ITV2’s trashy fly-on-the-wall documentary The Only Way Is Essex beat Downton Abbey to scoop a BAFTA gong last night, granted it was only the YouTube Audience Award, voted by viewers, so doesn’t count for much. Even so the raucous, Tangoed cast members appearance onstage didn’t seem to impress many of the assembled stars who remained stony faced as they accepted their award. Snobs.
To no-one’s great surprise the brilliant Sherlock took home two Bartas: one for best drama series and best supporting actor for Martin Freeman who plays Watson. However hot favourite Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the legendary detective, missed out on Best Actor which was nabbed by Daniel Rigby who played Eric Morecambe in Eric And Ernie.
Other big Bafta winners included Any Human Heart named best drama serial, Vicky McClure who won Leading Actress for This Is England ’86, Lauren who Socha took home best supporting actress prize for her role in E4’s Misfits, and Bafta presenter Graeme Norton hmself who won best entertainment performance for his own chat show.
Oh and Eastenders took home the gong for Continuing Drama yet again.
Iconic newsreader Sr Trevor McDonald meanwhlle accepted the Bafta Fellowship with a gracious speech sayng: “This represents the solid good fortune of a lifetime’s work but also work that has involved a number of people,” he said. “I had the great, great privilege to work with the finest producers, editors, writers and technical crews in our industry.”
Full List Of Winners
Leading Actor: Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie)
Leading Actress: Vicky McClure (This Is England ’86)
Supporting Actor: Martin Freeman (Sherlock)
Supporting Actress: Lauren Socha (Misfits)
Entertainment Performance: Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme: Jo Brand (Getting On)
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme: Steve Coogan (The Trip)
Drama Series: Sherlock
Continuing Drama: EastEnders
Entertainment Programme: The Cube
Comedy Programme: Harry and Paul
Situation Comedy: Rev
International: The Killing
Current Affairs: Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children
Sport: Formula 1 (BBC One)
Others: David Attenborough / Specialist Factual / Flying Monsters 3D