Ant and Dec picked up the Best Entertainment Show gong for Saturday Night Takeaway at this year’s BAFTA Television Awards held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday – while elsewhere series Time and Help swept the board at the star-studded ceremony.
Presented by Olivia Colman – the Geordie duo, both 46, were delighted to scoop the first award of the night, which marked the fourth time they have won in the category and the eight time they have been nominated in it.
Elsewhere prison series Time and pandemic drama Help had successful nights – while notable snubs included Channel 4 series It’s A Sin which won no awards despite 11 nominations.
The awards recognised and celebrated the very best in television craft and television programmes broadcast in the UK in 2021 and the event was back to having a full live audience after the pandemic.
Success! Ant and Dec picked up the Best Entertainment Show Award at this year’s BAFTA Television Awards held at London ‘s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday
Happy: Presented by Olivia Colman – the Geordie duo, both 46, were delighted to scoop the first gong of the night, which marked the fourth time they have won in the category and the eight time they have been nominated
A giddy Ant and Dec said in their acceptance speech: ‘Thanks so much, what a great start to the night, we were convinced we wouldn’t get it this year so this is wonderful.
‘This is a lovely cherry on the cake. When we first started the show we were just in an empty studio and walking around thinking ‘is this any good?’
‘We have to thanks the fantastic production team so a round of applause for all of you too!’
Pleased: A giddy Ant and Dec said in their acceptance speech: ‘Thanks so much, what a great start to the night, we were convinced we wouldn’t get it this year so this is wonderful
Talent: Ant and Dec were joined by Stephen Mulhern on stage as they accepted the award
Achievement: The Leading Actress award went to Jodie Comer for her role in the pandemic drama Help
All smiles: Elsewhere prison drama Time won in the Mini Series category – with Stephen Graham saying in his speech: ‘It was an absolute honour to get to act with my wife Hannah Walters’
BAFTA TV AWARDS 2022 WINNERS: AT A GLANCE
Sean Bean (Time)
Jodie Comer (Help)
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Comedy Entertainment Programme
The Graham Norton Show
In My Skin
Elsewhere in the two main categories Sean Bean – who wasn’t there to collect the award – won Leading Actor for his role in Time, while the Leading Actress award went to Jodie for her role in the pandemic drama Help.
Jodie, 29, played a young care worker in the one-off drama, and she thanked the real-life carers who helped her with her research in her speech.
Accepting her award Jodie said: ‘Hello! I’m so nervous! I want to say a huge thank you to Channel 4, I slid into the screenwriter’s DMs years ago to say I wanted to work with him.
‘Thank you Stephen Graham who I’m gonna thank for the rest of my life.
‘Thank you most of all to all the carers and to the people from the Dementia Society.
‘It was such a privilege to be a part of. And thank you mum!’
Time also won in the Mini Series category – with Stephen Graham saying in his speech: ‘It was an absolute honour to get to act with my wife Hannah Walters’.
Earlier in the night Cathy Tyson picked up the gong for Supporting Actress for her role in Help where she starred alongside Jodie and Stephen.
She said in her speech: ‘This is so surreal. Congratulations to all the other nominees, this feels like an outer body experience.’
‘I haven’t prepared so I don’t know what to say. But I stand with Ukraine and the Russian people.’
‘I also want to thank my partner and my mum!’
Emotional: Accepting her award Jodie said: ‘Hello! I’m so nervous! I want to say a huge thank you to Channel 4, I slid into the screenwriter’s DMs years ago to say I wanted to work with him’
Stars: Time won in the Mini Series category – with Stephen (right) thanking his wife in his speech
Strange: In an unexpected turn of events Channel 4 series It’s A Sin – which had a whopping 11 nominations – won no awards on the night
It’s A Sin was the night’s big snub, failing to win in any of the five categories it was nominated in. The Channel 4 drama, written and created by Queer As Folk and Doctor Who screenwriter Russell T Davies, tracked a group of gay men and their friends as they navigated the UK’s HIV/Aids crisis throughout the 80s and early 90s.
The show’s 11 nominations, which comprised of five in the craft categories and six in the television awards categories, included nods for Davies in the writer drama category, as well as a leading actor nomination for singer Olly Alexander for his role as Ritchie Tozer.
