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BAFTA Television Awards 2015: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries a big winner

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries

Story by Jack Foley

REAL-LIFE drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries emerged as one of the big winners at the BAFTA Television Awards, picking up two of the night’s top prizes.

Leading man Jason Watkins took home the coveted best actor prize ahead of Sherlock favourite Benedict Cumberbatch, while the drama – which told the true story of a former teacher who was wrongly accused of the murder of Joanna Yeates – was named best mini-series.

In other dramatic categories, newcomer Georgina Campbell won best actress for her portrayal of a 17-year-old victim of domestic abuse in Murdered by My Boyfriend.

Clearly stunned, Campbell was forced to admit that she had not written a speech, because she did not expect to win in a category that saw her nominated against Sheridan Smith, Keeley Hawes and Sarah Lancashire.

BBC Two’s Marvellous, which told the story of Neil Baldwin, a man with learning difficulties who became kit man with Stoke City Football Club, picked up the award for best single drama, while Gemma Jones, who played Baldwin’s mother, Mary, won best supporting actress.

The 72-year-old looked close to tears as she said: “I’d like to thank the real Neil [Baldwin] for allowing us to intrude on his extraordinary life.”

Other big winners on the night included BBC detective drama Sherlock, which won the Radio Times audience award, beating the likes of EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing, The Great British Bake Off and Game of Thrones, while BBC One’s Happy Valley won best drama.

Long-running ITV soap Coronation Street clinched best soap in the year it celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Producer Stuart Blackburn dedicated the award to “his friend and colleague” Anne Kirkbride, who died in January after 42 years playing Deidre Barlow, adding: “Sometimes people sneer at soaps, but we do some of the best moments on television.”

Ant and Dec picked up two prizes for the second year in a row: for best entertainment show and best entertainment performance for their ITV show Saturday Night Takeaway.

While comedy accolades for performance went to Matt Berry for Toast of London and Jessica Hynes for W1A.

Lifetime achievement awards were received by newscaster Jon Snow and screenwriter Jeff Pope, whose credits included Cilla and the feature film Philomena.

Charlie Brooker also led a celebration of television critic, broadcaster and poet Clive James.

The awards, hosted by Graham Norton, were held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, on Sunday, May 10, 2015. And Norton himself received a BAFTA of his own, for best comedy entertainment programme for his Friday night chat show.

After deadpanning “yay, me,” to the cameras, he went on to thank his long-serving production team, saying: “Most of us, I’m sure, have been in great big stinkers – turkeys so big they wouldn’t fit in a domestic oven. When you’re in a turkey, you never blame yourself. It was badly written, it was badly scheduled… Equally, it stands to reason if you’re in something good, it’s nothing to do with you either.”

Going into the ceremony, BBC 1 had led the field with 23 nominations. But the prizes were more evenly distributed among the UK’s broadcasters, with Channel 4 receiving the most awards – six in total – including best feature programme for Grand Designs, which beat The Great British Bake Off.

The winners and nominees in full

Leading actor
Jason Watkins – The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Toby Jones – Marvellous
James Nesbitt – The Missing

Leading actress
Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend
Keeley Hawes – Line of Duty
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley
Sheridan Smith – Cilla

Supporting actor
Stephen Rea – The Honourable Woman
Adeel Akhtar – Utopia
James Norton – Happy Valley
Ken Stott – The Missing

Supporting actress
Gemma Jones – Marvellous
Vicky McClure – Line of Duty
Amanda Redman – Tommy Cooper: Not like That, Like This
Charlotte Spencer – Glue

Entertainment performance
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice
Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing

Female performance in a comedy programme
Jessica Hynes – W1A
Olivia Colman – Rev
Tamsin Greig – Episodes
Catherine Tate – Catherine Tate’s Nan

Male performance in a comedy programme
Matt Berry – Toast of London
Hugh Bonneville – W1A
Tom Hollander – Rev
Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys – Christmas Special

Single drama
A Poet In New York
Murdered By My Boyfriend

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Our World War

Drama series
Happy Valley
Line of Duty
The Missing
Peaky Blinders

Soap and continuing drama
Coronation Street

True Detective
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Orange Is The New Black

Factual series
Life And Death Row
15,000 Kids and Counting
Educating The East End
Protecting Our Parents

Specialist factual
Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
David Attenborough’s Conquest Of The Skies 3D
The Great War: The People’s Story
Our Gay Wedding: The Musical

Single documentary
The Paedophile Hunter
Baby P: The Untold Story
Children Of Syria
The Miners Strike And Me

Grand Designs
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
The Great British Bake Off
Long Lost Family

Reality and constructed factual
The Island With Bear Grylls
The Apprentice
I’m A Celebrity‚Ķ GET ME OUT OF HERE!
The Undateables

Current affairs
Children On The Frontline (Dispatches)
Ebola Frontline (Panorama)
Inside Kenya’s Death Squads (Al Jazeera Investigates)
Terror At The Mall (This World)

News coverage
Sky News Live At Five: Ebola
BBC News At Ten
Channel 4 News – Inside Gaza: Children Under Fire
ITV News At Ten: Iraq Crisis

Sport and live event
WW1 Remembered: From The Battlefield and Westminster Abbey
2014 FA Cup Semi-final Hull vs. Sheffield United
Monty Python (Mostly) Live: One Down, Five To Go
Tour De France 2014, Stage 1

Entertainment programme
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Dynamo: Magician Impossible
Strictly Come Dancing
The Voice

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme
The Graham Norton Show
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Would I Lie To You

Situation comedy
Harry & Paul’s Story Of The Twos
Moone Boy
The Wrong Mans

Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public)
Game of Thrones
The Great British Bake Off
The Missing
Strictly Come Dancing

Jon Snow

Special award
Jeff Pope