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BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Killing Eve and Patrick Melrose among winners

Killing Eve

Story by Jack Foley

KILLING EVE and Patrick Melrose emerged as the big winners at the BAFTA TV Awards (2019), picking up five prizes between them.

Spy drama Killing Eve won best drama series, best actress for Jodie Comer and supporting actress for Fiona Shaw, while Patrick Melrose saw Benedict Cumberbatch win the prize for best actor and claim best mini-series.

Adapted from the acclaimed novels by Edward St Aubyn, Patrick Melrose aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK and saw Cumberbatch portraying a man grappling with the ghost of his abusive father.

Upon accepting his trophy, the British actor – who beat Hugh Grant to the prize – said: “It was extraordinary, it was a proper experience, [and] one I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

Of Killing Eve‘s two acting victors, Fiona Shaw landed her first ever prize. She described playing Carolyn Martens as “probably the greatest pleasure of my life”, before dedicating the award to first season writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her “glass-shattering genius and wayward imagination”.

Of the night’s other notable dramatic winners, Ben Whishaw scooped best supporting actor for his performance in A Very English Scandal, while HBO hit Succession took the prize for best international show.

In the comedy stakes, Jessica Hynes was recognised as best comedic performance for There She Goes, while Steve Pemberton took the male equivalent prize for Inside No9.

Sky One’s Sally4Ever took home the best scripted comedy award.

BBC Two’s Gun No.6 was named best documentary, while the channel also saw Louis Theroux’s Altered States claim best factual series.

And the BBC’s coverage of the World Cup game between England and Sweden (which ended in a penalty shoot-out) claim best sports coverage.

Another popular BBC ratings grabber, Jed Mercurio’s Sunday night sensation Bodyguard, picked up the Virgin Media Must-See Moment for the assassination of Keeley Hawes’ character, Julia Montague.

And there were two prizes for Ant and Dec, whose Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celebrity both got recognised: the former for best entertainment programme and the latter for reality TV.

Picking up the award for Britain’s Got Talent, Dec thanked those who “come along and audition”, quipping they equal the “importance of the hosts”. He added: “Without them there really is no show.”

This year’s ceremony took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday, May 12.

View the winners in full