Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Ant and Dec break their Bafta duck

Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly (right) with the Entertainment Programme award
Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly (right) with the Entertainment Programme award

Ant and Dec finally scooped their first ever Bafta on Sunday - with their sixth nomination - after a 20-year career in television.

The duo beat Harry Hill, Stephen Fry and comedian Michael McIntyre to the Entertainment Performance gong for I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! at the ceremony.

Dec, 34, made light of how long it had taken to get an award, saying: "I really, really, really wasn't expecting that. That's a big shock."

Ant and Dec, still "shellshocked" over their win, then presented the Special Award to Simon Cowell for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry and for the development of new talent.

Ant said of the Britain's Got Talent and X Factor judge and creator: "I admire him" while Dec joked: "I'm terrified of him".

Receiving the award, Cowell said: "This is a genuine honour. I wasn't expecting it. I have had a blast. I've been able to do things I never thought I'd be able to do and it's because I genuinely have the most talented people working with me on the show. This actual award is genuinely more deserving to them than it is for me."

The Unloved - Samantha Morton's close-to-the-heart directorial debut about a care home - scooped the award for Single Drama.

Kate Ogborn, a producer of the Channel 4 drama, said: "Samantha would be so sad not to be here but she's filming in the States. I know she'd be really honoured. She's been thinking about this film since she was 16."

Mad Men, the advertising industry 1950s-set US drama broadcast on BBC4, scooped the International gong, beating the likes of Family Guy and True Blood.

Channel 4 Dispatches programme Terror In Mumbai won the Current Affairs award while ITV News At Ten took the News Coverage award for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

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