His co-star Lydia West was nominated in the leading actress category – but didn’t succeed on the night either.
Avid supporters of the drama rushed to Twitter, claiming that the decision was a ‘disgrace and a travesty’ while blasting the BBC for muting clips from the drama while those from its competitors were not.
Still smiling: Davies accepted the losses with dignity, Instagramming a photo from the ceremony and writing: ‘Great shows won and great shows didn’t’
One Twitter user began: ‘#ItsASin not winning a BAFTA for best mini series is a disgrace. By far the best series I’ve watched in a long time and yes I did watch ‘Time’ but not in the same league as it’s a sin #Baftas2022.’
Others added: ‘It’s a sin.. Best thing on TV. Robbed,’ along with, ‘It’s a sin’ just getting pied then…#Baftas2022,’ and, ‘it’s a sin has been ROBBED.’
‘It’s a Sin not winning at the BAFTAs…actual homophobia.’
Davies accepted the losses with dignity, Instagramming a photo from the ceremony and writing: ‘Great shows won and great shows didn’t.’
Thrilled: Virgin Media’s Must See Moment award went to Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice for their silent Strictly dance last series
Awareness: Rose said in her speech: ‘Thank you it was a very special moment, it created a better deaf awareness, we still have a long way to go but it was such a great start’
Elsewhere Jamie Demetriou won the Bafta in the Male In A Comedy category for Stath Lets Flats, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Ncuti Gatwa and Steve Coogan.
Other awards included Motherland winning in the Scripted Comedy category, Uprising winning in the Factual Series category and Big Zuu’s Big Eats winning in the Features category.
Accepting his award Big Zuu – whose mother is from Sierra Leone and his father from Lebanon – joked: ‘Representation matters. There will be young people watching this thinking if these waste-men can win a BAFTA! Jokes aside we did this for working class people.’
Good work: Elsewhere The Latish Show which stars Mo Gilligan won in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category and the comedian gave an emotional speech afterwards
Teary: He said: ‘Oh s**t I’m so nervous. I have to big up Channel 4. In 2017 when I got offered a show my mental health wasn’t in the best place. Channel 4 brought me into this big building. They trusted me and let me be myself and helped me to bring black boy joy to the screens’
BAFTA TV AWARDS 2022: THE WINNERS
Comedy Entertainment Programme
The Graham Norton Show
The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan – WINNER
Race Around Britain
Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (Exposure) – WINNER
Four Hours at the Capitol
The Men Who Sell Football (Al Jazeera Investigations)
Trump Takes on the World
The Chase – WINNER
Richard Osman’s House of Games
Steph’s Packed Lunch
In My Skin -WINNER
Manhunt: The Night Stalker
Alison Hammond (I Can See Your Voice)
Big Zuu (Big Zuu’s Big Eats) – WINNER
Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show)
Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back)
Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel)
Sean Lock (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown)
An Audience with Adele
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – WINNER
Life & Rhymes
Strictly Come Dancing
The Factual Series
The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime
9/11: One Day in America
Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles
Uprising – WINNER
Big Zuu’s Big Eats – WINNER
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
Sort Your Life Out
The Great British Sewing Bee
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education)
Aisling Bea (This Way Up)
Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)
Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats)
Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)
Sophie Willan (Alma’s Not Normal) -WINNER
Call My Agent!
