Top Boy and Happy Valley triumph at BAFTA TV Awards

The BAFTA TV Awards ceremony, held last night at the Royal Festival Hall, saw some unexpected results. While the critically acclaimed crime drama “Happy Valley” claimed the Best Actress award for Sarah Lancashire and a Memorable Moment award, the night’s biggest surprise came with Netflix’s “Top Boy” taking home the prestigious Best Drama trophy.

The BAFTA TV Awards were a night of celebration for British television, with both Top Boy and Happy Valley taking home major awards. It took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London and comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan hosted the show. The pair even took home their prize.

  • Top Boy, the gritty Netflix drama about young drug dealers in East London, defied expectations and won the prestigious Best Drama award.
  • Happy Valley, the BBC police drama, didn’t win the top prize but secured the Best Actress award for Sarah Lancashire and the Memorable Moment award for its dramatic finale.
  • Surprisingly, the most acclaimed drama series “The Crown” hasn’t won any awards. It is the first time the series won no award despite having a good fan following.

Surprise Wins and Tributes

There were some surprises throughout the night. Class Act, a French series, took home the award for Best International Show, beating out favorites like “Succession” and “The Bear.”

Daytime TV was well-represented with Lorraine Kelly receiving a special award for her four decades in television and Strictly Come Dancing winning Best Entertainment Programme.

The ceremony also included emotional tributes, Andy Mundy, director of the winning documentary “White Nanny, Black Child,” spoke of his struggles breaking into the industry and encouraged others from similar backgrounds to keep pursuing their dreams. Swimmer Ellie Simmonds won Best Documentary for her program “Finding My Secret Family” and expressed gratitude to both her adoptive and birth mothers.

A Night to Remember

The BAFTA TV Awards showcased the best of British television, with wins for established favorites and exciting new discoveries. It was a night of celebration for actors, writers, directors, and all those who contributed to the magic of television. The BBC also had a strong showing, taking home a total of 14 awards throughout the night.

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