Olivia Colman scoops double win at BAFTAs

BAFTA TV AwardsActress Olivia Colman was the star of Sunday night's (12 May) BAFTA Television Awards, taking home two gongs for her performance in RSJ Films’ Accused and BBC’s Twenty Twelve. Veteran broadcaster and ex-Python Michael Palin was crowned in the fellowship award, the highest honour of the night.

Taking place at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, the awards ceremony featured a star-studded line-up from the world of TV, including Homeland’s Damien Lewis, Matt LeBlanc (who is in town for filming on the third series of Episodes) and the production teams behind this year’s Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies.

Colman – who has had a busy year appearing in a string of dramas, including ITV’s Broadchurch and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – was first awarded for supporting actress in Accused (Mo’s Story), and later in the night picked up the gong for female performance in a comedy programme for Hat Trick’s Twenty Twelve.

In two humble acceptance speeches, Colman thanked her husband, her first drama teacher and her parents for babysitting so she could attend the ceremony. Referring to Accused writer Jimmy McGovern, she said: "I feel a bit of a fraud. When he writes a script, you can't go wrong."

In other acting categories, Ben Whishaw picked up the gong for leading actor in Richard II (The Hollow Crown); a teary-eyed Sheridan Smith won leading actress for her performance in Mrs Biggs; while Simon Russell Beale won supporting actor for Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown).

Host Graham Norton collected an award for his Friday night chat show in the entertainment programme category, beating Dynamo: Magician Impossible, A League of Their Own and Have I Got News for You.

An excitable Alan Carr collected the prize for performance in an entertainment programme for his chat show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, beating usual champions of award ceremonies Ant and Dec.

In the world of drama, Murder took the single drama award, while Last Tango in Halifax won best drama series. For factual television, the compelling Our War won best factual series and Grayson Perry picked up specialist factual gong for

Seneca Productions’ All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry.
In the sport and live event category, Wimbledon 2012 and The London 2012 Olympics lost out to The London 2012 Paralympic Games.  

The ceremony was produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment, and further details of all programmes (such as key credits) can be found on Production Intelligence, the database of TV shows and films at various stages of production.

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The full list of winners are as follows:

Comedy Programme
The Revolution Will Be Televised

Current Affairs
The Shame of the Catholic Church (This World)r

Drama Series
Last Tango in Halifax

Entertainment Performance
Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Entertainment Programme
The Graham Norton Show

Factual Series
Our War

The Great British Bake Off

Michael Palin

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme
Olivia Colman – Twenty Twelve


Leading Actor
Ben Whishaw - Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Leading Actress
Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme
Steve Coogan - Welcome to the Places of My Life

Mini Series
Room at the Top

News Coverage
Hillsborough – The Truth at Last (Granada Reports)

Radio Times Audience Award
Game of Thrones

Reality and Constructed Factual
Made in Chelsea

Single Documentary
7/7: One Day in London

Single Drama

Situation Comedy
Twenty Twelve

Soap and Continuing Drama

Special Award
Clare Balding

Special Award
Delia Smith

Specialist Factual
All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

Sport and Live Events
The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Supporting Actor
Simon Russell Beale - Henry IV Part 2

Supporting Actress
Olivia Colman - Accused (Mo’s Story)