BAFTA TV Awards 2015: ‘Happy Valley’ Wins Best Drama Series

By Ali Jaafar, Nancy Tartaglione

UPDATE, WRITETHRU 2:05 PM PT: The BBC’s crime drama Happy Valley prevailed over network cousins Line Of Duty, The Missing and Peaky Blinders at the BAFTA TV Awards tonight in London. The Drama Series win for the breakout Sally Wainwright creation was not a shocker; it had Britain all abuzz last spring (and later aired on Netlfix). A surprise of sorts, however, was found in the Leading Actor category. This was Benedict Cumberbatch’s third time in the race for Sherlock, but the prize ultimately went to Jason Watkins for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, a Peter Morgan-scripted drama based on the true story of the title character’s false accusation of murder — and the media vilification that followed. Christopher Jeffries, exec produced by Downton Abbey‘s Gareth Neame, also won best miniseries. Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Entertainment Programme: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

Best Mini-Series: The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies : Gareth Neame, Peter Morgan, Roger Michell, Kevin Loader

Best Factual Series: Life And Death Row

Best International: True Detective: Nic Pizzolatto, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Scott Stephens, Steve Golin

Best News Coverage: Sky News Live At Five: Ebola : Alex Crawford, Nick Ludlam, Thomas Moore, David Rees

Best Features: Grand Designs 

Best Single Documentary: The Paedophile Hunter:  Dan Reed, Mark Towns, Tom Costello

Best Sport and Live Event: WW1 Remembered – From The Battlefield & Westminster Abbey

Best Current AffairsChildren On The Frontline (Dispatches): Marcel Mettelsiefen, Anthony Wonke, Stephen Ellis, Chris Shaw

Best Supporting Actor: Stephen Rea- The Honourable Woman

Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment ProgrammeThe Graham Norton Show : Jon Magnusson, Graham Stuart, Graham Norton, Steve Smith

Best Supporting Actress: Gemma Jones : Marvellous

Special Award Recipient: Jeff Pope

Best Soap & Continuing DramaCoronation Street

Best Drama SeriesHappy Valley : Sally Wainwright, Karen Lewis, Euros Lyn, Nicola Shindler

Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme: Matt Berry : Toast of London

Best Specialist FactualGrayson Perry: Who Are You? : Neil Crombie, Joe Evans, Grayson Perry, Dinah Lord

Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme: Jessica Hynes : W1A

Best Reality & Constructed FactualThe Island With Bear Grylls 

Best Single DramaMarvellous: Peter Bowker, Julian Farino, Katie Swinden, Patrick Spence

Best Scripted ComedyDetectorists: Mackenzie Crook, Adam Tandy

Best Entertainment Performance Winner: Ant and Dec: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Special Factual Award Winner: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Radio Times Audience Award Winner: Sherlock

Best Leading Actress: Georgina Campbell: Murdered by My Boyfriend

Best Leading Actor: Jason Watkins: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

BAFTA Fellowship Recipient: Jon Snow

BAFTA Special Award: Clive James


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