The evening’s most successful, and possibly most surprised, winner was actress Olivia Coleman who not only took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Accused but also won Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelbe. Olivia produced one of the best lines of the night when she apologised to her fellow female comedy award nominees when she said “I’m not even the funniest one in our own programme.”
Other winners who seemed a little taken aback by their awards included Best Actor winner Ben Whishaw who won for his role as Richard II in BBC2’s The Hollow Crown. Also more than a little stunned by her win was Sheridan Smith who took home the Best Actress award for her starring role in Mrs Biggs.
In the annual battle of the soaps the BBC won out this year with Eastenders beating off competition from Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Shameless.
Possibly the hottest contested contest of the night was for the Sport and Live Event award, although normally quite a popular category the stakes were raised hugely this year with 2012 seeing London host both the Olympics and the Paralympics. In the end it was Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympic Games that took home the award.
Linking in with the Olympics and sporting theme one of the night’s biggest awards saw Clare Balding win a BAFTA Special Award. The presenter seemed to be on our screens for most of last summer and yet nobody got bored of listening to her commentary on the Olympics and Paralympics.
The other special award of the evening went to former Monty Python star turned travel commentator Michael Palin who took home the evening’s biggest award the BAFTA Fellowship.
With regard to the fashion highs and lows of the evening the evening’s winners included Sienna Miller who won plenty of plaudits for her classy but understated outfit. Another fashion winner was tv presenter Jenni Falconer whose nude gown won her plenty of praise.
Narrowly avoiding a wardrobe malfunction was Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh who had trouble keeping her high slit gown from opening up in the strong wind.
The jury is still out on Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly’s see-through outfit with some commentators worrying that she is moving a little too close to Cher territory with her choice of award outfits these days.