It was fifth time unlucky for Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch who failed to break his Bafta duck on a night when there were double wins for BBC2 drama Marvellous, ITV’s The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and the perennially youthful double act, Ant and Dec.
Cumberbatch, nominated for the fifth time at the Bafta TV awards, was beaten to the lead actor prize by Jason Watkins, star of ITV’s real-life drama, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.
The drama about the slandered Bristol schoolteacher also won the mini-series prize, one of a number of double winners at the ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London on Sunday night.
Peter Bowker’s BBC2 drama Marvellous, about Stoke City kit-man Neil Baldwin, won best single drama and best supporting actress, for Gemma Jones.
Another drama based on a real-life story, BBC3’s Murdered by My Boyfriend, won the best actress prize for its star, Georgina Campbell, who beat Sheridan Smith, Keeley Hawes and Sarah Lancashire to the award.
It was a night when many of the best-known dramas failed to win, including BBC1’s acclaimed James Nesbitt series The Missing and BBC2’s police drama Line of Duty, which were each nominated three times but failed to pick up any awards.
BBC1’s Sarah Lancashire drama Happy Valley, also nominated three times, won the best drama series award.
Murdered by My Boyfriend was one of two awards for BBC3, the TV channel which will close in the new year and go online only under controversial cost-saving plans announced by the BBC last year.
Winning the best factual series prize for Life and Death Row, BBC3 matched the haul of BBC1, which could only win two awards, the entertainment prize for the Graham Norton Show and the Radio Times award, voted for by viewers, for Sherlock.
Ant and Dec were also double winners, repeating their feat of last year, winning best entertainment programme and best entertainment performance for their ITV show, Saturday Night Takeaway.
Matt Berry, the co-writer and star of Channel 4’s Toast of London, won the award for best male performance in a comedy programme, with the female equivalent picked up by W1A star Jessica Hynes.
BBC2 and Channel 4 won six awards each, with five for ITV and two each for BBC1 and BBC3. BBC4 won a single Bafta, for its comedy Detectorists, with Sky News winning the news prize for its reporting of the Ebola crisis.
Channel 4 winners included Grand Designs, which beat BBC1’s The Great British Bake Off to the features prize, Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, which won the specialist factual award, and reality winner The Island with Bear Grylls.
Special awards went to Clive James, who accepted the award in a pre-recorded acceptance speech, and writer and producer Jeff Pope. Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow awarded the Bafta fellowship.
HBO’s True Detective won the international prize, beating Kevin Spacey’s Netflix drama House of Cards.
Bafta TV winners 2015: the full list
Leading actress Georgina Campbell, Murdered by My Boyfriend, BBC3
Leading actor Jason Watkins, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, ITV
Supporting actor James Rea, The Honourable Woman, BBC2
Supporting actress Gemma Jones, Marvellous, BBC2
Entertainment programme Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV
Soap and continuing drama award Coronation Street, ITV
Drama series Happy Valley, BBC2
Mini-series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, ITV
Single drama Marvellous, BBC2
International True Detective, HBO
Comedy and comedy entertainment programme The Graham Norton Show, BBC1
Male performance in a comedy programme Matt Berry, Toast of London, Channel 4
Female performance in a comedy programme Jessica Hynes, W1A, BBC2
Scripted comedy The Detectorists, BBC4
Entertainment performance Ant and Dec, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV
News coverage Sky News Live at Five
Features Grand Designs, Channel 4
Factual series Life and Death Row, BBC3
Single documentary The Paedophile Hunter, Channel 4
Sport and live event WW1 Remembered – From the Battlefield and Westminster Abbey, BBC2
Current affairs Dispatches: Children on the Front Line, Channel 4
Specialist factual Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, Channel 4
Radio Times audience award Sherlock, BBC1
Reality and constructed factual The Island with Bear Grylls, Channel 4
Special award Clive James
Special award Jeff Pope, writer and producer
Fellowship Jon Snow, Channel 4 News
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