BBC dramas dominate the BAFTA awards

Sarah Lancashire could barely hold back tears during her acceptance speech.

BBC productions dominated the BAFTA awards this year winning 19 of the 25 gongs.

Sarah Lancashire won best leading actress for her role in Happy Valley, which won best drama series, beating The Crown’s Claire Foy.

Best leading actor went to Adeel Akhtar in Murdered By My Father, a one-off drama telling the story of an honour killing.

Damilola: Our Loved Boy’s Wunmi Mosaku won best supporting actress and Tom Hollander claimed the best supporting actor gong for his role in The Night Manager.

Michael McIntyre beat Graham Norton in the entertainment performance category while Steve Coogan won best male performance in a comedy programme.

Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge won best female performance in a comedy programme.

Damilola: Our Loved Boy claimed another gong for best Single drama and National Treasure won best mini-series.

Emmerdale pipped Eastenders to the post to win best soap and continuing drama.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway won best entertainment programme for the fourth time while Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe claimed best comedy and comedy entertainment programme.

Joana Lumley received a standing ovation as she was awarded the prestigious Fellowship award by her close friend Jennifer Saunders and ended her speech with: “Cheers lovelies, thanks a lot.”

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