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BAFTA TV Awards 2011: Sherlock and Misfits among winners

Sherlock

Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC’s contemporary revival of Sherlock Holmes, known simply as Sherlock, has taken two awards at the BAFTA TV Awards.

The series took the coveted best drama prize, while Martin Freeman took the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Holmes’ sidekick, Watson.

Freeman beat a talented field to the trophy, including pre-awards favourite Brendan Coyle (Bates in Downton Abbey).

However, his leading man, Benedict Cumberbatch, missed out on making it a hat-trick of prizes for Sherlock when he was beaten to the best actor trophy by Daniel Rigby, for Eric and Ernie.

E4 show Misfits, which had led the field going into the ceremony with four nominations, landed a win for Lauren Socha as best supporting actress.

While Channel 4 mini-series Any Human Heart was named best serial ahead of Channel 4’s The Promise, BBC2’s The Sinking of the Laconia and Sky1’s Mad Dogs.

Vicky McClure completed a memorable night for Channel 4, meanwhile, when she took the coveted Leading Actress BAFTA for her performance in Shane Meadows’ series This Is England ’86.

But in what proved to be a good night for the BBC in general, EastEnders was named best continuing drama ahead of fierce rival Coronation Street, which had marked its 50th anniversary with a hard-hitting tram crash storyline.

Steve Coogan won best male comic performance for his performance in BBC comedy The Trip, while BBC2 hit Harry and Paul was named best comedy programme.

The BBC also triumphed in the best factual series category, winning for Welcome to Lagos, while its Between Life and Death took the award for best single documentary.

And BBC4’s Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children won the Current Affairs trophy.

The broadcaster also took the Sport trophy for its coverage of The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

ITV News at Ten did, however, win one of the coveted prizes when it scooped the best news coverage for its work on The Cumbria Murders.

There were also prizes for the evening’s host, Graham Norton, who took the best entertainment performance for his chat show.

And Jo Brand took the best female comic performance for her role in hospital sitcom Getting On – one of the night’s early surprises given that Miranda Hart had gone into the ceremony as favourite.

The Audience Award, chosen by the public and sponsored by YouTube, was won by ITV2 reality show The Only Way Is Essex, which had started the evening as the butt of several jokes from host Graham Norton.

The evening was rounded off with the presentation of a BAFTA Fellowship to veteran newscaster Sir Trevor McDonald for his “outstanding and exceptional contribution” to the medium.

View the winners at a glance