Monday, 19 May 2014

TV Baftas 2014: Broadchurch is big winner but BBC misses out

 Broadchurch was the biggest winner at last night's Bafta TV Awards, winning best drama series, best leading actress for Olivia Colman and best support actor for David Bradley.

Colman (pictured below with co-star Jodie Whittaker) gave a tearful acceptance speech at London's Theatre Royal, paying tribute to the "f*****g genius" of the ITV show's creator Chris Chibnall and her co-star David Tennant. It was the actress's third Bafta in just two years.
Channel 4's Gogglebox, which films people watching television from their homes, was another winner, as was Sean Harris who won best leading actor for drama series Southcliffe, while Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade won awards for their roles in The IT Crowd.

It was a "bad night for the BBC", which lost out in a string of categories, says The Guardian. BBC One won two awards: Sarah Lancashire was named best supporting actress for her role in Last Tango in Halifax and the Radio Times Audience Award went to the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. BBC Three also won two awards, for supernatural drama In the Flesh and sitcom Him & Her: the Wedding. But BBC Two failed to win a single prize, with The Great British Bake-Off and The Fall missing out.

Julie Walters (pictured below) and presenter Cilla Black were honoured with special Baftas. Walters, who has starred in television shows such as Victoria Wood and Talking Heads and films including Educating Rita, the Harry Potter movies and Billy Elliot, told the audience: "When I told my mother that I wanted to be an actress back in 1969, she said, 'She'll be in the gutter before she's 20.' She was right, but what a gutter!"

Serena Davies in the Daily Telegraph says the Baftas "got it right" on Broadchurch, with Colman's award the "most richly deserved" of the three. "This befitted the serial that everyone seemed to be talking about last year; the one that we all cared about."

But Davies questions why zombie drama In the Flesh had won over The Great Train Robbery and The Fall, describing it as one of the "surprising wrong choices".





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