Parisa Taghizadeh/BBCAmerica

    WINNER Fiona Shaw - Killing Eve
    Billie Piper - Collateral
    Keeley Hawes - Mrs Wilson
    Monica Dolan - A Very English Scandal 

  • Special Award

    Nicola Shindler
    Nicola Shindler
    Credit: JP Yim / Getty

    Nicola Shindler

  • Short Form Program

    WINNER Missed Call - Production Team
    Bovril Pam (Snatches: Moments From 100 Years of Women's Lives) - Production Team
    The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk - Spencer Jones, Jon Riche, David Simpson
    Wonderdate - Lydia Hampson, Tim Key, Jonathan van Tulleken

  • Single Documentary

    WINNER Gun No. 6 - James Newton, Zac Beattie, Georgina Cammalleri, Rupert Houseman
    Driven: The Billy Monger Story - Caroline Hawkins, Charlie Russell, Will Grayburn, Charlie Corbett
    My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me - Leo Burley, Patrick Kielty, Richard Bond, Paula Nightingale
    School for Stammerers - Jill Worsley, Rachel Bloomfield

  • Single Drama

    WINNER Killed by My Debt - Joseph Bullman, Tahsin Guner, Chris Clough, Aysha Rafaele
    Bandersnatch (Black Mirror) - Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones, David Slade, Russell McLean
    Care - Donna Molloy, Colin McKeown, Gillian Juckes, David Blair
    Through the Gates (On the Edge) - Lisa Walters, Stella Corradi, Georgia Christou, Ben Bickerton

  • Soap & Continuing Drama

    WINNER Eastenders - Production Team
    Casualty - Production Team
    Coronation Street - Production Team
    Hollyoaks - Bryan Kirkwood, Emily Gascoyne, Colette Chard, Kevin Rundle

  • Specialist Factual

    WINNER Suffragettes with Lucy Worsely - Production Team
    Bros: After the Screaming Stop - David Soutar, Joe Pearlman, Leo Pearlman, Heather Greenwood
    Grayson Perry: Rites of Passage - Grayson Perry, Neil Crombie, Joe Evans, James House
    Superkids: Breaking Away From Care - Production Team

  • Sport

    WINNER 2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England v Sweden - Production Team
    2018 Six Nations: Scotland v England - Production Team
    England's Test Cricket - Cook's Farewell - Production Team
    Winter Olympics - Production Team

  • Virgin Media's Must-See Moment

    (voted for by the public)

    WINNER Bodyguard - Julia Montague assassinated
    Coronation Street - Gail's monologue on the suicide of Aidan Connor
    Doctor Who - Rosa Parks, the Doctor and her companions ensure history remains intact
    Killing Eve - Eve stabs Villanelle
    Peter Kay's Car Share - The finale
    Queer Eye - Tom completes his transformation