BBC dominates with 16 awards
LONDON — Scandinavian crime saga “The Killing” triumphed against three high-profile U.S. shows including multi-award winner “Mad Men” to win the BAFTA TV international prize.
The other two shows beaten by the drama, produced by DR/ZDF Enterprises, shown in the U.K. by upscale BBC web BBC4 , were HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Fox’s “Glee.”
Overall, it was an outstanding night for the BBC. The pubcaster won a total of 16 prizes including drama series, won by “Sherlock,” sitcom, won by “Rev,” and continuing drama, won by seasoned blue-collar soap “EastEnders.”
Rival webs ITV1 and Channel 4 only managed to win two and three awards respectively, while BSkyB scooped the specialist factual docu prize for “Flying Monsters 3D,” written and presented by natural history icon David Attenborough.
Two rising stars won the key performance awards.
Daniel Rigby triumphed as leading actor for his role as British comic Eric Morecambe in the BBC4 biopic “Eric and Ernie.”
The leading actress award went to Vicky McClure for playing Lol in Shane Meadows’ Channel 4 drama “This Is England ’86.”
British thesp Martin Freeman won the supporting actor prize for his role as Doctor Watson in “Sherlock,” while Lauren Socha won the supporting actress award for her part in E4’s “Misfits,” last year’s drama series winner.
The Charles Sturridge-helmed “The Road To Coronation Street,” made by ITV Studios but commissioned by BBC4, was the victor in the single drama category, while Channel 4’s adaptation of William Boyd’s “Any Human Heart” was voted best drama serial.
Not for the first time, ITV’s period drama “Downton Abbey,” a huge ratings winner when it was broadcast in the U.K. last fall, failed to win a single prize.
British comedienne Jo Brand was announced winner of the female performance in a comedy program for BBC4 black comedy “Getting On.”
The male performance in a comedy program was awarded to Steve Coogan for “The Trip,” shown by BBC2 and directed by Michael Winterbottom.
ITV’s “The Cube, produced by Objective, won the entertainment prize beating “The X Factor.”
A record number of public votes were received for this year’s audience award, won by reconstructed reality show “The Only Way Is Essex,” made by Lime and shown on ITV 2.
The show beat “Big Fat Gypsy Weddings,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Killing,” “Miranda” and “Sherlock.”
The host of the ceremony, held at London’s Grosvenor House hotel, Graham Norton won the award for best entertainment performance.