Drama wins top international show prize
LONDON — “Mad Men” added another trophy to its growing tally, winning top international show over “The Wire,” “Dexter” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” at the BAFTA TV awards Sunday at London Royal Festival Hall.
Kenneth Branagh nabbed his first BAFTA TV prize — for producing the critically feted BBC police series “Wallander,” in which he played the eponymous Swedish police detective. “Wallander” triumphed against “Doctor Who,” blue-collar drama “Shameless” and spy saga “Spooks” in the continuing drama category.
It was a clean sweep for the BBC in the drama prizes. “Criminal Justice,” which exposed flaws in the British justice system, took the serial kudos, while the single drama prize went to “White Girl,” an exploration of cultural identity in a U.K. Asian community.
The entertainment prize was claimed by talent skein “The X Factor,” in one of five victories for cash-strapped U.K. web ITV.
The flailing terrestrial giant was an especially noteworthy winner in the soap category, scoring for the first time with London police show “The Bill.” Ironically, ITV recently cut the “The Bill’s” number of episodes by almost half to save coin.
David Attenborough was a winner for the third time in 48 years, scooping the specialty factual prize for his docu series about reptiles, “Life in Cold Blood.”
Stephen Dillane received his first BAFTA in the actor category for his portrayal of a grieving father fighting for justice in Channel 4’s “The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.”
Actress Anna Maxwell Martin, a winner four years ago, won once again in this category, this time for her role as mental-health patient in Channel 4’s “Poppy Shakespeare.”
British comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders were awarded a BAFTA fellowship by Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
Jane Tranter, now co-running BBC Worldwide’s studio in Los Angeles, was presented a special award by David Tennant.