TV Triumphs – Bafta Television Awards 2008
Watching award ceremonies on the telly never quite cuts it, does it? You always kind of wish you were there drinking bucket loads of champagne so that the cringe-worthy/boring moments pass you by and the jokes seem all round funnier. Indeed, last night was that time of year again when the stars of the small screen strutted their stuff on the rosy carpet at the London Palladium for the Bafta Television Awards, hoping to get snapped looking respectable before the celebrations commenced. Hosted by Graham Norton, the ceremony paid homage to Britain’s finest crop of TV shows.
Among the hopefuls, Gavin and Stacey writer/actor James Corden found himself frequenting the stage second only to Graham, picking up Best Comedy Performance and Audience Award for the hit comedy series. The same was true for Harry Hill, whose popular Harry Hill’s TV Burp won him the best Entertainment Performance and Best Entertainment Programme. This came much to the relief of a massive following, who have long been expecting recognition for the comedian whilst his show has been shoved around ITV’s schedule in teatime and late night openings.
TV prodigy, eighty year old Bruce Forsyth was presented with the Academy Fellowship. Upon receiving the esteemed recognition he said, “Bafta, this is as good as it gets. Thank you so much for the wonderful, wonderful honour”.
Other winners included Peep Show for Best Situation Comedy and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares for Best Feature.
Another year of self-congratulating over, no doubt the celebs stumbled on to the after party, no-one leaving empty-handed – either eagerly clutching a shiny golden mask or self-pityingly swinging an abused champagne flute to continue the back-patting/bitching elsewhere.
Key Bafta winners:
The Fellowship Award: Bruce Forsyth
Best Actor: Andrew Garfield, Boy A
Best Actress: Eileen Atkins, Cranford
Best Entertainment Performance: Harry Hill, Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Best Comedy Performance: James Corden, Gavin & Stacey
Best Drama Series: The Street
Best Continuing Drama: Holby City
Best Entertainment Programme: Harry Hill’s TV Burp
Best Situation Comedy: Peep Show
Best Comedy Programme: Fonejacker
Audience award: Gavin & Stacey
Best Feature: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares