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Winners: Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards in 2019

  • ‘Killing Eve’ wins three BAFTAs
  • ‘Patrick Melrose’ wins two BAFTAs
  • Benedict Cumberbatch wins leading Actor
  • Jodie Comer wins leading Actress
  • Fellowship presented to Joan Bakewell
  • Nicola Shindler receives Special Award
Killing Eve wins three BAFTas

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is one of my favourite night in the TV calendar. It celebrates the very best programmes and performances of 2018.

The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Presenters included Andrew Scott, Billy Monger, Bradley & Barney Walsh, Danny Dyer, David Schwimmer, Julia Stiles, Kelsey Grammer & Sir Lenny Henry.

Killing Eve wins three BAFTas

Killing Eve win three BAFTAs

Killing Eve, the spy-action thriller, won three BAFTAs. For Drama SeriesLeading Actress for Jodie Comer and Supporting Actress for Fiona Shaw. It has to be one of the most incredible series on TV. We all can’t wait for the next which is due to air in the UK this year.

Patrick Melrose, based on Edward St Aubyn’s semi-autobiographical novels, received the BAFTA for Mini-Series. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the titular character, won the first BAFTA of his career for Leading Actor.

Ben Whishaw won the BAFTA for Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Norman Scott, in the drama series A Very English Scandal.

In Male Performance in a Comedy ProgrammeSteve Pemberton won the BAFTA for Inside No. 9. Jessica Hynes took home the BAFTA for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for There She Goes. The BAFTA for Scripted Comedy was won by Sally4Ever.

The BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Britain’s Got Talent for the second year running. A League of Their Own received the award for Comedy Entertainment ProgrammeLee Mack won his first BAFTA, in the Entertainment Performance category for Would I Lie To You?

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed FactualWho Do You Think You Are? won in the Features category. Missed Call won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.

In the International category, the BAFTA was awarded to Succession, the US satirical drama.

EastEnders was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama. 

Killed By My Debt wins Single Drama

Killed By My Debt won the BAFTA for Single Drama. An incredibly moving Docudrama about 19-year-old Jerome Rogers. Who found himself under crushing debt and who eventually took his own life as a consequence. Jerome’s family went on stage to accept the award. Thanking everyone for bringing this story to the nation’s attention to educate others who may also be suffering.

News Coverage was awarded to Channel 4 News’ Cambridge Analytica Uncovered. The award for Current Affairs was presented to Myanmar’s Killing Fields (Dispatches).

Louis Theroux’s Altered States received the BAFTA for Factual SeriesGun No. 6 won Single Documentary and Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley won Specialist Factual.

2018 World Cup Quarter Final: England v Sweden triumphed in the Sport category. While the award for Live Event was presented to The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

Special Award: Nicola Shindler

The Special Award was presented to Nicola Shindler in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the television industry. In 1998 Nicola founded Red Production Company. Responsible for producing some of the most talked-about series over the past few decades. Including Clocking Off, Happy Valley, the Emmy Award-winning Queer as Folk and most recently Trust Me for BBC One, starring Jodie Whittaker.

The Fellowship – the highest accolade the Academy bestows – was presented to Joan Bakewell in recognition of an illustrious career that spans over 50 years. Joan Bakewell has presented some of the UK’s most enduring factual programming, including Late Night Line-Up (1965-72) and Heart of the Matter (1988 – 2000). She also wrote and presented the BBC four-part series Taboo. A personal exploration of the concepts of taste, decency, and censorship. Currently, Joan can be seen presenting Portrait Artist of the Year for Sky Arts.

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was won by Bodyguard.

Red carpet highlights, backstage interviews with the winners, clips of the nominated programmes and all the latest images from the night’s events are available at www.bafta.org/television.