TV Baftas 2014: Broadchurch is big winner but BBC misses out

May 19, 2014

Tearful Olivia Colman pays tribute to 'f*****g genius' of ITV show's creator Chris Chibnall

Broadchurch was the biggest winner at last night's Bafta TV Awards, winning best drama series, best leading actress for Olivia Colman and best support actor for David Bradley.

Colman (pictured below with co-star Jodie Whittaker) gave a tearful acceptance speech at London's Theatre Royal, paying tribute to the "f*****g genius" of the ITV show's creator Chris Chibnall and her co-star David Tennant. It was the actress's third Bafta in just two years.

Channel 4's Gogglebox, which films people watching television from their homes, was another winner, as was Sean Harris who won best leading actor for drama series Southcliffe, while Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade won awards for their roles in The IT Crowd.

It was a "bad night for the BBC", which lost out in a string of categories, says The Guardian. BBC One won two awards: Sarah Lancashire was named best supporting actress for her role in Last Tango in Halifax and the Radio Times Audience Award went to the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. BBC Three also won two awards, for supernatural drama In the Flesh and sitcom Him & Her: the Wedding. But BBC Two failed to win a single prize, with The Great British Bake-Off and The Fall missing out.

Julie Walters (pictured below) and presenter Cilla Black were honoured with special Baftas. Walters, who has starred in television shows such as Victoria Wood and Talking Heads and films including Educating Rita, the Harry Potter movies and Billy Elliot, told the audience: "When I told my mother that I wanted to be an actress back in 1969, she said, 'She'll be in the gutter before she's 20.' She was right, but what a gutter!"

Serena Davies in the Daily Telegraph says the Baftas "got it right" on Broadchurch, with Colman's award the "most richly deserved" of the three. "This befitted the serial that everyone seemed to be talking about last year; the one that we all cared about."

But Davies questions why zombie drama In the Flesh had won over The Great Train Robbery and The Fall, describing it as one of the "surprising wrong choices". 

Baftas 2014: the winners in full

Leading actress: Olivia Colman, Broadchurch, ITV

Leading actor: Sean Harris, Southcliffe, Channel 4

Supporting actress: Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango in Halifax, BBC One

Supporting actor: David Bradley, Broadchurch, ITV

Drama series: Broadchurch, ITV

Situation comedy: Him & Her: The Wedding, BBC Three

Reality and constructed factual: Gogglebox, Channel 4

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme: A League of their Own, Sky One

Female performance in a comedy: Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd

Male performance in a comedy: Richard Ayoade, The IT Crowd

Entertainment programme: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV

Entertainment performance: Ant and Dec, ITV

Sport and live event: The Ashes 2013, Sky Sports

Current affairs: Syria: Across The Lines (Dispatches), Channel 4

Mini-series: In The Flesh, BBC Three

Single documentary: The Murder Trial, Channel 4

News coverage: ITV News At Ten: Woolwich Attacks

Soap: Coronation Street, ITV

Specialist factual: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D, Sky 3D

International: Breaking Bad, Netflix

Single drama: Complicit, Channel 4

Factual series: Bedlam, Channel 4

Features: Long Lost Family, ITV

Radio Times Audience Award: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, BBC One

Bafta Fellowship: Julie Walters

Special Award: Cilla Black

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