London– Dominic West’s portrayal of British serial killer Fred West in the ITV drama “Appropriate Adult” scooped the best actor prize at the BAFTA TV awards, held May 27.
“Appropriate Adult” won in three performance categories, winning the best actress (Emily Watson) and supporting actress (Monica Dolan) awards.
West and Dolan played Fred and Rose West in “Appropriate Adult”, while Watson played an ordinary mother whose life is transformed when she volunteers to help the prosecution’s case in the investigation of Fred West, charged with 12 murders in the U.K. in the 1970s.
But “Appropriate Adult” failed to win the mini series prize, which was won by Channel 4’s “This Is England 88” helmed by Shane Meadows.
Despite the strong showing for “Appropriate Adult,” made in house for ITV, the U.K. free to air web overall won just four awards, compared with 14 for the BBC, traditionally a big winner at BAFTA, five for Channel 4 and one for satcaster BSkyB.
Supporting actor went to Andrew Scott for his perf as Moriarty in “Sherlock,” produced by Hartswood.
In the international category Scandi political saga “Bergen” saw off “Modern Family” and the second season of DR drama “The Killing.”
British screenwriter Steven Moffat, co-creator of “Sherlock,” whose credits also include “Doctor Who,” won the academy’s special award.
Best drama series went to BBC horror skein, “The Fades,” triumphing against the final season of spy skein “Spooks”.
Two of British TV’s most popular dramas “Downton Abbey” and “Call The Midwife” both failed to score at BAFTA.
Sky won the male performance in a comedy awards for Darren Boyd, who starred in “Spy.”
One of the night’s most popular winners was seasoned thesp Jennifer Saunders who received the female performance in a comedy program for reprising her role as Edina in sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous.”
“The Great British Bake Off,” a big hit for BBC2 last fall, won in the features category.