They came, they saw, they BAFTA’d


It was a triumphant night for Michaela Coel and her powerful drama I May Destroy You at last night’s Bafta television awards.

But there was disappointment for royal drama The Crown, which had been nominated for four prizes but left empty handed.

Josh O’Connor, who was nominated in the leading actor category for his turn as the Prince of Wales, was defeated by Normal People’s Paul Mescal, while Tobias Menzies, who plays the Duke of Edinburgh, lost out on the supporting actor prize to Small Axe’s Malachi Kirby.

Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret, was pipped to the supporting actress prize by Rakie Ayola for Anthony while Save Me Too beat the show to the drama series prize.

Kirby’s win was the only prize taken by Sir Steve McQueen’s anthology series, despite leading the nominations for the ceremony with six nods.

It had previously dominated at Bafta’s craft awards, where it won five awards, for makeup and hair design, costume design, production design, photography and lighting (fiction) and scripted casting.

Sky Arts series Life & Rhymes was the surprise winner of the entertainment programme gong, beating Saturday night staples Strictly Come Dancing, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Masked Singer.

Meanwhile Casualty was named best soap or continuing drama, just days after the BBC announced its spin-off show Holby City will end next year.

The medical drama defeated Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks.

Here is a full list of all the winners:

– Comedy Entertainment Programme

The Big Narstie Show

– Current Affairs

America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)

– Daytime

The Great House Giveaway

– Drama Series

Save Me Too

– Entertainment Performance

Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation

– Entertainment Programme

Life & Rhymes

– Factual Series

Once Upon A Time In Iraq

– Features

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

– Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education

– International

Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

– Leading Actor

Paul Mescal – Normal People

– Leading Actress

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You

– Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Charlie Cooper – This Country

– Mini-series

I May Destroy You

– News Coverage

Sky News: Inside Idlib

– Reality & Constructed Factual

The School That Tried To End Racism

– Scripted Comedy

Inside No 9

– Short-form Programme

They Saw The Sun First

– Single Documentary

Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

– Single Drama

Sitting In Limbo

– Soap & Continuing Drama


– Specialist Factual

The Surgeon’s Cut

Live Event

Springwatch 2020

– Sport

England v West Indies Test cricket

– Supporting Actor

Malachi Kirby – Small Axe

– Supporting Actress

Rakie Ayola – Anthony

– Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (voted for by the public)

Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020


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