BAFTA: The good, the unworthy and the baffling.

by | May 19, 2014 | All, Reviews, TV News

Last night saw the 2014 BAFTA TV awards. I don’t want to brag but I had a great seat. From my carefully place vantage point I could see all the star in their impressive outfits and, as a really bonus, from where I was sat I had the power to fast forward through all the awards that didn’t interest me. That’s right, I watched the glamorous London based awards from the comfort of my sofa, in layabout clothes with a steady supply of drink and biscuits.

I don’t normally watch Award ceremonies. By their very nature they’re over long and self indulgent, but I do feel the BAFTA TV Awards are for me. I find it exciting to look back over a year of great TV and see all my favourite stars accept their gongs (I hate that word but didn’t want to say awards again really). So, let’s have a look at the most surprising and deserving winners.

Leading Actor

Jamie Dornan – The Fall

Sean Harris- Southcliffe –WINNER! 

Luke Newberry – In the Flesh

Dominic West – Burton And Taylor

Personally I would’ve loved to see newcomer Luke Newberry win for In The Flesh. The shows deserves all the attention it can get, what with BBC3’s impending departure from our telly boxes. Southcliffe was a dark and brooding piece that never really sucked me in, but in a quite frankly week category that cruelly snubbed the likes of David Tennant and Idris Elba Sean deserved the win.

Leading Actress

Helena Bonham Carter – Burton and Taylor

Olivia Colman – Broadchurch -WINNER!

Kerrie Hayes – The Mill

Maxine Peake – The Village

Agree? Of course! Whilst Kerrie Hayes and Maxine both delivered powerful performances in their equally bleak period dramas, Colman was truly phenomenal in ITV’s Broadchurch. When I think of Broadchurch in years to come I’ll still think of Olivia’s performance first.

Supporting Actor

David Bradley – Broadchurch –WINNER!

Jerome Flynn – Ripper Street

Nico Mirallegro – The Village

Rory Kinnear – Southcliffe

This was a surprise, but a pleasant one. David Bradley has been a fixture of strong drama for as long as I can remember and it was lovely to see him recognised. It’s about time we honoured special actors like this.

Supporting Actress

Shirley Henderson – Southcliffe

Sarah Lancashire – Last Tango in Halifax –WINNER!

Claire Rushbrook – My Mad Fat Diary

Nicola Walker – Last Tango in Halifax

In much the same way as I felt about David Bradley I’d’ve loved to haven seen Nicola Walker gushing up there for this one but Sarah’s performance was brilliant too. I’ll be annoyed if she’s not up there next year lapping up all the attention for her stunning performance in Happy Valley.

Entertainment Performance

Ant & Dec – Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway –WINNER!

Charlie Brooker – 10 O’Clock Live

Sarah Millican – The Sarah Millican Television Programme

Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show

I’m a real sucker for Ant & Dec I love to see them win because they always come across so genuinely pleased and humble. Saturday Night Takeway is an example of proper family entertainment and we don’t have enough of that at the moment.

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Frances De La Tour – Vicious

Kerry Howard – Him & Her: The Wedding

Doon Mackichan – Plebs

Katherine Parkinson – The IT Crowd –WINNER!

I don’t believe Parkinson should’ve even been nominated in that single episode. I was certain Kerry Howard would win for her wonderfully scathing performance as venomous Laura in Him & Her. Howard inhabits that character and was truly deserving of her moment. Parkinson’s  performance as Jen in The IT Crowd is never really noteworthy.

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Richard Ayoade – The IT Crowd –WINNER!

Mathew Baynton – The Wrong Mans

James Corden – The Wrong Mans

Chris O’Dowd – The IT Crowd

Again, I think this was BAFTA’s way of bidding a fond farewell to the IT Crowd but Matthew Banyton should’ve won this for The Wrong Mans.

Single Drama

An Adventure in Space & Time

Black Mirror: Be Right Back

Complicit –WINNER!

The Wipers Times

This really caught me by surprise. Complicit was over long and forgettable, I was certain An Adventure in Space & Time would wipe the floor with the quite frankly dull completion here. Tony Ground’s moving single drama Our Girl over annoyingly overlooked in this category and they chose the wrong Black Mirror episode in my opinion.


