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BAFTA TV Awards 2017: Happy Valley and Damilola, Our Loved Boy triumph

Happy Valley

Story by Jack Foley

BBC police drama Happy Valley (pictured) and real-life drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy have emerged as the big winners at this year’s BAFTA Television Awards, winning two prizes each.

The former was crowned best drama, with leading lady Sarah Lancashire taking the coveted award of leading actress ahead of hotly-tipped favourite Claire Foy (for The Crown).

While Damilola, Our Loved Boy saw Wunmi Mosaku named best supporting actress, with the show itself winning best single drama. The feature-length show told the story of Damilola Taylor, who died aged 10 in London. It also starred Babou Ceesay and Sammy Kamara (as Damilola).

In picking up her prize, popular winner Lancashire paid tribute to her co-stars and Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, who she describes as “extraordinary”, whilst comically thanking God that she couldn’t also act!

Mosaku, meanwhile, claimed her trophy for playing Gloria Taylor, the mother of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor. She said: “I want to thank the Taylors for your courage and honesty. I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of Damilola and his mother, Gloria.”

Another of the night’s big winners was Adeel Akhtar, who triumphed ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch in the leading actor category for his performance in Murdered By My Father. The one-off drama told the story of an honour killing.

Tom Hollander was named best supporting actor for BBC spy drama The Night Manager. The popular actor played Hugh Laurie’s menacing henchman Corky – but was the only nominee for the ratings hit.

He commented: “Thank you very much, this was a really fun job and a great part and it was a lovely team of people. To be given this at the end of it is a very, very lovely feeling so thanks all the people who voted for me.”

In the soap and continuing drama category, Emmerdale beat off competition from stalwarts EastEnders and Coronation Street – pulling off another of the night’s surprises.

But there were no prizes for being able to guess the recipients of best Entertainment programme… with Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway picking up yet another trophy to add to the duo’s haul.

The Must See Moment was awarded to Planet Earth II for its amazing Snakes vs Iguana Chase. The wildlife documentary picked up a second prize for specialist factual.

The winners and nominees in full (winners appear in bold)

Leading actress
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley
Nikki Amuka-Bird – NW
Jodie Comer – Thirteen
Claire Foy – The Crown

Leading actor
Adeel Akhtar – Murdered By My Father
Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy
Robbie Coltrane – National Treasure
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Damilola, Our Loved Boy

Supporting actress
Wunmi Mosaku – Damilola, Our Loved Boy
Nicola Walker – Last Tango in Halifax
Siobhan Finneran – Happy Valley
Vanessa Kirby – The Crown

Supporting actor
Tom Hollander – The Night Manager
Daniel Mays – Line of Duty
Jared Harris – The Crown
John Lithgow – The Crown

Entertainment performance
Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
Adam Hills – The Last Leg
Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

Male performance in a comedy programme
Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle
Asim Chaudhry – People Just Do Nothing
David Mitchell – Upstart Crow
Harry Enfield – The Windsors

Female performance in a comedy programme
Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag
Diane Morgan – Cunk on Shakespeare
Lesley Manville – Mum
Olivia Colman – Fleabag

Drama series
Happy Valley
The Crown
The Durrells
War & Peace

Single drama
Damilola: Our Loved Boy
Aberfan: The Green Hollow
Murdered By My Father

National Treasure
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses
The Secret
The Witness for the Prosecution

Soap and continuing drama

The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
The Night Of
Stranger Things

Entertainment programme
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Britain’s Got Talent
Michael McIntyre’s Big Show
Strictly Come Dancing

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme
Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe
Cunk on Shakespeare
The Last Leg

Scripted comedy
People Just Do Nothing

Winner: Who Do You Think You Are?
The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs
The Great British Bake Off (pictured)
Travel Man: 48 Hours In…

Must See Moment
Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase
Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama
Line of Duty: Urgent Exit Required
Strictly Come Dancing: Ed Balls’ Gangnam Style
Who Do You Think You Are?: Danny Dyer’s Origins

Current affairs
Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed (Panorama)
Inside Obama’s White House (pictured)
Three Days of Terror – The Charlie Hebdo Attacks (This World)
Unarmed Black Male (This World)

Single documentary
Behind Closed Doors
How to Die: Simon’s Choice

Factual series
Exodus: Our Journey to Europe
24 Hours in Police Custody
Kids on the Edge
The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment

Reality and constructed factual
Muslims Like Us
First Dates
The Real Marigold Hotel
The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds

Specialist factual
Planet Earth II
Alan Bennett’s Diaries
Attenborough’s Life That Glows
Grayson Perry All Man

News coverage
Victoria Derbyshire – BBC News
Channel 4 News: Brexit – Day One
BBC North West Tonight: Hillsborough Inquests
Sky News Tonight – Aleppo: Death of a City

The Open Production Team – Sky Sports/European Tour Productions/Sky Sports 1
RIO 2016 Olympics – BBC Sport/BBC One
RIO 2016 Paralympics Production Team – Sunset+Vine/Channel 4
Six Nations: England v Wales – ITV Sport/ITV

Live event
The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration
The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC
Stand Up to Cancer