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Bafta frocks frenzy: Elegant, trashy and downright daft

Frances Burscough despairs at the TV Bafta Awards' frocky horror show

Published 11/05/2015

Eleanor Tomlinson attending The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Eleanor Tomlinson attending The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Amanda Redman attending The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Kate Garraway arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Heida Reed arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Jennifer Metcalfe arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Jennifer Metcalfe arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Archie Panjabi at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Katie Piper at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Maisie Williams arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Alex Jones arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Katie Piper arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Alex Jones at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Ophelia Lovibond arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Laura Whitmore arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Talulah Riley arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Pixie Lott arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Anna Friel arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Heidi Reed arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Eleanor Tomlinson arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Ferne McCann (left) and Lydia Bright arrive for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tamsin Greig arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Lilah Parsons arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Georgina Campbell with the Leading Actress Award for Murdered by My Boyfriend at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Konnie Huq arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Maisie Williams (left) and Sophie McShera at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Heida Reed (left) and Eleanor Tomlinson at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Charlotte Spencer arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Zawe Ashton (left) and Jessica Raine at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Phoebe Fox arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Jessica Hynes with the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for W1A at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Zawe Ashton at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Dianna Agron at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Nikki Sanderson arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Gemma Jones with the Supporting Actress Award for Marvellous at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Since the advent of reality TV and the dumbing-down of popular programming, the Bafta TV Awards red carpet has become notorious for attracting Z-listers and wannabes hoping to catch the eye of the paparazzi by wearing bizarre outfits.

It's certainly nowhere near as stylish or glamorous as the Academy Awards - or even the movie Baftas for that matter.

Last night's event at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, was no exception.

The tacky celebrity trend of bum-flashing, boob-revealing and overly exposed body parts continued apace whilst the flashbulbs popped in approval. Pixie Lott led the daring and baring brigade with a floor-length dress in navy blue devore lace, behind which her underwear was clearly and intentionally visible.

Mary Berry's elegant, bright pink number also proved a recipe for success.

Rochelle Humes went even further in a black Spanish Mantilla lace gown by couturier Zeynep Kartal which featured yards and yards of gossamer-fine fabric, most of which was totally transparent.

Jennifer Metcalfe just looked daft in her asymmetric dress with a bizarre gaping slash at the knees.

Meanwhile, Rosie Fortescue from Made in Chelsea wore an equally revealing silver grey number that looked like she'd accidentally got caught up in a tangle of old fishing nets that had washed up on a beach.

Other frocky horror stories of the night included Michelle Keegan's pale green silk dress that was so creased by the time she arrived that it looked like screwed-up tissue paper.

And Claudia Winkleman in her childlike polka-dot frock and Tess Daly in that weird contraption made from what looked like a plastic garden trellis. There were some winners though, I'm glad to say.

Lucy Mecklenburgh
Lucy Mecklenburgh
Mary Berry
Michelle Keegan
Jennifer Metcalfe
Rochelle Humes
Georgina Campbell with the Leading Actress Award for Murdered by My Boyfriend at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Konnie Huq arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Maisie Williams (left) and Sophie McShera at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Heida Reed (left) and Eleanor Tomlinson at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Charlotte Spencer arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Zawe Ashton (left) and Jessica Raine at the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Phoebe Fox arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

My favourites were Lucy Mecklenburgh's coral gown, Millie Mackintosh's white lace confection and Laura Whitmore's summery buttercup yellow brocade prom dress. I also enjoyed seeing Davina McCall buck the trend in a bolero jacket and trouser suit styled like a Spanish matador.

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