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BAFTA TV Awards 2018: Peaky Blinders, Three Girls and Blue Planet II among winners

Peaky Blinders

Story by Jack Foley

GANGSTER drama Peaky Blinders, Three Girls (based on the Rochdale abuse scandal) and nature documentary Blue Planet II were among the winners at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards (2018).

Peaky Blinders was among the night’s bigger surprises for the way in which it beat shows like Line of Duty and Netflix drama The Crown to the coveted prize for best drama series.

The series, which is now in its fourth season, had never won a BAFTA TV Award before and had just one nomination going into the ceremony, compared with Line of Duty‘s four.

Its victory prompted creator Steven Knight to say that the win meant “a lot to all of the team”. Although he did express his disappointment that its stars, Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson, hadn’t even been nominated.

“Soon, maybe, they will be here as well because I think they deserve to be,” he said.

Line of Duty, which had led the nominations this year, ended up empty-handed.

Three Girls, the acclaimed drama based on the Rochdale abuse scandal, won two prizes: best mini-series and best actress for Molly Windsor.

She told the ceremony: “Three Girls was born out of the courage of the real three girls, and the real Holly, Amber and Ruby who told their story over and over and over and told it again to us. I just want to say thank you for recognising how selfless that is and how brave that is.”

The show was one of a string of dramas inspired by real-life crimes to be honoured.

Another, Murdered For Being Different, about the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007, was named best single drama.

While ITV’s docu-drama Little Boy Blue saw Brian F O’Byrne, who played the father of murdered Rhys Jones, named best supporting actor.

He dedicated the award to Rhys, who was 11 when he was shot dead in Liverpool in 2007, saying: “It’s kind of difficult to get an award to play somebody who is living and who is at home tonight, like the last 10 years, suffering grief for the loss of their child.”

Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II picked up the award for Must See Moment, the only award voted for by viewers. The moment in question was for the scene showing a mother pilot whale refusing to let go of her dead calf.

Sir David, who collected the trophy in person, told viewers: “We set out to try and show the seas, the oceans, for what they are – their beauty, their wonder, their splendour, their intricacy. But also the truth about what we’re doing to them. The fact that that one particular moment rang a bell in the minds and consciences of people throughout this country is something that pleases all of us more than I can say.”

Another of the night’s multiple award winners was BBC Three mockumentary This Country, which picked up two awards: for best scripted comedy and best female performance in a comedy programme for Daisy May Cooper.

The Crown won one award, for Vanessa Kirby as best supporting actress.

While Sean Bean was named best leading actor for his portrayal of a troubled priest in acclaimed drama Broken.

Other prizes on the night went to Love Island, which won its first ever BAFTA for best reality show; Casualty, which scooped its first BAFTA for 11 years, for best soap or continuing drama, and Britain’s Got Talent, which won the entertainment programme prize.

The ceremony, held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, May 13, was hosted by Sue Perkins, who delivered an opening monologue that put a focus on politics, gender equality and revelations about sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.

And in a sustained show of support for both the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, many of the guests wore badges on the red carpet.

View the winners in full