The Fall

The Great Train Robbery

In The Flesh –WINNER!


Unlike the previous winner I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Southcliffe and The Fall had a lot more attention than In the Flesh last year but again, it’s nice to see shows like this get some recognition.

Drama Series

Broadchurch –WINNER!

My Mad Fat Diary

Top Of The Lake

The Village

If you visited the site last year you’ll be well aware of my affection for Broadchurch. I’m already feeling slightly giddy about what series 2 can deliver.



Breaking Bad –WINNER!

House of Cards

The Returned

I understand this has become a worldwide obsession but it’s one that’s passed my by. Personally I think BAFTA has been swallowed up by the hype when really The Returned should’ve been recognised. I know that viewpoint will make me unpopular but if it’s the TV awards then I think you have to reward the makers of TV and not online platforms like Netflix.

Comedy And Comedy Entertainment Programme

The Graham Norton Show

A League of their Own –WINNER!

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Would I Lie To You?

Another real surprise. I don’t really understand why this won if I’m honest. I think Graham Norton or Would I Lie To You were far more deserving. This one truly baffles me.

Situation Comedy

Count Arthur Strong

Him & Her: The Wedding –WINNER!

The IT Crowd

Toast of London

Finally! It’s a shame it has taken till its final run to get the recognition this hidden gem is worthy of. As much as I love Him & Her I hope the win doesn’t prompt them to do any more as I was so satisfied by the ending last year.

Factual Series

Bedlam –WINNER!

Educating Yorkshire

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day

The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads

If I were a betting man there’s a chance I could be a lot poorer this afternoon. Whilst Bedlam offered a fascinating insight into the treatment of mental health I would’ve bet everything I own on the Educating Yorkshire clan making another moving speech as they collected their award. It baffles me how this missed out. When I think back on 2013 I will think of Broadchurch and Educating Yorkshire. I think BAFTA got this one completely wrong.

Reality & Constructed Factual

The Big Reunion

Dragons’ Den

Gogglebox –WINNER!

The Undateables

Very pleased with this one! If Gogglebox stays true to its ethos it has show the families watching the ceremony and reacting to the win in the final episode of this series on Friday. My only concern with Gogglebox getting all this attention is that it will start to feel less genuine, but I’m chuffed it won.

Radio Times Audience Award

(Voted For By Members Of The Public)

Breaking Bad


Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor –WINNER!

Educating Yorkshire


The Great British Bake Off

To quote Lemar ‘if there’s any justice in the world’ this should have gone to Educating Yorkshire!! Sadly the people who vote for this award tend to live online and so Doctor Who was a shoe in from the word go.

The Other Awards

Entertainment Programme

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway –WINNER!

Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery

Dynamo: Magician Impossible

Strictly Come Dancing

Soap & Continuing Drama


Coronation Street –WINNER!


Holby City

Specialist Factual

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive –WINNER!

Martin Luther King and the March on Washington

Richard III: The King in the Car Park

Story of the Jews

Single Documentary

28Up South Africa

The Day Kennedy Died

The Murder Trial –WINNER!

The Unspeakable Crime: Rape


The Choir: Sing While You Work

Grand Designs

The Great British Bake Off

Long Lost Family –WINNER!

Current Affairs

The Cruel Cut

The Hunt For Britain’s Sex Gangs (Dispatches)

North Korea: Life Inside the Secret State (Dispatches)

Syria: Across The Lines (Dispatches) –WINNER!

News Coverage

Channel 4 News

ITV News At Ten: Woolwich Attacks –WINNER!

North West Tonight Special: The Dale Cregan Verdict

ITV Granada Reports: The Lee Rigby Trial

Sport & Live Event

Bollywood Carmen Live

Glastonbury 2013

The Ashes 2013 – 1st Test, Day 5 –WINNER!

Wimbledon Men’s Final

On the whole the awards served as a good reminder of how strong a year 2013 was and the continuing relevance of television as a medium.

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