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QUB professor Phil Scraton's tears over Bafta for Hillsborough

'He has worked with dogged determination to expose the truth of Hillsborough'

By Staff Reporter

A Belfast academic was moved to tears as Hillsborough won the Bafta for best documentary last night. The production team was joined on stage to collect the prize by Queen's University's Professor Phil Scraton , who wore a Liverpool football scarf around his neck.

He appeared tearful as he was told: "Phil Scraton worked tirelessly and diligently. He has worked with dogged determination to expose the truth of Hillsborough."

Prof Scraton penned much of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report that led to the quashing of the 96 inquest verdicts of accidental death, and the ordering of the new inquests and a full criminal investigation into the tragedy.

Elsewhere, a number of Northern Ireland productions missed out on a gong at the star-studded bash.

The Secret, which starred Coleraine actor James Nesbitt, had been shortlisted in the Mini-series category, but lost to National Treasure.

The ITV drama depicts the real-life story of Castleknock dentist Colin Howell, played by Nesbitt, who made a pack with his mistress Hazel Stewart to murder their spouses.

Meanwhile, Line of Duty and Game of Thrones - which are both filmed in Northern Ireland, lost out in the public voted Must-See Moment category to Planet Earth II.

Happy Valley took home the biggest prize of the night after being named best drama series , defeating the The Crown for the coveted prize.

Sarah Lancashire took the leading actress prize over The Crown's star Claire Foy.

Addressing the tearful actress, who played a young Queen Elizabeth II in the series, Lancashire said: "Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet that I have ever had, thank you."

The Crown also missed out on the best supporting actor gong, despite both Jared Harris and John Lithgow being nominated.

The prize instead went to The Night Manager star Tom Hollander, while the supporting actress prize went to Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola, Our Loved Boy over The Crown's Vanessa Kirby.

Ant & Dec had a successful night as the live event prize was won by The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration, which they fronted on ITV, while Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway won the entertainment prize.

Nick Fraser was presented with the Bafta special award for his 20 years as editor of the BBC's Storyville documentary strand.

Fraser, who suffered a stroke earlier this year, stood next to his daughter Isabelle, as she read out his speech.

The Bafta Fellowship was presented to Joanna Lumley by her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders, who said: "In 1990 I handed her some scrappy lines and unformed ideas and she alone created Patsy Stone, a creation that has at least kept me laughing for 27 years.

"She's a comic genius and a brilliant clown who never forgets how hard it's been to get where she is."

Lumley said it was "paradise" to receive the honour before she adopted Patsy's famous drawl to add: "I just want to say actually to you all, thanks sweeties, thanks a lot."

The awards cermony was hosted by presenter Sue Perkins at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Bafta 2017 winners:

Fellowship - Joanna Lumley

Special award - Nick Fraser

Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme - Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe Production Team – House of Tomorrow/BBC2

Current Affairs - Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed (Panorama) Production Team – BBC Productions/BBC1

Drama Series - Happy Valley Sally Wainwright, Juliet Charlesworth, Nicola Shindler, Neasa Hardiman – Red Production Company/BBC One

Entertainment Performance - Michael McIntyre, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show – Hungry McBear/BBC1

Entertainment Programme - Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Production Team – ITV Studios/Mitre Television/ITV

Factual Series - Exodus: Our Journey To Europe Production Team – Keo Films/The Open University/BBC Two

Features - Who Do You Think You Are? Colette Flight, Sarah Feltes, Anna Kirkwood, Helen Nixon – Wall to Wall Media/BBC1

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme - Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag – Two Brothers Pictures/BBC Three

International - The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson – Fox 21 Television Studios/Fx Productions/BBC Two

Leading Actor - Adeel Akhtar, Murdered By My Father – BBC Studios/BBC3

Leading Actress - Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley – Red Production Company/BBC1

Live Event - The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Production Team – ITV Studios/Spun Gold Television/ITV

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme - Steve Coogan, Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle – Baby Cow Productions/Sky Atlantic

Mini-Series - National Treasure George Ormond, Marc Munden, Jack Thorne, John Chapman – The Forge/Channel 4

News Coverage - Victoria Derbyshire: Footballers’ Abuse Victoria Derbyshire, Louisa Compton, Jo Adnitt – BBC News/BBC2

Reality & Constructed Factual - Muslims Like Us Kieran Smith, Nicholas Packer, Oliver Manley, Mobeen Azhar – Love Productions/BBC2

Scripted Comedy - People Just Do Nothing Production Team – Roughcut TV/BBC Three

Single Documentary - Hillsborough Production Team – Very Much So Productions/Passion Pictures/BBC Two

Single Drama - Damilola, Our Loved Boy Levi David Addai, Euros Lyn, Susan Horth, Colin Barr – Minnow Films/BBC1

Soap & Continuing Drama - Emmerdale Production Team – ITV Studios/ITV

Specialist Factual - Planet Earth II Michael Gunton, Tom Hugh-Jones, Elizabeth White, Sir David Attenborough – BBC Studios/BBC Natural History Unit/BBC America/Zdf/France Television/BBC One

Sport - The Open Production Team – Sky Sports/European Tour Productions/Sky Sports 1

Supporting Actor - Tom Hollander, The Night Manager – The Ink Factory/Demarest/Character Seven/BBC1

Supporting Actress - Wunmi Mosaku, Damilola, Our Loved Boy – Minnow Films/BBC1

Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment - Planet Earth II: Snakes Vs Iguana Chase – BBC Studios/BBC Natural History Unit/BBC America/ZDF/France Television/BBC1sion/BBC1

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