BAFTA TV Awards 2023 WINNERS: ‘I want to cry and throw up’: Tearful Kate Winslet pays tribute to her daughter and co-star Mia as she scoops Best Actress for I Am Ruth – while newcomer The Traitors triumphs with TWO big wins
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Kate Winslet, Ben Whishaw and The Traitors were among the big winners at the 2023 British Academy Television Awards with P&O Cruises at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
The star-studded ceremony saw the best and brightest of British TV descend on the capital, with Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganatha acting as hosts for the evening.
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.
Emotional! Kate Winslet, Ben Whishaw and The Traitors were among the big winners at the 2023 British Academy Television Awards with P&O Cruises at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday
Riding high! 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
Lauded! Ben Whishaw, who won critical acclaim for his performance as NHS junior Adam Kay in This Is Going To Hurt, was awarded the Best Actor prize
Taking to the stage to accept her honour, Kate, said ‘(I am) guaranteed to be the one of the night to cry, I can’t see (my speech).’
She added that ‘small British television dramas can be mighty’ and mental health stories such as this one ‘need to be heard’.
She said: ‘If I could break it in half, I would give the other half to my daughter Mia Threapleton, we did this together, kiddo.’
Winslet added: ‘To people in power, please criminalise harmful content, we don’t want it… to any young person long person listening please ask for help, It will be there just ask for it.’
Earlier in the evening, Kate and Mia also took to the stage as I Am Ruth was awarded Best Single Drama.
Ben Whishaw, 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.’
Moving! While taking to the stage to accept her honour, Kate broke down in tears before paying tribute to her co-star and daughter Mia Threapleton
Moving: The pair starred in the drama about a mother and her 14-year-old daughter, whose mental health is gravely affected by the dangers of social media
Important: Winslet added: ‘To people in power, please criminalise harmful content, we don’t want it… to any young person long person listening please ask for help, It will be there just ask for it’
Heartbreaking: Kate also broke down in tears as she accepted the award for Single Drama for I Am Ruth
Moving: The Oscar winner appeared in the Channel 4 drama alongside her daughter Mia Threapleton
Honoured: 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’
BAFTA TV Awards: Winners at a glance
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME – Siobhan McSweeney – Derry Girls
REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL – The Traitors
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME – Lenny Rush – Am I Being Unreasonable?
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME – The Masked Singer
SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Anne-Marie Duff – Bad Sisters
SINGLE DRAMA – I Am Ruth
FEATURES – Joe Lycett vs Beckham: Got Tour Back At Xmas
DRAMA SERIES – Bad Sisters
SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA – Casualty
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE – Claudia Winkleman – The Traitors
P&O CRUISES MEMORABLE MOMENT – Platinum Jubilee – Party at the Palace Paddington meets the Queen
SUPPORTING ACTOR – Adeel Akhtar – Sherwood
LEADING ACTOR – Ben Whishaw – This Is Going To Hurt
LEADING ACTRESS – Kate Winslet – I Am Ruth
SCRIPTED COMEDY – Derry Girls
SPECIAL AWARD – David Olusoga
FELLOWSHIP – Meera Syal
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’.
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.
It wasn’t the only award for the comedy, which came to an end with its third series last year, as it also received the award for Best Scripted Comedy Programme.
In the humorous speech, which she said in double speed given the short time given, she said: ‘So I’ve been warned not to do a political statement, so as my mother laid dying in Cork, one of the very last things she said to me was would I not consider retraining as a teacher. If she could see me now, getting a Bafta for playing a teacher. Joke’s on you.’
She also thanked Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee ‘for not listening to me when I said I could play all the girls parts’ and she also thanked Channel 4, adding ‘you have my devotion’.
McSweeney added: ‘To the people in Derry, thank you taking me into your hearts and living room, despite the ignorance of your so-called leaders in Dublin, Stormont and Westminster. Into the words of my beloved Sister Michael, ‘its time they started to wise up’.
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’.
She also thanked the BBC and referenced the meeting where commissioning editors agreed to make the show saying: ‘We are going to Scotland, we’re going to use the word murder – are you okay with that?’
Things got even better for Claudia, as later that evening she received the Entertainment Performance award for hosting The Traitors.
The presenter, 51, said she did not want to get emotional as her mascara ‘will run’ before asking her husband: ‘Please, can we have a dog?’
She also ‘thanked’ her mother and father and said it was ‘for you’ before saying: ‘You can’t have it… no, but you can touch it.’
Lenny Rush took home the award for Best Male Comedy Performance for his lauded performance in Am I Being Unreasonable?
Over the moon! 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’
Sensational! She also thanked the BBC and referenced the meeting where commissioning editors agreed to make the show saying: ‘We are going to Scotland, we’re going to use the word murder – are you okay with that?’
What an honour! Things got even better for Claudia, as later that evening she received the Entertainment Performance award for hosting The Traitors
Riding high! The presenter, 51, said she did not want to get emotional as her mascara ‘will run’ before asking her husband: ‘Please, can we have a dog?’
WHO won? In a shocking upset, The Masked Singer beat Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing to win Best Entertainment Programme
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
Stellar! Siobhan McSweeney won her first BAFTA TV award for best female performance in a comedy programme, for playing Sister Michael in the Channel 4 programme Derry Girls
Wow! She also thanked Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee ‘for not listening to me when I said I could play all the girls parts’ and she also thanked Channel 4, adding ‘you have my devotion’
She won! Anne-Marie Duff won the Supporting Actress Award for the Apple TV+ comedy Bad Sisters, and said she was ‘completely shocked’ as thanked the cast and production team
What a prize! She added that TV is a ‘political arena’ and said she had a message to people at home
What a showman! 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.
