first_imgBBC One’s film about the death of schoolboy Damilola Taylor, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, was named best single drama. Many in the audience were in tears as his father, Richard Taylor, took the stage and made a plea for young people to end the epidemic of knife crime.Adeel Akhtar won best actor for Murdered By My Father, a BBC Three drama about honour killing. He beat Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for The Hollow Crown. The Crown had two nominees in the supporting actor category – John Lithgow for his performance as Winston Churchill, and Jared Harris as George VI – but the award went to Tom Hollander for The Night Manager. The BBC dominated the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, with Channel 4 drama National Treasure a rare win for Channel 4.The Must-See Moment – the only award chosen by viewers – went to the nailbiting scene from Planet Earth II in which a plucky iguana is chased by hordes of racer snakes.“We were surprised this won because half the people watched it from behind their sofa,” said Mike Gunton, the executive producer. Joanna Lumley was honoured with the Bafta Fellowship, awarded for outstanding contribution to television. The Academy said she had become a “true icon” of the small screen thanks to roles in shows from The New Avengers to Absolutely Fabulous.Coming on stage to a standing ovation, Lumley said: “I’m unbelievably honoured, you don’t even dream of it, you don’t even think of it, then the letter comes and you don’t believe it.”I’m like a piece of cellophane laid over the industry.”We are lit and furnished with words and costumed and made up, we have stunt performers to make us look better, we have people who feed us and dress us and we arrive and people say ‘you were so funny in that’ and you say ‘yes, thanks’.”It’s all somebody else.”The heavens opened midway through the red carpet arrivals, meaning those who arrived fashionably late were forced to shelter beneath decidedly unfashionable plastic umbrellas. Happy Valley won best drama seriesCredit:David M Benett/Getty Wunmi Mosaku won best supporting actress for the BBC’s Damilola drama, in which she played the schoolboy’s late mother, Gloria Taylor. She beat Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in The Crown. Sarah Lancashire won the Leading Actress awardCredit:Matt Crossick /PA  Happy Valley won best drama series Sarah Lancashire Eleanor Tomlinson, who stars in Poldark Sue Perkins presented the awardsCredit:James Gourley/Rex Features Eleanor Tomlinson, who stars in PoldarkCredit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Zawe Ashton and Joanna LumleyCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Ed Balls missed out on Must-See Moment Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The awards were hosted by Sue Perkins, the former Great British Bake Off presenter. Perkins revealed in an interview yesterday that the first she learned of Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 was via a friend’s Facebook page. She described the news as “painful”. The winners in fullDrama Series – Happy Valley – BBC OneEntertainment Performance- Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre’s Big Show) – BBC OneSingle Documentary – Hillsborough – BBC TwoCurrent Affairs – Panorama: Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed – BBC OneSingle Drama – Damilola, Our Loved Boy – BBC OneInternational – The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – Fox 21/FX/BBC TwoFactual Series – Exodus: Our Journey to Europe – BBC TwoNews Coverage – Victoria Derbyshire: Footballers’ Abuse – BBC TwoLive Event – The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration – ITVSpecialist Factual – Planet Earth II – BBC OneFemale Performance in a Comedy Programme – Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) – BBC ThreeMini-Series – National Treasure – Channel 4Special Award – Nick FraserMale Performance in a Comedy Programme – Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle) – Sky AtlanticVirgin TV’s Must-See Moment – Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase – BBC OneReality & Constructed Factual – Muslims Like Us – BBC TwoComedy Entertainment Programme – Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe – BBC TwoSupporting Actor – Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) – BBC OneSoap & Continuing Drama – Emmerdale – ITVSport – The Open – Sky Sports 1Supporting Actress – Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola, Our Loved Boy) – BBC OneFeatures – Who Do You Think You Are? – BBC OneScripted Comedy – People Just Do Nothing – BBC ThreeEntertainment Programme – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITVLeading Actor – Adeel Akhtar (Murdered By My Father – BBC ThreeLeading Actress – Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) – BBC OneFellowship – Joanna Lumley This was the second Bafta for Happy Valley, which won the same category in 2015. Lancashire declared herself a fan of The Crown, saying in her acceptance speech: “Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet that I’ve ever had.” Happy Valley was named best drama series, the night’s most coveted award. Sarah Lancashire, who plays the no-nonsense police constable at the heart of the series, beat The Crown’s Claire Foy to the leading actress prize.The Crown led the shortlist with five nominations but in the end won nothing. Sue Perkins Zawe Ashton and Joanna Lumley She and Mel Giedroyc have been replaced by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, and Perkins made several jokey references to the programme. “Let’s crack on before someone sells the format to Channel 4,” she said at one point. When Netflix outbid the BBC for rights to produce The Crown, it was meant to represent the US streaming giant’s triumphant entry into the world of British drama.But the BBC had the last laugh when its gritty police procedural Happy Valley, made on a fraction of The Crown’s £100 million budget, trounced it at the Baftas. Netflix has planned seven series of The Crown, charting the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.The cost put it beyond the reach of the BBC but the corporation’s head of drama, Piers Wenger, told the Telegraph ahead of the awards: “I think it was right for the BBC not to do it. I think if we had spent £100m… then we would have had to have lost so many Line of Duty and Happy Valleys and I think those pieces of work truly pushed the boundaries.“I think The Crown was a very traditional genre piece very well made, and that is what commercial broadcasters are at liberty to do. Whereas I think we have got a slightly different job.” Suranne Jones presented Tom Hollander with the award for Best Supporting ActorCredit:Ian West/PA Winners were instructed by Bafta to include “a short anecdote or an interesting detail about the production” in their speech – seen by some as an attempt to avoid a repeat of last year’s ceremony, when several winners made overtly political speeches criticising government interference in the BBC.There was nothing party political about this year’s speeches. Instead, the winners used their time at the podium to make heartfelt references to the issues raised by their films, from Hillsborough to the refugee crisis. Suranne Jones presented Tom Hollander with the award for Best Supporting Actor Ed Balls missed out on Must-See MomentCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstocklast_img read more