Mare of Easttown
The Underground Railroad – WINNER
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room
Grenfell: The Untold Story
My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan – WINNER
Nail Bomber: Man Hunt
Death of England: Face to Face
I Am Victoria
Together – WINNER
Black Power: A British Story of Resistance
Freddie Mercury: The Final Act
The Missing Children – WINNER
Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – WINNER
ITV Racing: The Grand National
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
UEFA Euro 2020 Semi-Final: England v Denmark
David Thewlis (Landscapers)
Hugh Quarshie (Stephen)
Olly Alexander (It’s A Sin)
Samuel Adewunmi (You Don’t Know Me)
Sean Bean (Time) – WINNER
Stephen Graham (Help)
Denise Gough (Too Close)
Emily Watson (Too Close)
Jodie Comer (Help) – WINNER
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)
Lydia West (It’s A Sin)
Niamh Algar (Deceit)
The Brit Awards 2021
The Earthshot Prize 2021 – WINNER
The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Jamie Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats) – WINNER
Joe Gilgun (Brassic)
Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)
Samson Kayo (Bloods)
Steve Coogan (This Time With Alan Partridge)
Tim Renkow (Jerk)
It’s A Sin
Time – WINNER
Channel 4 News: Black to Front
Good Morning Britain: Shamima Begum
ITV News at Ten: Storming of the Capitol – WINNER
Sky News: Afghanistan: Endgame
Reality and Constructed Factual
Gogglebox – WINNER
Married at First Sight UK
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
The Dog House
Alma’s Not Normal
Stath Lets Flats – WINNER
We Are Lady Parts
Short Form Programme
Hollyoaks Saved My Life (Hollyoaks IRL)
Our Land – WINNER
People You May Know
Soap & Continuing Drama
Coronation Street – WINNER
Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin)
David Carlyle (It’s A Sin)
Matthew MacFadyen (Succession) – WINNER
Nonso Anozie (Sweet Tooth)
Omari Douglas (It’s A Sin)
Stephen Graham (Time)
Cathy Tyson (Help) – WINNER
Celine Buckens (Showtrial)
Emily Mortimer (The Pursuit of Love)
Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before)
Leah Harvey (Foundation)
Tahirah Sharif (The Tower)
Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment
An Audience with AdeleI
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
It’s A Sin
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER
Group shot: The winners all posed together for a big picture as they held up their awards
Elsewhere The Latish Show which stars Mo Gilligan won in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category and the comedian gave an emotional speech afterwards.
He said: ‘Oh s**t I’m so nervous. I have to big up Channel 4. In 2017 when I got offered a show my mental health wasn’t in the best place. Channel 4 brought me into this big building. They trusted me and let me be myself and helped me to bring black boy joy to the screens.’
Succession star Matthew Macfadyen – who wasn’t there to collect his award – scooped the Supporting Actor gong, beating the likes of Stephen Graham in Help.
Incredible: Elsewhere Cathy Tyson picked up the gong for Supporting Actress for her role in the pandemic drama Help where she starred alongside Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham
Here they are: Big Zuu’s Big Eats won in the Features category and are pictured collecting their award on stage
Important: Uprising won in the Factual Series category
Funny: Jamie Demetriou won the Bafta in the Male In A Comedy category for Stath Lets Flats, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Ncuti Gatwa and Steve Coogan
Winners: The Best Drama Series went to In My Skin, which was written by written by Kayleigh Llewellyn (pictured accepting the gong)
In the Reality and Constructed factual category Gogglebox won while Virgin Media’s Must See Moment award went to Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice for their silent Strictly dance.
Rose said in her speech: ‘Thank you it was a very special moment, it created a better deaf awareness, we still have a long way to go but it was such a great start.’
Giovanni added: ‘We knew this moment would give an impact but this has now changed people’s lives, we have to say thank you to our producers for looking after us throughout the whole series.’
Proud: Sophie Willan was the winner of the Female Performance In A Comedy Programme and posed with her gong
Award: Jamie clutched his TV Bafta for Stath Lets Flats in the winners room
Big night: Big Zuu was the winner of the Entertainment Performance Award and also picked up a gong in the Features category
Support: Time star Stephen was joined by his glamorous wife Hannah in the winners room after a successful night
Honoured: Later in the show Billy Connolly was the recipient of the Bafta fellowship and spoke about his Parkinson’s in a pre-recorded acceptance speech
Fingers crossed: Landscapers, which starred Olivia Colman, received seven nominations – but didn’t win any gongs on the night
Big star: Mo was the winner of the Comedy Entertainment Award for The Lateish Show and posed proudly in the winners room
Stunning: Jodie, 29, played a young care worker in the one-off drama, and she thanked the real-life carers who helped her with her research
Winners: Coronation Street star Charlie de Melo and Jodie posed together backstage at the event
Sky drama Landscapers, which also starred Olivia Colman, who was not nominated in the performance categories, was the second-most nominated TV show, with seven in total, five in the craft categories and two in the television categories – but didn’t win any gongs on the night.
