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The Thick of It cleans up at BAFTA TV Awards

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BBC comedy The Thick of It was a clear winner at this year’s British Academy Television Awards, taking home the Situation Comedy award as well as individual performance awards for actors Peter Capaldi and Rebecca Front.

The Corporation secured the other comedy award of the evening, for BBC1’s The Armstrong and Miller Show. ITV won the two entertainment BAFTAs, with Britain’s Got Talent awarded Entertainment Programme and presenters Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly winning the Entertainment Performance category for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, their first BAFTA win after four previous nominations.

Julie Walters, who had received two nominations for Best Actress, won the category for her portrayal of Mo Mowlam in Channel 4’s Mo. The award, her fourth television Bafta and her seventh overall, makes her the most decorated actor in BAFTA history.

The other three acting awards in this year’s ceremony all went to first-time winners. Kenneth Branagh, who has previously won in directing and producing categories, was awarded Best Actor for his portrayal of Swedish detective Wallander for BBC1. In the supporting actor and actress categories, awarded for the first time this year, Matthew Macfadyen and Rebecca Hall won for BBC1’s Criminal Justice and Channel 4’s Red Riding respectively.

E4’s superhero drama Misfits was a surprise winner for Drama Series, with Peter Bowker’s Occupation picking up the award for Drama Serial. The Single Drama award was given to The Unloved, the directorial debut by actress Samantha Morton.

Fellowship of the Academy, as previously announced, was awarded to Melvyn Bragg in recognition of his contribution to television, and in particular arts programming.

The Special Award was given to Simon Cowell, for his services to light entertainment programming. His two series commissions for ITV1, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, did however lose out to E4 comedy The Inbetweeners in the Audience Award, voted for by members of the public.

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