Tuesday 6 December 2016

It's elementary for 'Sherlock' - but Benedict misses out on Bafta gong

Emma Clark and Katie Archer

Published 11/05/2015 | 02:30

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
Jason Watkins
Graham Norton
Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly with the Best Entertainment Programme Award for Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Stephen Rea with the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for The Honourable Woman alongside Archie Panjabi
Rochelle Humes
Ophelia Lovibond
Laura Whitmore

'Sherlock' might have won a gong but Benedict Cumberbatch again missed out on a television Bafta for his portrayal of the master detective.

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Instead the leading actor role went to Jason Watkins for his portrayal as the murder accused in ITV's drama 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'.

It was Cumberbatch's third nomination for his performance in the hit BBC show, which took home the Radio Times Audience Award.

Watkins said later: "I can't believe it. It's very satisfying to be nominated and to win - I just can't believe it."

Georgina Campbell was a surprise winner after claiming the leading actress award, which had been largely tipped to be taken by Sheridan Smith.

The young actress won for her portrayal of a domestic violence victim in BBC 3's 'Murdered by My Boyfriend'.

Shaking as she picked up her gong, the little-known actress said: "This is insane. The women who are in this category are absolutely brilliant. If I have the career they have in a few years time I'll count myself very lucky."

Comedian Jessica Hynes used her win for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme to make a stand against cuts to education and the arts in Britain.

The two real-life dramas, 'Marvellous', which told the story of Neil Baldwin, who refused to accept the limitations of his learning disability, and 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies', the story of the wrongly accused suspect in the murder investigation of Joanna Yeates, emerged as clear favourites of the night.

'Marvellous' won the Single Drama category while Gemma Jones picked up Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Neil's mother Mary Baldwin.

While aside from Watkins' big win - his first Bafta - 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies' also took home the best mini-series award.

The first actor of the night to pick up a coveted gong was Irish actor Stephen Rea for his supporting role as Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle in the BBC Two's 'The Honourable Woman'.

The soap war was again won this year by ITV's 'Coronation Street' whose production team proudly collected the award for best Soap and Continuing Drama.

Irish host Graham Norton laughed as he briefly put his duties to one side to collect the best comedy programme gong for his own 'Graham Norton Show'.

"Yay me", he told the audience. "It's much quicker when I win, I should win most things."

Television favourites Ant and Dec twice found themselves on stage to collect awards - once to celebrate a win for their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' show and again to recognise their performance as a comedy duo in the entertainment performance category. The giggling pair said they were "thrilled" to have collected the awards and thanked their other halves for their support.

The Winners

Leading actor: JASON WATKINS - 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies'

Leading Actress: GEORGINA CAMPBELL - 'Murdered by My Boyfriend'

Supporting actor: STEPHEN REA - 'The Honourable Woman'

Supporting actress: GEMMA JONES - 'Marvellous'

Entertainment performance: ANT AND DEC - 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'

Female performance in a comedy: JESSICA HYNES - 'W1A'

Male performance in a comedy: MATT BERRY - 'Toast of London'

Single drama: 'MARVELLOUS'

Mini-series: 'THE LOST HONOUR OF CHRISTOPHER JEFFERIES'

Drama series: 'HAPPY VALLEY'

Soap and continuing drama: 'Coronation street'

International: 'TRUE DETECTIVE'

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