C4 reaps 10 BAFTA nods

Beeb manages 6, Dench and Gambon take thesp awards

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LONDON — The BBC’s traditional victory celebrations at the BAFTA television awards were muted Sunday night when rival Channel 4 soundly beat the pubcaster.

In a clean sweep the niche broadcaster collected 10 awards, compared with a meager six for the Beeb, whose programs normally dominate the BAFTA gong fest.

C4, badly in need of a boost amid declining ratings, walked away with prizes for best comedy program or series, documentary, sitcom, entertainment program, drama serial, news and current affairs program. In addition, it collected kudos for specialist program and best comedy performance.

The web’s satirical talkshow, “Da Ali G Show,” triumphed in two categories — comedy programme and comedy performance — while reality show “Big Brother,” a huge hit for C4 last summer, won the innovation prize.

The night was especially embarrassing for the BBC, which failed to win prizes in all the key categories with the exception of drama series and single drama, won respectively by the gritty blue-collar series “Clocking Off” and “Care”

The Beeb was beaten by commercial net ITV in the soap opera category — one of the biggest upsets of the nights as “Emmerdale” beat highly regarded BBC1 soap “EastEnders.”

Judi Dench, star of the BBC drama “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells,” took the best actress nod. But Michael Gambon won best actor for his role in “Longitude,” a C4 miniseries.

And the winners are…

Best Soap
Emmerdale (ITV)

Best Sport Program
Sydney Olympics 2000 (BBC1/2)

Special Award
Patrick Moore

Factual Series
Britain at War in Colour (ITV)

Comedy Program or Series
Da Ali G Show (Channel 4)

Best Documentary
True Stories ? 100% White (Channel 4)

Best Drama Series
Clocking Off (BBC1)

Best Single Drama
Care (BBC 1)

Best Sitcom
Black Books (Channel 4)

Lew Grade Audience Award
Inspector Morse (ITV)

Best Entertainment Program or Series
So Graham Norton (Channel 4)

Best News and Current Affairs Journalism
Out of Africa (Channel 4)

Huw Wheldon Award for Specialized Program or Series
Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs (Channel 4).

Special Awards
Coronation Street (ITV)

Innovation Award
Big Brother (Channel 4).

Dennis Potter Writer’s Award
Lynda La Plante

Entertainment Performance
Graham Norton (Channel 4)

Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Presenter
Louis Theroux (BBC2).

Best Features
The Naked Chef (BBC2)

Best Drama Serial
Longitude (Channel 4).

Best Comedy Performance
Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show, Channel 4).

Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Personal Contribution to TV
Ruth Caleb

Best Actor
Sir Michael Gambon (Longtitude, Channel 4).

Best Actress
Dame Judi Dench (Last of the Blonde Bombshells, BBC1)

Bafta Fellowship
John Thaw