She added that TV is a ‘political arena’ and said she had a message to people at home.
Duff said: ‘If someone… is in their life who is bullying them who is telling them that who they are is wrong, that what they are isn’t enough… I am telling you now you are everything.’
It was a huge night for the Irish Apple TV+ drama, which also won the award for Drama Series.
Adeel Akhtar received Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sherwood.
The 42-year-old 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.
He said looking around the ceremony at ‘all the different types of people telling different types of stories’ and honouring Meera Syal with a Bafta Fellowship said it ‘feels a little bit like a miracle’.
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.
Host of the ITV show Joel Dommett said in his speech: ‘I really didn’t expect this, Strictly normally wins everything. Thank you so much to ITV firstly for believing in this silly show, it is so silly and it’s so wonderful, it has brightened up so many families and homes.
‘It is such a joy to make. All of the crew love making it. Thank you to all of the celebrities who have been on the show.’
They’re back! Ahead of their long-awaited return to Doctor Who for its 60th Anniversary this autumn, David Tennant and Catherine Tate took to the stage to accept an award
Still? The duo were pick to poke fun at the fact that they are yet to win a BAFTA
Cheeky: Joe Lycett, 34, took a swipe at Holly Willoughby ‘feud’ with This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield during his acceptance speech, which was read out by a producer
Honoured! Comedy legend Meera Syla placed a Bindi on her Bafta Fellowship Award after taking to the stage to accept the coveted honour
Lauded: The Kumars at Number 42 star told a heartwarming tale about her late father’s journey to Britain, and how it led her to acting and comedy success
What a win! Winner of Best Daytime was The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit which saw the King, then Prince of Wales, take part, and host Jay Blades took to the stage to receive the gong
Victorious! Ben Elton later took to the stage to accept for Comedy Entertainment Programme for the lauded return of Friday Night Live
Judge Mo Gilligan said: ‘People tied to mock it when it first came out, and now it has won a Bafta. It is great escapism…people at home don’t want to watch something depressing. We are just the faces of it, aren’t we Joel?’
Presented by Doctor Who returnees David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Joe Lycett Vs Beckham: Got Your Back At Xmas won the TV Features award.
The Channel 4 special of his show featured a stunt in which he threated to destroy £10,000 of his own money unless David Beckham pulled out of his deal with World Cup hosts Qatar, where homosexuality is still illegal.
Lycett later revealed he had not destroyed the cash through a shredder.
A statement from Lycett was read out on stagwhich said: ‘I’m sorry to not be there, but according to my PR team I have shingles.’
The refence to the conditions appears to be about presenter Holly Willoughby who revealed she had shingles before taking time off from This Morning due to the illness.
Comedian Lycett then thanked his team before ‘dedicating’ the award to ‘people still being oppressed in Qatar’.
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.
Actor Simon Farnaby, who played a footman in the video and went on stage to accept the gong, called the segment a ‘lovingly handcrafted moment’ that also served as ‘a farewell’ to the longest serving British monarch.
Farnaby added: ‘She had a very joyful Jubilee tea that day… The person who most deserve this award is no longer with us, we can only accept it on her behalf and say ‘Thank you, mam, for everything.’
The Daytime award was given to The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit which saw the King, then Prince of Wales, take part.
Arriving on stage, Jay Blades said: ‘Wow, just give me two seconds, I have to take a picture, it’s quite special. We started as a daytime show on BBC Two, I’m so glad we’ve got an (award).’
Blades added that it was the ‘first time’ that a ‘six-foot black guy, from Hackney, (with a) gold tooth, (from a) single parent’ was presented with an award for daytime TV.
Comedy legend Meera Syla placed a Bindi on her Bafta Fellowship award after taking to the stage to accept the coveted honour.
The comedian and actress, 61, praised her ‘wonderful parents’ and said ‘as a chubby brown kid from Wolverhampton I got othered a lot’.
Savage! Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan took digs at the BBC, the Gary Lineker controversy and the furore over Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘s visit to the late Queen’s lying in state as they opened the show
Tense: It comes after it was confirmed earlier on Sunday that Holly and Phil (pictured together on the show) will both appear on This Morning tomorrow, despite reports their friendship has completely broken down amid a tense 48 hours of talks
Brutal! The comedians kicked off the ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night, with shows including The Crown, This Is Going To Hurt and Bad Sisters battling it out
Lavish! Stars descended on London’s Royal Festival Hall for the star-studded ceremony
In her speech she said: ‘I know this represents change we all know we have work to do, we all stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and giants.
‘The untold stories are the ones that change us…please keep going, I see you, thank you so much Bafta for tonight seeing us.’
Libby, Are you Home Yet? Won Factual Series; Specialist Factual was won by Russia 1985-1999: Traumazone; News Coverage was presented to Channel 4 News: Live in Kyiv and Children of the Taliban won Current Affairs. Short Form was won by How to Be a Person and International went to Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
Hosts Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan took digs at the BBC, the Gary Lineker controversy and the furore over Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s visit to the late Queen’s lying in state as they opened the awards with a string of edgy jokes.
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