Wednesday 18 October 2017

Stephen Rea and Graham Norton among winners at TV BAFTAs

Graham Norton arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Graham Norton arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
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Programme Name: The Honourable Woman - TX: 10/07/2014 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Sir Hugh Hayden Hoyle (STEPHEN REA)

Irish actor Stephen Rea was the first of the night to scoop an award at the TV BAFTAs in London.

***SPOILERS - reporting on show live, an hour before BBC One broadcast.

Rea picked up a coveted gong for his role as Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle in the BBC Two's The Honourable Woman.

He beat rivals Ken Stott from The Missing, Adeel Akhtar from Channel 4's Utopia and James Norton from Happy Valley for Best Supporting Actor.

"There are so many incredible actors in the Honourable Woman. I feel I'm receiving this on their behalf."

Norton called his team from The Graham Norton Show on stage to join him accepting the award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment, the award they won over competition Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, and Would I Lie To You.

He then shooed them off stage and said, "Yay me!".

The comic had opened the ceremony with a string of one-liners to get the celebration started after what he called "election fatigue".

He quipped: "We bid farewell to Clegg, Milliband and Farage. On the upside, the makers of Top Gear have just had an idea."

Comic duo Ant and Dec are the first winners of the night at the television Bafta awards.

Their ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway, beat off competition from Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice and Dynamo: Magician Impossible for the best entertainment programme.

Picking up the gong, Ant told the audience: "What a great start to the show - for us. We're delighted with it, thrilled. We love making this show."

Foreign reporter Alex Crawford was part of the Sky News Live at Five team which picked up the gong for best News Coverage, for their "brave" reports on the Ebola epidemic.

New mother-in-law Judy Murray took to the stage in a glamorous sheer panel dress to present the award for Sport and Live Event which went to the BBC for their coverage of the First World War remembrance celebrations last year.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud thanked the "millions and millions of loyal fans" who have followed the Channel 4 programme "for the past 20 years" as he collected the award for Best Feature.

In the international category, HBO series True Detective beat The Good Wife and Netflix series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

An emotional and clearly shocked Gemma Jones was close to tears as she picked up Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Mary Baldwin in Marvellous .

The bio-pic told the true story of Neil Baldwin, who refused to accept the limitations of his learning disability.

It was her first nomination for the veteran actress since 1997. She told the audience: "I'd like to thank the real Neil who so generously allowed us to intrude on his extraordinary life."

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

It was despite Eastenders' gripping "whodunnit" plot around the murder of Lucy Beale.

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