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BAFTA TV Awards 2012: Appropriate Adult emerges as big winner

Appropriate Adult

Story by Jack Foley

FRED West drama Appropriate Adult has emerged as one of the big winners at the 2012 Bafta TV Awards, picking up acting trophies for its leading duo, Dominic West and Emily Watson.

West played serial killer Fred West in the ITV drama, while Watson played his volunteer companion, Janet Leach.

She told the BBC after receiving her award: “It was such a disturbing place to go. In my speech I was very overwhelmed I forgot to thank Janet Leach, she gave very generously to us. The public perception of the West case is a tabloid-driven view and then I read the script and it was a very intelligent piece full of integrity.”

West, meanwhile, said: “I hope she has had some closure and we have honoured the suffering she endured and the suffering of all the West’s victims, living and dead.”

Appropriate Adult was also recognised with a third award for Monica Dolan, who took best supporting actress for her portrayal of Rosemary West ahead of the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, who was hotly tipped for her role in Downton Abbey.

But it lost out in the best mini-series category to This is England ’88, Shane Meadows’ second TV outing with the original cast of his film This Is England.

In other main awards, Andrew Scott was crowned best supporting actor for his portrayal of master villain Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock, ironically beating last year’s recipient, Martin Freeman, in the process.

And Coronation Street triumphed in the annual battle of the soaps, pipping last year’s winner EastEnders.

The audience award category, as voted for by members of the public, saw Celebrity Juice prevail, while new category, reality and constructed factual, was won by The Young Apprentice.

Danish thriller Borgen took best international TV show, beating fellow Dane contender The Killing [for second season], as well as US hit show Modern Family and Australian drama The Slap.

In the awards for comedy, Mrs Brown’s Boys took best situation comedy, Jennifer Saunders was named best female in a comedy performance for her role in Absolutely Fabulous and Darren Boyd picked up the best male comedy accolade for his performance in Spy, which marked one of Sky1’s major triumphs.

There were also special awards presented to Rolf Harris and Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat, the former of who was recognised a Bafta fellowship for his “outstanding and exceptional contribution to television”, while the latter received a special Bafta for “outstanding creative writing contribution to television”.

Irish comedian Dara O’Briain hosted this year’s ceremony, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

View the main winners at a glance