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BAFTA TV Awards 2022

Written by on 8th May 2022

The government’s plan to sell off Channel 4 was front and centre at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards, as stars pledged to fight to keep the broadcaster in public hands.

Director Steve McQueen, who won an award for his documentary Uprising, told the audience at the Royal Festival Hall in London that the public should “hold tight” to the BBC and Channel 4, adding we should should “fight for inch, inch and inch”.
Comedian Holly Walsh, who writes Motherland, told the room: “Public service broadcasting is a testament to what makes the BBC and Channel 4 so bloody fantastic.”

Channel 4 mainstay Gogglebox picked up the reality and constructed factual award at the ceremony, with the show’s creator using his winning speech to also back the broadcaster.

“Googlebox might have ended when it started nine years ago because it had modest ratings but a publicly owned risk-taking Channel 4 believed in it and they stuck with it,” Stephen Lambert said.

“If the government goes ahead with its destructive plan to end Channel 4, these kind of risks will not be taken and a big part will have ended for no good reason.”

Comedian Mo Gilligan also sang Channel 4’s praises, saying after winning for his Lateish Show: “They let me bring black boy joy, I really appreciate it.

“It would not have been possible without Channel 4, I know everyone has said it but it is so important.”

It was a good night for the broadcasters
Elsewhere, the public service broadcasters won big on British TV’s biggest night.

BBC prison drama Time won two awards, including for best mini-series – beating off tough competition from the likes of It’s A Sin, ITV’s Stephen and Sky’s Landscapers.

Sean Bean won the best actor award for his role in the show, saying he was “overwhelmed” in a letter read by the show’s producer.

Channel 4 COVID drama Help also won a pair of awards, with trophies going to both Cathy Tyson and Jodie Comer for supporting actress and best actress respectively.

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa came on stage to huge applause, just hours after it was announced he would be the next Doctor Who.

Joking with his co-star Aimee Lou Wood, they told a knock-knock joke, using him as the punchline, before handing the scripted comedy prize to BBC sitcom Motherland.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling-Ellis won the publicly voted must-see moment award for their moving couple’s choice dance last series, in which they danced part of it silence, inspired by Ayling-Ellis’s deafness.

Ayling-Ellis said: “It is a very special moment for us because hopefully it showed how powerful TV can be, where it has actually introduced changes. It has even helped the BSL [British Sign Language] law be passed recently.

“It made people stand up more for sign language, and just a better deaf awareness and positiveness towards people. We have still got a long way to go but it is such a great start. We are so, so, so proud of it.”

Rapper Big Zuu won twice at the ceremony for his show on Dave, Big Zuu’s Big Eats, while the star of Channel 4’s Stath Lets Flats, Jamie Demetriou, also bagged a BAFTA – his third in three years.

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Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was honoured with a fellowship from BAFTA, giving a trademark funny video speech to the room.

The Big Yin, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, said: “I am very proud to receive this. Life is good. I haven’t been on the stage for about two years. This is kind of nice. It suits me.

“Symptom spotters among you may notice that my left is different from my right. It is just one of these things. Parkinson’s disease. I suffer badly from the disease.

“My wife puts on my clothes in the morning and takes them off at night. It is a jolly life. I have got no complaints.”

Below is the full list of winners from the ceremony.

Leading actress
Jodie Comer, Help – Channel 4 – WINNER
Denise Gough, Too Close – ITV
Emily Watson, Too Close – ITV
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown – Sky Atlantic
Lydia West, It’s A Sin – Channel 4
Niamh Algar, Deceit – Channel 4

Leading actor
Sean Bean, Time – BBC One – WINNER
David Thewlis, Landscapers – Sky Atlantic
Hugh Quarshie, Stephen – ITV
Olly Alexander, It’s A Sin – Channel 4
Samuel Adewunmi, You Don’t Know Me – BBC One
Stephen Graham, Help – Channel 4

Supporting actress
Cathy Tyson, Help – Channel 4 – WINNER
Céline Buckens, Showtrial – BBC One
Emily Mortimer, The Pursuit of Love – BBC One
Jessica Plummer, The Girl Before – BBC One
Leah Harvey, Foundation – Apple TV+
Tahirah Sharif, The Tower – ITV

Supporting actor
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession – Sky Atlantic – WINNER
Callum Scott Howells, It’s A Sin – Channel 4
David Carlyle, It’s A Sin – Channel 4
Nonso Anozie, Sweet Tooth – Netflix
Omari Douglas, It’s A Sin – Channel 4
Stephen Graham, Time – BBC One

