Broadchurch A Triple Winner At Tv Baftas

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Hit crime drama Broadchurch was a triple winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Tv Awards on Sunday (18May14).

The detective series picked up the Leading Actress prize for Olivia Colman, Supporting Actor for David Bradley and the top honour of the night for Best Drama.

Colman's win marked the star's third Tv Bafta prize, after claiming two trophies last year (13) for her roles in Twenty Twelve and Accused.

Overwhelmed with emotion upon receiving the award, Colman said through tears, "Well, Broadchurch, I'm so pleased everyone likes it. Chris Chibnall is a f**king genius, thank you for writing it! And (co-star) David Tennant, standing opposite you is a joy and a treat."

Double winners also included veteran presenters Anthony MCPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who were feted with both Entertainment Performance and Entertainment Programme for Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, while comedy The IT Crowd earned both Katherine Parkinson and Richard Ayoade the Female and Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, respectively.

Other awards were handed to Southcliffe star Sean Harris for Leading Actor, Sarah Lancashire for Supporting Actress in Last Tango in Halifax, U.S. drug drama Breaking Bad for the International prize and Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor earned the Radio Times Audience Award.

Veteran Tv star Cilla Black was lauded for her decades of work with the Special Award, while Julie Walters was given Bafta's highest honour, the Bafta Fellowship, for her contribution to film and Tv.

During her acceptance speech she said, "When I told my mother I wanted to be an an actress in 1969, she said: 'She'll be in the gutter before she's 20'. But what a gutter, and I shared that gutter with some of the most amazing and talented people without whom I would not have a career."

Talk show host Graham Norton hosted the event for the second year in a row at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.


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