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Ant and Dec bask in Bafta glory

Some of the small screen's biggest stars gathered for the TV Baftas tonight.

Big names including Olivia Colman, Ant and Dec and James Corden all walked the red carpet outside the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End.

Among the stars signing autographs and posing for pictures were EastEnders star Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman and Aaron Paul from cult US hit Breaking Bad.

Ant and Dec were the night's first big winners with Saturday NIght Takeaway named best entertainment programme.

Accepting the award, Declan Donelly said winning was " really just a nice big cherry on top of a cake we all love".

This year's event, formally known as the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, is hosted by Graham Norton.

Speaking backstage, Anthony McPartlin said the show was "very much us" and said he was just "thrilled" with the nomination.

He said: "It does really mean a lot to us, it's very special".

Other early awards included the sport and live event Bafta which went to Sky Sports coverage of day five of the first Ashes test and the current affairs gong which went to Channel 4's Dispatches Syria: Across the Lines.

The Bafta for mini-series went to BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh, while The Murder Trial was named best single documentary.

ITV News at Ten wo n the award for news coverage for its work on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

The award for best soap went to Coronation Street, before Ross Kemp presented the Bafta for specialist factual to Sir David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D.

David Bradley was named best supporting actor for his role in Broadchurch.

Accepting his award, he revealed his agent had sent him a full-size chocolate Bafta at Christmas and joked: "N ow finally I can take it down from the mantelpiece and eat it."

The award for comedy and comedy entertainment programme went to A League of Their Own beating Norton's chat show in the process.

Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah Lancashire was named best supporting actress, beating her co-star Nicola Walker in the process before Gogglebox won the Bafta for reality and constructed factual.

BBC Three's Him and Her: The Wedding was named best sitcom, then Cilla Black picked up the Bafta Special award.

The Blind Date presenter, who picked up her award from fellow scouser Paul O'Grady, got a standing ovation.

She said: "I'd like to say a very big thank you to Bafta for this special award. You know I've led a charmed life, I really have, I've worked with incredible people".

The singer and presenter dedicated her win to the "viewers" who she said had made her "feel so welcome over the years".

Broadchurch picked up another award when it won the Bafta for best drama.

Its writer Chris Chibnall accepted the award for what he said was "a huge team " and praised the "greatest cast I could ever hope for".

Speaking backstage, Bradley said the show "just became a kind of phenomenon " and praised Chibnall for "keeping all the plates twirling in the air".

Chibnall himself said he had been "pessimistic" about the show's chances of winning tonight and was already "focused" on the next series.

The Bafta for female performance in a comedy programme went to Katherine Parkinson for The IT Crowd.

Breaking Bad was named best international show, with Paul leading the audience in an ovation for the other contenders which included Borgen and House of Cards.

The Bafta for single drama went to the Channel 4's Complicit - about the torture of terrorism suspects.

Parkinson's IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade won the Bafta for male performance in a comedy programme and joked that he hoped it would inspire " other nasal men with no facial expression".

Channel 4's Bedlam won the Bafta for factual series, before the Radio Times Audience Award -voted for by the public - went to Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor.

The entertainment performance Bafta went to Ant and Dec - their second win of the night - with Donnelly joking : "I'm glad we came now".

The Bafta for leading actress was won by Broadchurch's Olivia Colman.

The actress, who won two awards at last year's event, burst into tears on stage saying: "Oh sorry, not cool" and hailing Chibnall "a f****** genius".


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