Casualty scooped Best Soap and Continuing Drama at 2023 BAFTA TV Awards – beating Emmerdale and EastEnders.
The BBC One’s show collected the trophy on stage on Sunday night – while last year’s winner Coronation Street was rebuffed from the final list.
Casualty made it to the final three – instead of the ordinary four – against ITVX’s Emmerdale and rival BBC’s EastEnders.
Casualty secured the prize of soap of 2023 once again, two years after their last win – while Emmerdale’s last win was in 2020 and EastEnders’ in 2019.
The soap cast, including William Beck, Jon Sen, Loretta Preece, and Liza Mellody – all came on stage as they thanked their team, crew and fans in a heartfelt moment.
Winner! Casualty scooped Best Soap and Continuing Drama at 2023 BAFTA TV Awards – beating Emmerdale and EastEnders
Plot twist: The BBC One’s show collected the trophy on stage on Sunday night – while last year winner Coronation Street was rebuffed from the final list
Kate Winslet was awarded Best Actress for her critically-acclaimed performance in I Am Ruth, and during her speech she paid tribute to her co-star and daughter Mia Threapleton.
One of the big winners proved to be BBC’s runaway hit The Traitors, which scooped the Reality And Constructed Factual award, while host Claudia Winkleman won Entertainment Performance for fronting the show.
While Anne-Marie Duff was awarded Supporting Actress for Bad Sisters, the viewer-voted BAFTA for the The P&O Cruises Memorable Moment Award was given the moment Paddington Bear enjoyed tea with The Queen during her Platinum Jubilee concert.
Ben, who won critical acclaim for his performance as NHS junior Adam Kay in This Is Going To Hurt, was awarded the Best Actor prize, beating out competition including Gary Oldman, Martin Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Chaske Spencer.
On stage, the actor, 42, said: ‘Oh goodness me, I really didn’t think that would happen and I love so much the actors in this category.’
Whishaw also said ‘everybody in the show is just mind-blowing’ and ‘most of all thank you, Adam Kay, for writing this wonderful role. I’m very humbled, and blessed.’
The medical drama is based on Kay’s book This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor which chronicles his work training to be a doctor in the NHS.
The night also saw Sir Mo Farah win for his BBC One documentary The Real Mo Farah which revealed he had been illegally trafficked to the UK as a child.
Collecting the Best Single Documentary prize, the four-time Olympic champion dedicated the award to ‘children who are being trafficked’.
Twist: Against many odds, Casualty made it to the final three – instead of the ordinary four – against ITVX’s Emmerdale and rival BBC’s EastEnders
Racing: Casualty secured the prize of soap of 2023 once again, two years after their last win – while Emmerdale’s last win was in 2020 and EastEnders’ in 2019
Big one! The soap cast, including William Beck, Jon Sen, Loretta Preece, and Liza Mellody – all came on stage as they thanked their team, crew and fans in a heartfelt moment
Against the odds: BBC’s EastEnders lost to Casualty at 2023 BAFTA Television Awards
Heartfelt: Casualty actor Jon Sen (pictured) spoke in the name of the team and thanked their crew and fans as they collected the Best Soap for 2023 BAFTA TV Awards
In his speech, he said: ‘The kids have no say at all, they are just kids and no child should ever go through what I did, I hope my story shows they aren’t alone, we are in it together.’
The 40-year-old thanked the team at the BBC because it ‘wasn’t easy’ to film and he wouldn’t have been able to it ‘without them’, while his wife Tania Nell said it was the couples children who ’empowered’ them to tell the story.
At the start of the show, Siobhan McSweeney won her first BAFTA TV award for Best Female Performance in a comedy programme, for playing Sister Michael, the eye-rolling principal of the show’s Our Lady Immaculate College in the Channel 4 programme Derry Girls.
The Reality and Constructed Factual Award was given to psychological adventure show, The Traitors, and collecting the prize, presenter Claudia Winkleman, 51, said she and the team are ‘blown away by this, thank you so much’.
Things got even better for Claudia, as later that evening she received the Entertainment Performance award for hosting The Traitors.
Lenny Rush took home the award for Best Male Comedy Performance for his lauded performance in Am I Being Unreasonable?
Anne-Marie Duff won the Supporting Actress Award for the comedy Bad Sisters, said she was ‘completely shocked’ and thanked the cast and production team.
It was a huge night for the Irish Apple TV+ drama, which also won the award for Drama Series.
BAFTA TV AWARDS 2023: WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Best Drama Series: Bad Sisters
Leading Actor: Ben Whinshaw – This Is Going To Hurt
Leading Actress: Kate Winslet – I Am Ruth
Supporting Actor: Adeel Akhtar – Sherwood
Supporting Actress: Anne-Marie Duff – Bad Sisters
Male Performance In A Comedy: Lenny Rush
Female Performance In A Comedy: Siobhán McSweeney – Derry Girls
Single Drama: I Am Ruth
Memorable Moment: Party at the Palace – Paddington Meets The Queen
BAFTA Fellowship: Meera Syal
Adeel Akhtar received Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sherwood, and he thanked his mum for ‘smuggling’ him into youth theatre when his father wanted him to be a lawyer, and his wife who ‘seven years ago agreed to go on a date with me’, before referencing diversity and inclusion in his speech.
