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'And the winner is...Me!' BAFTA host Graham Norton wins best entertainment programme

Published 13/05/2013 | 05:00

Graham Norton with the Best Entertainment Programme Award for The Graham Norton Show at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Graham Norton with the Best Entertainment Programme Award for The Graham Norton Show at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Alan Carr with the Best Entertainment Performance Award for Chatty Man at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Bruce Forsyth and wife Winnie arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Laura Whitmore arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Anne-Marie Duff at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Michael Palin with the Fellowship Award at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Samantha Womack arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Ben Whishaw with the Best Leading Actor Award for Richard II, at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Lara Pulver (left) and Helen George at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Emily Maitlis at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Olivia Colman with the Supporting Actress Award at the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2013. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

STARS of the small screen gathered for the Baftas, the British TV oscars in London last night

And Irish host Graham Norton,  had to interrupt his unique brand of sparkling banter to accept his own award before returning to hosting duties.

Picking up the gong for best entertainment programme he joked: "It's funny how that can cheer an evening up."

The award for soap and continuing drama went to 'EastEnders', with one of its stars, Shane Richie, thanking viewers, saying: "This is especially to each and every one of you for supporting EastEnders for what is close to 30 years."

The award for male in a comedy went to Steve Coogan for 'Welcome To The Places Of My Life'.

'The Revolution Will Be Televised' was named the best comedy programme.

Olivia Colman won two Baftas: best supporting actress for 'Accused' and best female in a comedy for 'Twenty Twelve'.

Speaking backstage, Colman said she was "thinking there has been a mistake" after winning her second award.

She joked: "I'm a bit doomed now, I'm never going to work again," and said her appeal was down to people thinking she was "safe", saying: "I'm never going to take anyone's husband."

The award for reality and constructed factual show went to 'Made in Chelsea'.

One of its stars, Francis Boulle, said: "Who would have thought you would get a Bafta for being posh?"

The next gong was a special award to sports presenter Claire Balding, who hosted much of the Olympics coverage.

The tearful star said the games brought an "incredible positive energy, a feeling we could do anything, and we did".

Norton introduced the show with a series of gags about the spate of recent celebrity arrests, saying the show had to start before "any of our presenters or guests are unavoidably detained".

Damian Lewis was then joined by his 'Homeland' co-star David Harewood to present the evening's first award – for best drama series – to 'Last Tango in Halifax'.

The show, about a pair of pensioners who rekindle a romance late in life, beat off competition, including ITV cop show 'Scot and Bailey'.

One of its stars, Anne Reid, said it was the "most fantastic series to be a part of" and added: "I am so happy the BBC has decided to do love stories about people who are over 35 because some of us do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70."

The award for factual series went to BBC Three's 'Our War' which followed events on the frontline in Afghanistan, while 'This World' won the award for current affairs for its investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church, beating ITV's documentary about Jimmy Savile's sex crimes.

Irish Independent

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