LONDON — This year’s BAFTA TV kudofest broke with precedent by awarding six prizes to embattled U.K. commercial web ITV1.
ITV’s victory was particularly sweet because rival Channel 4, in recent years a big winner, could manage only two prizes. The poor showing will provide further ammunition for those commentators who maintain there is a growing crisis at the hybrid pubcaster.
C4 won the best actor prize for Jim Broadbent’s perf in the Peter Morgan scripted “Longford.”
C4 also scored with the docu “Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand” in the specialist factual category.
ITV1 scooped two awards for “Housewife, 49,” a drama set in England during the Second World War created by and starring Victoria Wood.
Wood was voted best actress beating Anne-Marie Duff, Samantha Morton and Ruth Wilson.
“Housewife, 49” also won best drama defeating Michael Winterbottom’s acclaimed Channel 4 film, “The Road To Guantanamo.”
Additionally ITV1 took the drama serial prize winning with “See No Evil: The Moors Murders,” another piece of fiction inspired by the Hindley child murders.
ITV1’s sister web, ITV2, won the newly introduced international prize for “Entourage”, which triumphed against the more high-profile “House”, “Lost” and “My Name Is Earl.”
It is the second British gong for “Entourage”, a winner at this year’s Royal Television Society’s program awards.
Traditionally the BBC performs well at the BAFTA TV awards and this year was no exception as BBC1 and BBC2 won five and three gongs respectively.
Among the BBC winners were Ricky Gervais, picking up his seventh BAFTA|, for the sitcom “Extras”, and presenter Jonathan Ross who pocketed the entertainment performance prize for his chat show, “Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.”
The BBC’s high concept cop skein, “Life on Mars,” made by Kudos, won the Pioneer Audience Award.
It was a good night for Sky One, which won two gongs – the interactivity prize for the drama “Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather” and factual series, “Ross Kemp On Gangs.”
Seasoned producer Andy Harries, whose recent hits have included “The Queen,”
“Longford,” and “The Royle Family: Queen of Sherba,” was given a special award.
Harries recently quit ITV to set up his own shingle, Left Bank.
The awards ceremony was held at the London Palladium, Sunday (May 20).
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And the winners are:
Actor, Jim Broadbent:
“Longford” (Channel 4)
Actress, Victoria Wood:
“Housewife, 49” (ITV 1)
Entertainment Performance, Jonathan Ross:
“Friday Night With Jonathan Ross” (BBC1)
Comedy Performance, Ricky Gervais:
“Housewife 49 (ITV1)
“The Street” (BBC1)
“See No Evil: The Moors Murders (ITV1)
“Ross Kemp On Gangs” (Sky One)
“Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand” (Channel 4)
“The Choir” (BBC2)
“F1: Hungarian Grand Prix – Jenson Button’s First Win” (ITV1)
“Granada Reports: Morecambe Bay” (ITV1)
“Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather” (Sky1)
“The X Factor” (ITV1)
“The Royle Family: Queen of Sheba” (BBC1)
“That Mitchell & Webb Look” (BBC2)
Pioneer Audience Award:
“Life On Mars” (BBC1)