Channel 4 has loved a profitable afternoon on the Bafta TV Awards amid uncertainty over its future – successful a complete of 5 awards.
The occasion on the Royal Pageant Corridor on Southbank in London, which featured its first full viewers in two years, additionally noticed the BBC declare 9 awards and ITV take residence seven.
Hosted by comic Richard Ayoade, the ceremony celebrated the perfect of British tv throughout a number of classes.
Various winners used their speeches to hail the worth of Channel 4 and criticise Authorities plans to privatise the broadcaster.
Jodie Comer claimed the main actress award for her function in Channel 4’s Assist and thanked the broadcaster for “believing within the script”.
Gogglebox gained its second TV Bafta for greatest constructed factual present and the chief government of manufacturing firm Studio Lambert, Stephen Lambert, used his speech to voice opposition to the Authorities’s plans.
He stated: “Gogglebox might need ended when it began 9 years in the past because it obtained modest scores, however a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it they usually caught with it.
“If the Authorities goes forward with its damaging plan to finish Channel 4, these form of dangers won’t be taken and a giant a part of what makes British TV nice could have ended for no good motive.”
Mo Gilligan gained greatest comedy leisure for his The Lateish Present on Channel 4 and stated the prize “means a lot” as a result of Channel 4 took him on when his psychological well being was struggling in 2017.
He stated: “They let me deliver black boy pleasure, I actually admire it. It could not have been attainable with out Channel 4, I do know everybody has stated it however it’s so essential.”
Jamie Demetriou gained a TV Bafta for greatest male in a comedy for his function in Channel 4’s Stath Lets Flats.
Nevertheless, regardless of main the nominations this 12 months with a complete of seven, Channel 4’s It’s A Sin ended the ceremony empty handed.
The BBC got here out prime of the general public service broadcasters with 9 prizes in quite a lot of classes.
Sean Bean gained greatest main actor prize for his function in gritty jail drama Time.
Producer Simon Maloney learn a letter on the actor’s behalf which stated he was “overwhelmed” to obtain the award.
Time additionally gained greatest mini collection and, amassing the prize, co-actor Stephen Graham stated: “We had an outstanding solid of younger working class males who have been completely excellent, each single one among them.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be part of. For this reason I wished to be an actor as a child…It was a strong manufacturing.”
Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice gained the must-see second for his or her silent dance on BBC One staple Strictly Come Dancing.
Their routine – throughout which they paused the music and danced in silence as a tribute to the deaf group – gained reward from the general public and Ayling-Ellis described it as a “very particular second”.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content material officer, stated: “I’d prefer to congratulate the entire winners for creating landmark work, it’s a fantastic tribute to the distinctive expertise and programmes who’ve been recognised and a well timed reminder that the BBC continues to ship public service values with goal and high quality, and particularly essential in our centenary – a 12 months that appears ahead and celebrates British creativity throughout the UK.”
Amongst ITV’s successes have been Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night time Takeaway, which claimed the primary award of the occasion, for greatest leisure programme, and the information protection award, which went to ITV Information At Ten for its work on the storming of the US Capitol.
Each Collectively scriptwriter Dennis Kelly and In My Pores and skin creator Kayleigh Llewellyn took goal on the Conservative Authorities of their speeches, with the latter urging to viewers to vote the Tories out of energy. Nevertheless, neither speech was broadcast within the last edit of the programme.
Bafta chairman Krishnendu Majumdar opened the occasion with a speech addressing variety and the altering media panorama, earlier than paying tribute to TV journalists working in Ukraine and Sir Billy Connolly, who acquired a Bafta fellowship.
Ayoade rapidly aimed a jibe at Will Smith over his slap on the Oscars, quipping: “Bafta is celebrating 75 years on the coronary heart of our trade.
“In 1955, there have been solely six classes, barely sufficient time to rise up out of your seat and slap somebody earlier than the entire ceremony can be over.”