The BAFTAs also paid tribute to stars including talk show host Jerry Springer, Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman and presenter and drag queen Paul O’Grady who have died over the last year.
Doctor Who actor Bernard Cribbins, comedian Barry Humphries, Hi-De-Hi! actress Ruth Madoc and Emmerdale star Dale Meeks were also named by the ceremony.
In a shocking upset, The Masked Singer beat Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing to win Best Entertainment Programme.
Presented by Doctor Who returnees David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Joe Lycett Vs Beckham: Got Your Back At Xmas won the TV Features award, thought the host was not present to accept,
The Memorable Moment TV BAFTA was given to Paddington Bear having tea with the late Queen during the Platinum Jubilee: Party At The Palace celebrations on the BBC.
The Daytime award was given to The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit which saw the King, then Prince of Wales, take part.
Comedy legend Meera Syla placed a Bindi on her Bafta Fellowship award after taking to the stage to accept the coveted honour.
The coveted BAFTA Fellowship was given to comedy legend Meera Syal for her illustrious career.
BAFTA TV Awards Winners
Bad Sisters – WINNER
Ben Whishaw – This Is Going To Hurt – WINNER
Chaske Spencer – The English
Cillian Murphy – Peaky Blinders
Gary Oldman – Slow Horses
Martin Freeman – The Responder
Billie Piper – I Hate Suzie Too
Imelda Staunton – The Crown
Kate Winslet – I Am Ruth – WINNER
Maxine Peake – Anne
Sarah Lancashire – Julia
Adeel Akhtar – Sherwood – WINNER
Jack Lowden – Slow Horse
Josh Finan – The Responder
Salim Daw – The Crown
Samuel Bottomley – Somewhere Boy
Will Sharpe – The White Lotus
Adelayo Adedayo – The Responder
Anne-Marie Duff – Bad Sisters – WINNER
Fiona Shaw – Andor
Jasmine Jobson – Top Boy
Lesley Manville – Sherwood
Saffron Hocking – Top Boy
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Daniel Radcliffe – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Jon Pointing – Big Boys
Joseph Gilgun – Brassic
Lenny Rush – Am I Being Unreasonable? – WINNER
Matt Berry – What We Do In The Shadows
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME
Daisy May Cooper – Am I Being Unreasonable?
Diane Morgan – Cunk On Earth
Lucy Beaumont – Meet The Richardsons
Nastasia Demetriou – Ellie & Natasia
Siobhán McSweeney – Derry Girls – WINNER
Taj Atwal – Hullraisers
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – WINNER
The White Lotus
A Spy Among Friends
Mood – WINNER
The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe
This Is Going To Hurt
I Am Ruth – WINNER
Life and Death In The Warehouse
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – WINNER
The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit – WINNER
THE P&O CRUISES MEMORABLE MOMENT AWARD
Platinum Jubilee: Party at the Palace – Paddington Meets The Queen
BAFTA SPECIAL AWARD
Professor David Olusoga OBE
COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME
Friday Night Live – WINNER
The Graham Norton Show
Would I Lie To You
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Later… With Jools Holland: Jool’s 30th Birthday Bash
The Masked Singer – WINNER
Strictly Come Dancing
Big Zuu – Big Zuu’s Big Eats
Claudia Winkleman – The Traitors – WINNER
Lee Mack – The 1% Club
Mo Gilligan – The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan
Rosie Jones – Rosie Jones’ Trip Hazard
Sue Perkins – Sue Perkins: Perfectly Legal
Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime
Libby, Are You Home Yet? – WINNER
Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi
Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing
Big Zuu’s Big Eats
Joe Lycett vs Beckham: Got Your Back at Xmas – WINNER
The Martin Lewis Money Show Livee
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
Concert for Ukraine
Platinum Jubilee: Party at the Palace – WINNER
The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II
Am I Being Unreasonable?
Derry Girls – WINNER
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL
Freddie Flintoff’s Field Of Dreams
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
The Traitors – WINNER
We are Black and British
SHORT FORM PROGRAMME
How To Be A Person – WINNER
Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
Escape From Kabul Airport
Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story
The Real Mo Farah – WINNER
SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA
Casualty – WINNER
AIDS: The Unheard TaPes
The Green Planet
How To Survive A Dictator with Munya Chawawa
Russia 1985-1999: Traumazone – WINNER
Afghanistan: No Country For Women
Children of the Taliban – WINNER
The Crossing (Exposure)
Mariupol: The People’s Story (Panorama)
BBC News at Ten: Russia Invades Ukraine
Channel 4 News: Live in Kyiv – WINNER
Good Morning Britain: Boris Johnson Interview
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