'Family' shows royalty
LONDON — Cultish BBC sitcom “The Royle Family” was the only show to cop more than one trophy at the BAFTA TV awards Sunday night, in an event otherwise dominated by long-established tube talent.The Royles, Britain’s best-loved couch potatoes, took statuettes for best sitcom and for actress Caroline Aherne — helping the Beeb toward a tally of 13 of the 20 competitive awards. Thora Hird won actress honors for the ITV-produced “Lost for Words” and Michael Gambon took home the actor prize for the BBC’s “Wives & Daughters,” while veteran newsmen David Jeremy Paxman and John Simpson also took trophies. Notable winners included “Warriors,” about Brit peacekeepers in Bosnia, for drama; “The League of Gentleman,” a former Golden Rose winner at Montreux, for comedy series; and “Walking with Dinosaurs,” the popular BBC-Discovery Channel co-prod, which took the innovation award. The full list of winners: Best Actress: Thora Hird, “Lost for Words,” ITV. Best Actor: Michael Gambon, “Wives & Daughters,” BBC1. Entertainment Performance: Graham Norton, “So Graham Norton,” Channel 4. Comedy Performance: Caroline Aherne, “The Royle Family,” BBC1. News Presenter: Jeremy Paxman, “Newsnight,” BBC2. Single Drama: “The Murder of Stephen Lawrence,” ITV. Drama Series: “The Cops,” BBC2. Drama Serial: “Warriors,” BBC1. Soap: “Eastenders,” BBC1. Factual Series: “The Mayfair Set,” BBC2. Documentary: “Divorce Iranian Style,” Channel 4. Journalism: John Simpson & team, Coverage of the Kosovo conflict, BBC1. Innovation: “Walking with Dinosaurs,” BBC1. Entertainment Program: “Robbie the Reindeer,” BBC1. Sitcom: “The Royle Family,” BBC1. Comedy Series: “The League of Gentlemen,” BBC2. Lew Grade Audience Award: “A Touch of Frost,” ITV. Feature: “Blood on the Carpet,” BBC2. Arts: “This is Modern Art,” Channel 4. Sport: “Test Cricket,” Channel 4.
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