Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Stars brave drizzle at TV Baftas

Damian Lewis and wife Helen McCrory arriving for the 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards

Some of the biggest names on the small screen gathered in the drizzle on the red carpet at Sunday night's TV Baftas.

Stars including EastEnder Jessie Wallace, Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly and Damian Lewis posed for photographers and greeted fans outside the Royal Festival Hall on the banks of the Thames.

Other celebrities at the event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, included Lord Sugar, Mary Berry and David Walliams.

Host Graham Norton introduced the show with a series of gags about the spate of recent celebrity arrests, saying the show had to start before "any of our presenters or guests are unavoidably detained".

Damian was then joined by his Homeland co-star David Harewood to present the evening's first award - for best drama series - to Last Tango in Halifax. The show, about a pair of pensioners who rekindle a romance late in life, beat off competition including ITV cop show Scott and Bailey.

One of its stars, Anne Reid, said it was the "most fantastic series to be a part of" and added: "I am so happy the BBC has decided to do love stories about people who are over 35 because some of us do have quite interesting lives when we get to 70".

The award for factual series went to BBC Three's Our War, which followed events on the frontline in Afghanistan from the perspective of the troops on the ground.

This World's investigation into child abuse in the Catholic church won the award for current affairs, beating ITV's documentary about Jimmy Savile's sex crimes, a Panorama special on the crisis in Britain's housing and Al Jazeera's investigation into the death of Yasser Arafat.

The award for news coverage went to Granada Reports programme, Hillsborough - The truth at last. BBC Two's Murder was named the best single drama, while 7/7: One Day In London won the award for single documentary.

The BBC's adaptation of John Braine's novel Room at the Top, which starred Doctor Who's Jenna-Louise Coleman, won the award for mini-series.

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