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In Pictures: BAFTA winners announced at socially-distanced ceremony

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones arrive for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones arrive for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones arrive for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The first socially-distanced Bafta TV Awards have kicked off in London.

Mo Gilligan has won the award for best entertainment performance for The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan, the first gong of the night.

Naomi Ackie secured best supporting actress for her turn in Channel 4’s The End Of The F***ing World, accepting the prize over video call.

She dedicated the win to her father and late mother, saying: “I love my dad and he has been so supportive … and I know my mum up in the clouds would be so happy.”

She added: “This makes lockdown so much better.”

Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One won the gong for entertainment programme, the second time the show has won the award.

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas thanked the celebrities who she said “throw themselves into the world of Strictly”.

Her fellow judge Bruno Tonioli added: “The biggest thank you goes to all of you, our viewers, without you we would not be here and we hope to keep you entertained and happy for many years to come.”

Maynooth's Paul Mescal and his Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones were one of the first few arrivals for this year's Bafta Awards.

The stars, who play Connell and Marianne in the smash hit show, arrived at the awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the ceremony is being held behind closed doors with all nominees participating over video call.

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Paul Mescal arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Paul Mescal arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Paul Mescal arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

However, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal have now reunited and joined host Richard Ayoade in the studio as guest presenters.

Actors Adrian Lester, Himesh Patel and Joe Cole, actress Michelle Keegan, presenters Maya Jama and Stacey Dooley and comedian Greg Davies will also be on hand.

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Paul Mescal and daisy Edgar-Jones measure out 1 metre of safe social distance as they pose for photographers at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the ceremony is being held behind closed doors with all nominees participating over video call. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Paul Mescal and daisy Edgar-Jones measure out 1 metre of safe social distance as they pose for photographers at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the ceremony is being held behind closed doors with all nominees participating over video call. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Paul Mescal and daisy Edgar-Jones measure out 1 metre of safe social distance as they pose for photographers at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the ceremony is being held behind closed doors with all nominees participating over video call. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ayoade will be joined online by Billy Porter, Chris O'Dowd, David Tennant, Jeff Goldblum, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Michael Sheen and Ruth Madeley, all presenting via video-link.

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Paul Mescal arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Paul Mescal arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Paul Mescal arrives for the Virgin Media BAFTA TV awards at the TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire


Sky drama Chernobyl and Netflix’s royal saga The Crown are among the hit dramas leading the way at this year’s TV Baftas.

Both have secured three nominations each for the main awards.

Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin performed a satirical song written for the ceremony via video link, about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the film, TV and theatre industries.

Glenda Jackson, who is nominated for best actress in Elizabeth Is Missing, spoke of how the show’s depiction of dementia had increased relevance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “It’s always a surprise, a pleasant surprise (to be nominated). The real thing about Elizabeth Is Missing is that it is such a wonderful book and and the script is great.

“It’s just such a privilege to appear in it because what it deals with is being suffered by an increasing number of people because, despite the Covid pandemic, we are living longer.

“How do we deal with these kinds of illnesses that have accompanied us on our longer road?”

Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer appeared on the Bafta TV Awards pre-show, hosted by comedian Tom Allen.

Graham recalled telling Comer not to lose her Liverpudlian accent when they worked together on the 2012 police procedural series Good Cop.

Comer said: “I always had this thing in my head that I needed to or that I would be taken more seriously if I did. And Stephen was like: ‘Are you kidding? Never, ever do that’.

“I was so glad that you reminded me because he is so authentic in himself. And to see someone from Liverpool doing what they are doing was so inspiring.”

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