Entertainment performance
Big Zuu, Big Zuu’s Big Eats – Dave – WINNER
Alison Hammond, I Can See Your Voice – BBC One
Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show – BBC One
Joe Lycett, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back – Channel 4
Michael McIntyre, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel – BBC One
Sean Lock, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown – Channel 4

Male performance in a comedy programme
Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats – Channel 4 – WINNERS
Joe Gilgun, Brassic – Sky Max
Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education – Netflix
Samson Kayo, Bloods – Sky One
Steve Coogan, This Time with Alan Partridge – BBC One
Tim Renkow, Jerk – BBC Three

Female performance in a comedy programme
Sophie Willan, Alma’s Not Normal – BBC Two – WINNER
Aimee Lou Wood, Sex Education – Netflix
Aisling Bea, This Way Up – Channel 4
Anjana Vasan, We Are Lady Parts – Channel 4
Natasia Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats – Channel 4
Rose Matafeo, Starstruck – BBC Three

Drama series
In My Skin – BBC Three – WINNER
Manhunt: The Night Stalker – ITV
Unforgotten – ITV
Vigil – BBC One

Single drama
Together – BBC Two – WINNER
Death of England: Face to Face – Sky Arts
Help – Channel 4
I Am Victoria – Channel 4

Mini-series
Time – BBC One – WINNER
It’s A Sin – Channel 4
Landscapers – Sky Atlantic
Stephen – ITV

Soap and continuing drama
Coronation Street – ITV – WINNER
Casualty – BBC One
Emmerdale – ITV
Holby City – BBC One

International
The Underground Railroad – Amazon Prime
Call My Agent! – Netflix
Lupin – Netflix
Mare of Easttown – Sky Atlantic
Squid Game – Netflix
Succession – Sky Atlantic

Entertainment programme
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV – WINNER
An Audience With Adele – ITV
Life & Rhymes – Sky Arts
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One

Comedy entertainment programme
The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan – Channel 4 – WINNER
The Graham Norton Show – BBC One
Race Around Britain – YouTube
The Ranganation – BBC Two

Scripted comedy
Motherland – BBC Two – WINNER
Alma’s Not Normal – BBC Two
Stath Lets Flats – Channel 4
We Are Lady Parts – Channel 4

Features
Big Zuu’s Big Eats – Dave – WINNER
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – BBC Two
Sort Your Life Out – BBC One
The Great British Sewing Bee – BBC One

Daytime
The Chase – ITV
Moneybags – Channel 4
Richard Osman’s House of Games – BBC Two
Steph’s Packed Lunch – Channel 4

Must-see moment
Strictly Come Dancing, Rose and Giovanni’s silent dance to Symphony – BBC One – WINNER
An Audience With Adele, Adele’s surprised by the teacher who changed her life – ITV
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Ant and Dec dig at Downing Street’s lockdown parties – ITV
It’s A Sin, Colin’s devastating Aids diagnosis – Channel 4
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, UK Hun? – Bimini’s verse – BBC Three
Squid Game, Red Light, Green Light game – Netflix

Current affairs
Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure) – ITV – WINNER
Four Hours At The Capitol – BBC Two
The Men Who Sell Football (Al Jazeera Investigations) – Al Jazeera English
Trump Takes On The World – BBC Two

Single documentary
My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years In Afghanistan – ITV – WINNER
9/11: Inside The President’s War Room – BBC One
Grenfell: The Untold Story – Channel 4
Nail Bomber: Man Hunt – Netflix

Factual series
Uprising – BBC One – WINNER
The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime – BBC Two
9/11: One Day In America – National Geographic
Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles – Channel 4

Reality and constructed factual
Gogglebox – Channel 4 – WINNER
Married At First Sight UK – E4
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – BBC Three
The Dog House – Channel 4

Specialist factual
The Missing Children – ITV – WINNER
Black Power: A British Story of Resistance – BBC Two
Freddie Mercury: The Final Act – BBC Two
Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain – BBC Two
News coverage

ITV News At Ten: Storming of the Capitol – ITV – WINNER
Channel 4 News: Black To Front – Channel 4
Good Morning Britain: Shamima Begum – ITV
Sky News: Afghanistan: Endgame – Sky News

Live event
The Earthshot Prize 2021 – BBC One
The Brit Awards 2021 – ITV
The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance – BBC One
Springwatch 2021 – BBC Two

Short-form programme
Our Land – Together TV – WINNER
Hollyoaks Saved My Life (Hollyoaks IRL) – YouTube
People You May Know – Financial Times
Please Help – BBC Three

Sport
Abu Dhabi Grad Prix – Sky Sports – WINNER
The Grand National – ITV Racing
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BBC
Euros 2020 – England v Denmark – ITV

via IRN/Sky News for GTFM