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Broadchurch wins three TV Baftas

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By MARCUS DENBY

Jodie Whittaker, Olivia Colman and Simone McAullay celebrate

Jodie Whittaker, Olivia Colman and Simone McAullay celebrate

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West-based crime series Broadchurch won both the best drama award and the best performance by a leading actress for Olivia Colman at last night's television Baftas.

Some of the small screen's biggest stars gathered for the TV Baftas last night.

As well as the ever-popular Olivia Colman, big names included Ant and Dec and James Corden all walking along the red carpet outside the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End.

Among the stars signing autographs and posing for pictures were EastEnders star Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman and Aaron Paul from cult US hit Breaking Bad.

Ant and Dec were the night's first big winners with Saturday Night Takeaway named best entertainment programme.

Accepting the award, Declan Donelly said winning was "really just a nice big cherry on top of a cake we all love".

This year's event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, was hosted by Graham Norton.

The award for best soap went to Coronation Street, before Ross Kemp presented the Bafta for specialist factual to Sir David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D.

Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall, accepted the best drama award for what he said was "a huge team " and praised the "greatest cast I could ever hope for".

Speaking backstage, Bradley said the show "just became a kind of phenomenon" and praised Chibnall for "keeping all the plates twirling in the air".

Chibnall himself said he had been "pessimistic" about the show's chances of winning tonight and was already "focused" on the next series.

David Bradley was also named best supporting actor for his role in Broadchurch. Accepting his award, he revealed his agent had sent him a full-size chocolate Bafta at Christmas and joked: "Now finally I can take it down from the mantelpiece and eat it."

The award for comedy and comedy entertainment programme went to A League of Their Own beating Norton's chat show in the process.

Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah Lancashire was named best supporting actress, beating her co-star Nicola Walker in the process before Gogglebox won the Bafta for reality and constructed factual.

BBC Three's Him and Her: The Wedding was named best sitcom, then Cilla Black picked up the Bafta Special award.

The Blind Date presenter, who picked up her award from fellow Scouser Paul O'Grady, got a standing ovation.

She said: "I'd like to say a very big thank you to Bafta for this special award. You know I've led a charmed life, I really have, I've worked with incredible people."

The singer and presenter dedicated her win to the "viewers" who she said had made her "feel so welcome over the years".

Katherine Parkinson won the best female comedy performance Bafta for her role in The IT Crowd, while Breaking Bad was best international show.

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