Inspired by real events, the series starred Colman and Thewlis as a mild-mannered married couple whose lives are upturned after dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham.
Landscapers’ nominations included for director fiction, original music, leading actor and mini-series categories.
Sean Lock was nominated for an award following his death from cancer at the age of 58 last year.
Leading ladies: Jodie Comer, Jo Hartley and Kayleigh Llewelyn all posed with their Baftas after the ceremony finished
Successful night: Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary were the winners of the Live Event Award for The Earthshot Prize 2021
Tragic: Sean Lock was nominated for an award following his death from cancer at the age of 58 last year but didn’t win (pictured in 2010)
Great show: Stephen (pictured left with Mo Gilligan) starred in Time – the three-part drama about prison life – which won the Mini-series award ahead of It’s a Sin, Landscapers and Stephen
The comedian received a nod in the entertainment performance category for his role on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown but lost out to Big Zuu.
He was up against Alison Hammond, for I Can See Your Voice, Big Zuu, for Big Zuu’s Big Eats, Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show, Joe Lycett, for Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, and Michael McIntyre, for Michael McIntyre/s The Wheel.
There were also surprise snubs for EastEnders and Hollyoaks in the Soaps and Continuing Drama category.
Holby City, which aired its final episode last week, was up against Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Comedian, presenter and star of The IT Crowd Richard Ayoade hosted the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards ceremony for the third consecutive year as it returned to London’s Royal Festival Hall.
All smiles: Sally Dynevor and Dermot O’Leary had a catch up backstage at the Baftas
Group shot: Clara Amfo (L) and Rochelle Hume (R) posed with Giovanni Pernice and Rose Ayling Ellis who won the Must See Moment Award for their silent Strictly dance
Admirable: Other notable snubs include an omission for Kate Garraway’s emotional documentary Caring For Derek
EastEnders was snubbed in the soap category at the BAFTA TV Awards.
The BBC show failed to get a nod despite strong storylines, including Gray Atkins’ murders which have drawn in viewers throughout the year, however Holby City – which aired its final episode this week – did get a nod.
Hollyoaks was also snubbed in the Soaps category – which has been running on Channel 4 since 1995. Holby City is up against Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale in the category.
Other notable snubs include an omission for Kate Garraway’s emotional documentary Caring For Derek.
GMB star Kate has made two moving documentaries over the past two years following her husband Derek’s battle with the ongoing effects of Covid.
TV: Martin Freeman posed with Jodie – the winner of the Leading Actress Award for Help – after giving her the gong on stage earlier in the night
Chic: Jodie Comer looked incredible on the night wearing a busty black tuxedo-style dress
Celebrate: Dec looked like he was enjoying the rest of the night after his win
Duo: He was joined by Ant in the winners room after the ceremony
Kate’s 2021 documentary Finding Derek won a BAFTA last year but her recent follow-up Caring for Derek, following the family’s adjustments after Derek returned home, failed to pick up a nod on Wednesday.
BBC favourite Line Of Duty also didn’t receive any nominations despite its popularity with viewers.
The sixth series finale, which aired in May 2021 was the most-watched episode of any drama (excluding soaps) since modern records began in 2002, with 12.8 million tuning in.
The second most viewed drama of the year, BBC1’s Vigil, did receive a nod in the Best Drama category but lead Suranne Jones was overlooked for a Leading Actress nomination.
Beauty: Michelle Keegan looked incredible in a pink gown before she presented an award
Pose: She opted for a rich palette of makeup and wore her brunette tresses in perfect bouncy curls
Yay! Clara Amfo and Dermot O’Leary gave a short speech on stage for winning the Live Event Award for The Earthshot Prize 2021
Love: Later Ant beamed as he left the BAFTA TV Awards with his glamorous wife Anne-Marie Corbett and presenting co-star Dec
Congratulations: Ant and Dec, also 46, had great success on the night, picking up the Best Entertainment Show gong for Saturday Night Takeaway for the fourth time
Home time: Dec looked equally as thrilled as he left the ceremony and looked dapper in his black suit, crisp white shirt and bow tie
Here she is: Tess Daly headed home in her stunning green dress after attending the awards show
Famous faces: SNT star Stephen Mulhern left the event with a blonde woman after taking to the stage earlier in the night