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The Night Manager among winners at television craft awards


The Night Manager won in the fiction editing and sound categories.

It may have been largely snubbed from the nominations at this year’s TV Baftas, but The Night Manager landed two awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, which celebrate the best behind-the-scenes talent.

The espionage thriller, adapted from spy author John le Carre’s novel, picked up gongs in the fiction editing and sound categories.

Its two awards were matched by historical drama The Crown, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, which won in the costume and special, visual and graphic effects categories, as well as Robbie Coltrane drama National Treasure, inspired by police investigations into sexual abuse allegations against public personalities, which won for director of fiction and original music.

Natural history series Planet Earth II, presented by Sir David Attenborough, also won the factual photography award for its cities episode, which was up against three other episodes from the series, as well as clinching the gong for factual sound.

Sunday’s glittering ceremony in London was hosted by actor Stephen Mangan and awards were handed out by presenters Ross Kemp and Naga Munchetty, comedian Joel Dommett and journalist Baroness Joan Bakewell.

Among the other awards, writer Sally Wainwright won her fifth Bafta for drama Happy Valley, while Stefan Golaszewski took home his second Bafta for penning the comedy Mum.

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And veteran prop master Bobby Warans, who has worked on more than 100 programmes from Absolutely Fabulous to The Two Ronnies and Strictly Come Dancing, received a special Bafta honouring his outstanding contribution over 40 years in the television industry.

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