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Wolf Hall director Kosminsky uses Baftas to savage Tories over BBC

By PA Reporters

Published 09/05/2016

Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner and Heida Reed accepting the Radio Times Bafta Audience Award for Poldark
Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner and Heida Reed accepting the Radio Times Bafta Audience Award for Poldark
Jon Snow
Mary Berry
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
Local star James Nesbitt was among the guests

Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky hit out at the Government at the Bafta TV Awards, saying it is trying to "eviscerate" the BBC, adding that he felt now "is a dangerous time for broadcasting in Britain".

Speaking as he accepted the best drama series award for the Hilary Mantel adaptation, he also warned that this would mean there would be no more productions like the Tudor drama.

He referred to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's reported plans to interfere with the scheduling of shows such as the BBC News and Strictly Come Dancing as similar to the "bastions of democracy Russia and North Korea".

He said: "In many ways our broadcasters, the BBC and Channel 4, which they're also attempting to eviscerate, are the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it.

"This is really scary stuff folks, not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime in this country. It is not their BBC, it's your BBC. There will be no more Wolf Hall, no more groundbreaking Dispatches."

Strictly Come Dancing beat the likes of Britain's Got Talent and Adele At The BBC to take home its first ever Bafta for best entertainment programme.

One of the show's co-hosts, Claudia Winkleman, joked that she "regretted the three tequilas" she had had, adding: "Huge thanks to the producers, the judges and our amazing dancers, we cannot believe it. We're going out for five days after this."

The comedy and comedy entertainment programme category was won by Have I Got News For You.

One of the show's team captains, Ian Hislop, also praised the BBC and its independence.

He said: "I'm reiterating the theme, I'd like to thank the BBC, who have allowed us to be rude about the Government... and indeed rude about the BBC itself, which is a privilege you are given with public service broadcasting and not on State television."

Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off won best features programme at the BAFTAS. Pic Ian West/PA Wire
Mary Berry, The Great British Bake Off won best features programme at the BAFTAS. Pic Ian West/PA Wire
Nadiya Hussain (right) and Mary Berry during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mary Berry attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Nadiya Hussain (right) and Mary Berry (left) and Katherine Jenkins during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Lenny Henry with the special award during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mark Rylance during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mark Rylance and Helen McCrory during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: (L to R) Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner and Heida Reed, accepting the Radio Times BAFTA Audience Award for 'Poldark', pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Leigh Francis during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman win the award for best entertainment programme during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Suranne Jones with the award for leading actress and Tom Hiddleston during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Michaela Coel poses with the award for Breakthrough Talent in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Peter Kay with the award for best male performance in a comedy programme during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Chanel Cresswell with the award for best supporting actress and James Norton during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: (L to R) Claire Foy, Peter Kosminsky, Colin Callender, Mark Pybus and Peter Straughan, accepting the Best Drama award for 'Wolf Hall', pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Mark Rylance, accepting the Best Drama award for 'Wolf Hall', poses in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jon Snow poses with the award for Best News Coverage for the Paris Massacre in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Tom Courtenay with the award for best supporting actor during the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 8th May 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jeffrey Tambor, accepting the Best International award for 'Transparent', poses in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Sir Tom Courtenay, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Unforgotten', and presenter Georgina Campbell pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The Bafta Fellowship award went to comedy writing duo Alan Simpson and Ray Galton, best known for Steptoe And Son and Hancock's Half Hour.

Sherlock star Martin Freeman presented the Radio Times audience award to Poldark.

Sir Tom Courtenay accepted the award for best supporting actor as he begrudgingly accepted his title as a "veteran" of the industry.

Channel 4's First Dates was named the winner of the reality and constructed factual category.

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