Mark Rylance and 'Wolf Hall' were among the high profile winners.
U.K. television's most prestigious event took place Sunday night in the British capital, with some of the biggest names from both small and silver screen in attendance for the annual BAFTA TV Awards.
The BBC's historical series Wolf Hall – which aired on PBS in the U.S. – entered the night ahead of the pack, with four nominations, including one for its recently-minted Oscar winner Mark Rylance. The actor, whose turn as calculating statesmen Thomas Cromwell in the adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books was a hugely critically acclaimed, went up against Luther's Idris Elba in the leading actor category, as they had done in the BAFTA film awards supporting category just three months earlier (Rylance won that round).
Wolf Hall ended up winning the best drama award, and Rylance beating Elba again to walk away with the best actor honor. The series director Peter Kosminsky used his opportunity on stage to take aim at the government attacks on the BBC, saying that it was attempting to "eviscerate" something that was the envy of the world.
"We should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default. And if we don't, blink and it will be gone," he said, adding that there would be "no more Wolf Hall."
Amazon beat out Netflix as Transparent earned the award for best international series, with Jeffrey Tambor accepting the honor. Netflix's Narcos had been among the other nominees.
In supporting categories, this time it was the turn of the elder statesmen, with Tom Courtenay (Unforgotten) shortlisted alongside Ian McKellen, incredibly earning his first ever BAFTA TV short nomination, for The Dresser. Courtenay won the BAFTA to much applause.
Other guests on the night included Hugh Bonneville, Maisie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Sharon Horgan and Tom Hiddleston.
Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (BBC2) - (WINNER)
Ben Whishaw – London Spy (BBC2)
Idris Elba – Luther (BBC1)
Stephen Graham – This is England ’90 (Channel 4)
Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster (BBC1) - (WINNER)
Claire Foy – Wolf Hall (BBC2)
Ruth Madeley – Don’t Take My Baby (BBC3)
Sheridan Smith – The C-Word (BBC1)
Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten (ITV) - (WINNER)
Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall (BBC2)
Cyril Nri – Cucumber (Channel 4)
Ian McKellen – The Dresser (BBC2)
Chanel Cresswell – This is England ‘90 (Channel 4) - (WINNER)
Eleanor Worthington-Cox – The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)
Lesley Manville – River (BBC1)
Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who (BBC1)
Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum (Channel 4) - (WINNER)
Miranda Hart – Miranda (BBC1)
Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe (Channel 4)
Peter Kay – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer) - (WINNER)
Hugh Bonneville – W1A (BBC2)
Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show (BBC2)
Toby Jones – Detectorists (BBC 4)
This is England ‘90 (Channel 4) - (WINNER)
Doctor Foster (BBC1)
The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)
London Spy (BBC2)
Wolf Hall (BBC2) - (WINNER)
Humans (Channel 4)
The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic)
No Offence (Channel 4)
Transparent (Amazon Prime) - (WINNER)
The Good Wife (More4)
Poldark - (WINNER)
The Great British Bake Off
Making a Murderer
Peter Kay’s Car Share