BBC buoyed by HBO

'Conspiracy,' 'Storm' score BAFTA TV wins

See winnersLONDON — HBO helped the BBC to two big wins at the BAFTA TV Awards, Blighty’s most prestigious small-screen honors, presented Sunday evening in London.

Albert Finney scooped actor honors for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “The Gathering Storm,” an HBO, BBC and Scott Free co-production. HBO-BBC Nazi war drama “Conspiracy,” starring Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci, won in the single drama category.

The pubcaster scooped eight of the 20 awards, winning across drama, comedy, entertainment and sport.

It cornered the honors for comedy performance and sitcom, both won by Ricky Gervais for cult spoof fly-on-the-wall docu “The Office.”

But for the second year running, the Beeb lost to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.-backed satcaster Sky News, which won the news coverage gong for its reporting of a U.K. child-abduction case last summer.

ITV’s veteran blue-collar soap “Coronation Street,” back on form after years in the doldrums scooped best soap, beating the BBC’s flagship “East Enders.”

Granada’s reality format “I’m a Celebrity — Get Me Out of Here!,” aired by ITV in Blighty, won the entertainment program/series category.

Actress trophy went to Julie Walters for her perf as a grief-stricken mother in “Murder,” a BBC single drama.

And the winners are . . .

Actor
Albert Finney, “The Gathering Storm,” BBC2,

Actress
Julie Walters, “Murder,” BBC2

Entertainment performance
Paul Merton, “Have I Got News for You,” BBC1

Comedy performance
Ricky Gervais, “The Office,” BBC2

Single drama
“Conspiracy,” BBC2

Drama series
“Spooks,” BBC1

Drama serial
“Shackleton,” Channel 4

Soap
“Coronation Street,” ITV1

Huw Wheldon award for factual series or strand
“The Trust,” Channel 4

Flaherty documentary
“Feltham Sings,” Channel 4

Feature shows
“Faking It,” Channel 4

Sport
Final night of the stadium athletics at the Commonwealth Games, BBC1

News coverage
“Soham — August 16/17,” Sky News

Current affairs
“Young, Nazi & Proud,” Channel 4

Entertainment programme or series
“I’m a Celebrity — Get Me Out of Here!,” ITV1

Situation comedy
“The Office,” BBC2

Comedy programme or series
“Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression,” BBC1

Alan Clark award
Brian Lapping and Norma Percy

Lew Grade award
“Foyle’s War,” ITV

BAFTA fellowship
David Jason

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