Standing ovation as Cilla Black honoured at Bafta TV awards

Detective drama Broadchurch leads field with three awards

The cast of Broadchurch at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Some of the small screen's biggest stars gathered for the TV Baftas on Sunday with big names including Olivia Colman, Ant and Dec and James Corden all walking the red carpet outside the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London's West End. Among the stars signing autographs and posing for pictures were EastEnders star Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman and Aaron Paul from cult US hit Breaking Bad.

Broadchurch, which was was named the best drama, took three awards. Its writer Chris Chibnall accepted the award for what he said was "a huge team " and praised the "greatest cast I could ever hope for". The show's Olivia Colman took the leading lady award. Bursting into tears on stage she said: "Oh sorry, not cool" and hailed Chibnall "a f****** genius". David Bradley, who was named best supporting actor for his role in the show, said it had "just became a kind of phenomenon" and praised Chibnall for "keeping all the plates twirling in the air". Chibnall himself said he had been "pessimistic" about the show's chances of winning and was already "focused" on the next series.

The Bafta for female performance in a comedy programme went to Katherine Parkinson for The IT Crowd. Her co-star Richard Ayoade won the award for male performance in a comedy programme and joked that he hoped it would inspire "other nasal men with no facial expression".

Channel 4's Bedlam won the Bafta for factual series, followed by the Radio Times Audience Award – voted for by the public – which went to Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor. Breaking Bad was named best international show


The award for single drama went to Channel 4's Complicit – about the torture of terrorism suspects. Coronation Street was presented with the award for Best Soap, before Ross Kemp presented the Bafta for specialist factual programme to David Attenborough for his Natural History Museum Alive 3D.

The award for comedy and comedy entertainment programme went to A League of Their Own. Last Tango in Halifax star Sarah Lancashire was named best supporting actress and Gogglebox won the Bafta for reality and constructed factual.

BBC Three's Him and Her: The Wedding was named best sitcom, then Cilla Black picked up the Bafta Special award. The Blind Date presenter got a standing ovation. She said: "I'd like to say a very big thank you to Bafta for this special award. You know I've led a charmed life, I really have, I've worked with incredible people."

Other awards included the sport-and-live- event Bafta which went to Sky Sports coverage of day five of the first Ashes test and the current affairs gong which went to Channel 4's Dispatches Syria: Across the Lines. The Bafta for mini-series went to BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh, while The Murder Trial was named best single documentary. ITV's News at Ten won the award for news coverage for its work on the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Bafta winners:

Entertainment Programme: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
Sport and Live Event: The Ashes 2013, First Test, Day Five.
Current Affairs: Syria: Across The Lines (Dispatches).
Mini-series: In The Flesh.
Single Documentary: The Murder Trial.
News Coverage: ITV News At Ten: The Woolwich Attacks.
Features: Long Lost Family.
Soap and Continuing Drama: Coronation Street.
Specialist Factual: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D.
Supporting Actor: David Bradley, Broadchurch.
Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme: A League of Their Own.
Supporting Actress: Sarah Lancashire, Last Tango In Halifax
Reality and Constructed Factual: Gogglebox.
Situation Comedy: Him and Her.
Bafta Special Award: Cilla Black.
Drama Series: Broadchurch
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme: Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd.
International: Breaking Bad.
Single Drama: Complicit :
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme: Richard Ayoade, The IT Crowd.
Factual Series: Bedlam.
Radio Times Audience Award: Doctor Who Day of the Doctor.
Entertainment Performance: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
Leading Actress: Olivia Colman, Broadchurch.
Leading Actor: Sean Harris, Southcliffe.
Academy Fellowship: Julie Walters .
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