This Country, Three Girls Each Score Two BAFTA TV Awards

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown Credit Netflix

The victor for leading actor was Sean Bean for Broken.

"I just want to say thank you for recognising how selfless that is and how courageous that is". "Soon maybe they will be here as well because I think they deserve to be", he said during his acceptance speech.

Love Island was awarded the reality & constructed factual award, and mini series went to Three Girls. "The fantastic Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor Who", she said. Ant and Dec picked up their usual nominations for Best Entertainment Programme (though it remains to be seen if either of them will be making an appearance following Ant's personal crisis), while Graham Norton and Michael McIntyre are both nominated for Best Entertainment Performance for "The Graham Norton Show" and "Michael McIntyre's Big Show", respectively.

The cast of Three Girls praised the social workers and police officers who risked their jobs, while accepting their award for the drama, which told the real story of abused and sexually exploited school girls from Rochdale.

Peaky Blinders scooped the top prize for Best Drama Series and the Best Comedy Entertainment Programme award was given to Murder in Successville.

In comedy, This Country took the big win, while performance nods went to Daisy May Cooper for This Country and Toby Jones for The Detectorists.

The show was also a big victor at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards and Philippa Lowthorpe picked up in the Director: Fiction category, Uni Ni Dhonghaile in the Editing: Fiction category and Nicole Taylor, the Writer: Drama category. Amazon Prime was snubbed completely from the awards.

John Motson was given a special award for his contribution to television on the same day he retired from football commentating.

Earlier, as guests were arriving, police were called when a man in his 20s was stabbed outside the National Theatre on the Southbank, London several hours before the Baftas began at the Royal Festival Hall nearby.

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