BBC sweeps BAFTAs with 10 nods; ‘Friends’ scores

Daniella Nardini is best actress for BBC drama 'This Life'

LONDON — The U.K.’s television glitterati gathered for the BAFTA TV awards Monday night, the first time the British television nods have been separate from the BAFTA film awards.

BBC programs took the lion’s share of BAFTAs, winning 10 of the top 16 awards (non-craft). “Friends,” which airs on Channel 4 in Britain, won for international show.

Best actress went to Daniella Nardini for her role in the BBC drama “This Life,” and best actor went to Simon Russell-Beale in C4’s “A Dance to the Music of Time.”

Comedian Paul Whitehouse took best light entertainment performance for his roles in the BBC skit series “The Fast Show.” The comedian nod went to Steve Coogan, star of the Beeb’s “I’m Alan Partridge.”

Both “The Fast Show” and “I’m Alan Partridge” took one other BAFTA, respectively, best light entertainment series and comedy series.

The BBC also dominated the drama categories, winning drama series for “Johnathan Creek” and drama serial for “Holding On.” The ITV network got the single drama nod for “No Child of Mine.”

The awards will be broadcast on ITV tonight. The following is a list of BAFTA television winners in non-craft categories.

ACTRESS

Daniella Nardini, “This Life” (BBC)

ACTOR

Simon Russell-Beale, “A Dance to the Music of Time” (C4)

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

Paul Whitehouse, “The Fast Show” (BBC)

COMEDY PERFORMANCE

Steve Coogan, “I’m Alan Partridge” (BBC)

SINGLE DRAMA

“No Child of Mine,” producers: Peter Kosminsky, Guy Hibbert (ITV)

DRAMA SERIES

“Johnathan Creek,” producers: Susan Belbin, David Renwick (BBC)

DRAMA SERIAL

“Holding On,” producers: David Snodin, Adrian Shergold, Tony Marchant (BBC)

FACTUAL SERIES

“The Nazis — A Warning From History” producer: Lawrence Rees (BBC)

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

“The Fast Show” producers: Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Mark Mylod (BBC)

COMEDY

“I’m Alan Partridge” producers: Armando Iannucci, Dominic Brigstocke (BBC)

ARTS

“Gilbert & George” (episode of “The South Bank Show”) producer: Gerald Fox (ITV)

DOCUMENTARY

“The Grave” (episode of “True Stories”) producer: Belinda Giles (BBC)

SPORTS

“Rugby Union” (SKY Television)

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

“Valentina’s Story” (episode of “Panorama”) (BBC)

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

“Friends” (C4)

LEW GRADE AUDIENCE AWARD

“A Touch of Frost” (ITV)

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