The BBC’s Peaky Blinders triumphed at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out on April 13. The crime drama won best drama series beating out Netflix’s The Crown, which missed out for the second successive year.
The Crown’s leading actress Claire Foy also missed out for the second year running as the leading actress award went to Molly Windsor for BBC mini-series Three Girls. The show also took home the award for best mini-series. It won three awards at the BAFTA Craft awards in April.
It was not all over for The Crown, however, as Vanessa Kirby picked up the best supporting actress award for her portrayal of Princess Margaret. The Netflix show had gone home empty handed in 2017 having got into the ceremony as the leading nominee with five nominations including for Foy and Kirby. This year it had received three nominations.
Kirby dedicated her award to the late Princess Margaret. ”I felt like the luckiest person in the world to play somebody that was so colourful and vivid and brave and strong,” said Kirby.
Sean Bean was named best leading actor for his role as a Catholic priest in BBC drama Broken.
Best supporting actor went to Irish actor Brian F. O’Byrne for ITV Studios’ Little Boy Blue. Creator Steven Knight said the “only cloud” over Peaky Blinders triumph was the lack of nominations for its cast.
“I just wish that the people who have created some iconic TV characters, Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, that, soon maybe, they will be here as well because I think they deserve to be,” said Knight. The Tiger Aspect production returns for a fifht season next year with two further seasons already confirmed.
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale claimed the BAFTA for best international series. The drama beat out heavyweight competition from HBO’s Big Little Lies, FX’s Feud: Bette And Joan and PBS documentary series The Vietnam War.
Daisy May Cooper took home the award for female performance in a comedy for This Country, while she and her brother Charlie Cooper won best scripted comedy for the BBC show. The pair already won a BAFTA Craft award last month for Breakthrough Talent for writing the comedy series.
It was a good year for BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits initiative, which sees 20 newcomers each year selected for a year-long mentoring and guidance program aimed at supporting and showcasing the next generation of British creative talent. Both the Coopers and Molly Windsor were past participants in the programme, which has been running since 2013.
BAFTA chair Jane Lush told Variety in April that the nominations seen for Breakthrough Brits participants this year – the Coopers were two of five nominated – was particularly special. “BAFTA puts a lot of time, effort, and resources behind encouraging new talent, so it is brilliant to see that,” said Jane Lush.
Toby Jones won male performance in a comedy programme for the BBC’s Detectorists. Both the BBC’s Line Of Duty” and Netflix’s Black Mirror went home empty handed having entered the night with three nominations each – matching The Crown and Three Girls. The ceremony, hosted for the second year by Sue Perkins, took place at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night. – Reuters/ Robert Mitchell
Here’s a list of some of the winners:
Drama Series: Peaky Blinders
International: The Handmaid’s Tale
Mini-Series: Three Girls
Leading Actress: Molly Windsor – Three Girls
Leading Actor: Sean Bean – Broken
Supporting Actress: Vanessa Kirby, The Crown
Supporting actor: Brian F. O’Byrne – Little Boy Blue
Scripted Comedy: This Country
Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Daisy May Cooper – This Country
Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Toby Jones – Detectorists
Single Drama: Murdered For Being Different
Single Documentary: Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum And Dad
Comedy Entertainment Programme: Murder In Successville
Entertainment Performance: Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show
Entertainment Programme: Britain’s Got Talent