BAFTA TV Awards 2017 - list of winners

This year, BAFTA celebrates quality over quantity and also celebrates a relegated giant.

BAFTA TV Awards 2017 - list of winners

By and large, this year's BAFTA TV awards rejected the television with enormous amounts of money behind it. Most notably, Netflix's £100 million, Golden Globe winning drama, The Crown, took precisely zero awards home despite being the night's most nominated drama, under consideration four times.

In addition, BAFTA mourned removal of BBC Three from terrestrial television by awarding the now online platform three of the higher profile of the biggest awards in British television: Best Actor (Adeel Akhtar for Murdered by My Father), Best Actress in a Comedy (Phoebe Waller-Bridge for global sleeper hit, Fleabag (bottom right)), and Best Scripted Comedy (People Just Do Nothing) the latter demonstrating a huge triumph for the cult hit sitcom. It even beat out the notorious quality of Channel 4, which took just the one, though for the coveted field of Best Mini-Series for National Treasure.

Back on the subject of The Crown, perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came in the award for Best Actress. It was expected to go to Claire Foy, who plays the Queen in a stellar and complex performance. Instead, the BAFTA cherub that is Sarah Lancashire (finally) took the award for her performance in Happy Valley (top left). Her performance in the BBC One hit that also took home Best Drama this year and Best Writer: Drama in 2015 has been the crowning glory of one of the highest rated dramas on British television and a thoroughly deserved win for one of the country's still most underrated actresses. In her acceptance speech, she thanked Claire Foy for "the best 10 hours I've ever spent under a duvet."

Joanna Lumley won the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship Award for her extensive career. She gave a moving speech in which she called the award "grand and unexpected."

Elsewhere, Adeel Akhtar's win was expected to go to Robbie Coltrane for National Treasure. This echoes the win for Best Actress by Georgina Campbell for Murdered By My Boyfriend. Tom Hollander took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for The Night Manager – a globally top rated programme for 2016 that received just this one nomination.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy (bottom left), the drama about the fatal stabbing of Pechkam ten-year old, Damilola Taylor finishes off the drama acting categories with Wunmi Mosaku taking Best Supporting Actress. They took the double by taking the Best Single Drama award as expected. Damilola's father called for peace among young people in the streets.

The final double winner of the night was, unsurprisingly, Planet Earth II (top right). The BBC documentary sequel won Best Specialist Factual and the award for Must-See Moment for that scene with the snakes and iguanas making BBC One the real winner of the night. The channel took home ten awards.

Best Actor

Adeel Akhtar – Murdered by My Father (BBC Three) - WINNER
Babou Ceesay – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC One)
Robbie Coltrane – National Treasure (Channel 4)
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (BBC Two)

Best Actress

Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley (BBC One) - WINNER
Nikki Amuka-Bird – NW (BBC One)
Jodie Comer – Thirteen (BBC Three)
Claire Foy – The Crown (Netflix)

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hollander – The Night Manager (BBC One) - WINNER
Jared Harris – The Crown (Netflix)
John Lithgow – The Crown (Netflix)
Daniel Mays – Line of Duty (BBC Two)

Best Supporting Actress

Wunmi Mosaku – Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC One) - WINNER
Siobhan Finneran – Happy Valley (BBC One)
Vanessa Kirby – The Crown (Netflix)
Nicola Walker – Last Tango in Halifax (BBC One)

Best Male Comedy Performance

Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle (Sky Atlantic) - WINNER
Asim Chaudhry – People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)
Harry Enfield – The Windsors (Channel 4)
David Mitchell – Upstart Crow (BBC Two)

Best Female Comedy Performance

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag (BBC Three) - WINNER
Olivia Colman – Fleabag (BBC Three)
Lesley Manville – Mum (BBC Two)
Diane Morgan – Cunk on Shakespeare (BBC Two)

Best Entertainment Performance

Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre's Big Show (BBC One) - WINNER
Adam Hills – The Last Leg (Channel 4)
Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
Claudia Winkleman – Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Best Single Drama

Damilola, Our Loved Boy (BBC One) - WINNER
Aberfan: The Green Hollow (BBC One)
Murdered by My Father (BBC Three)
NW (BBC Two)

Best Mini-Series

National Treasure (Channel 4) - WINNER
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (BBC Two)
The Secret (ITV)
The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC One)

Best Drama Series

Happy Valley (BBC One) - WINNER
The Crown (Netflix)
The Durrells (ITV)
War and Peace (BBC One)

Best Soap and Continuing Drama

Emmerdale (ITV) - WINNER
Casualty (BBC One)
EastEnders (BBC One)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

Best International Programme

American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson (FX) / (BBC Two)
The Night Of (HBO) / (Sky Atlantic)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Transparent (Amazon Prime)

Best Factual Series or Strand

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (BBC Two) - WINNER
24 Hours in Police Custody (BBC Two)
The Prosecutors: Real Crime and Punishment (BBC 4)
Kids on the Edge (Channel 4)

Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual

Planet Earth II (BBC One) - WINNER
Alan Bennett's Diaries (BBC Two)
Attenborough's Life That Glows (BBC Two)
Grayson Perry's All Man (Channel 4)

Flaherty Award for Single Documentary

Hillsborough (BBC Two) - WINNER
Behind Closed Doors (BBC One)
How to Die: Simon's Choice (BBC Two)
Hypernormalisation (BBC iPlayer)

Best Feature

Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One) - WINNER
The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs (BBC Two)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC One)
Travel Man (Channel 4)

Best Reality and Constructed Factual

Muslims Like Us (BBC Two) - WINNER
First Dates (Channel 4)
The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC Two)
The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds (Channel 4)

Best Current Affairs

Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed – Panorama (BBC One) - WINNER
Inside Obama's White House (BBC Two)
Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks – This World (BBC Two)
Unarmed Black Male – This World (BBC Two)

Best News Coverage

Victoria Derbyshire: Footballer's Abuse (BBC Two) - WINNER
BBC North West Tonight: Hillsborough Inquests (BBC One)
Channel 4 News: Brexit Day One (Channel 4)
Sky News Tonight – Aleppo: Death of a City (Sky News)

Best Sport

2016 Open (Sky Sports 1) - WINNER
2016 Rio Olympics (BBC One)
2016 Rio Paralympics (Channel 4)
Six Nations – England V Wales (ITV)

Best Live Event

The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration (ITV) - WINNER
The Centenary of the Battle of The Somme: Thiepval (BBC One)
Shakespeare Live!From the RSC (BBC Two)
Stand Up to Cancer (Channel 4)

Best Entertainment Programme

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) - WINNER
Britain's Got Talent (ITV)
Michael McIntyre's Big Show(BBC One)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Best Scripted Comedy

People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three) - WINNER
Camping (Sky Atlantic)
Fleabag (BBC Three)
Flowers (Channel 4)

Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme

Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe (BBC Two) - WINNER
Cunk on Shakespeare (BBC Two)
The Last Leg: Live from Rio (Channel 4)
Taskmaster (Dave)

Virgin's Must-See Moments

Planet Earth II – "Snakes v iguanas chase" - WINNER
Game of Thrones – "Battle of the Bastards"
The Late Late Show with James Corden – "Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama"
Line of Duty – "Urgent exit required"
Strictly Come Dancing – "Ed Balls' Gangnam Style"
Who Do You Think You Are – "Danny Dyer's origins"

  • Image composite courtesy of BAFTA/Wikipedia, BBC Three/Oohlo, BBC One/Shock Mansion, BBC One/Radio Times


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