Arts, Entertainment & Media

2016 TV BAFTA’s Review

Suranne Jones and Tom Hiddleston had a productive evening. Image: @BAFTA Click through to reach the BAFTA Twitter account.

Suranne Jones and Tom Hiddleston had a productive evening. Image: @BAFTA Click through to reach the BAFTA Twitter account.

The glitz and glamour of the TV Baftas honoured our screens last night.

The biggest event in TV was held at The Royal Festival Hall, in London.

With Hollywood’s hottest imports, daring dresses and political acceptance speeches.

Not to mention the charismatic host Graham Norton.

The Winners

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, presented the Best Drama award to ‘Wolf Hall’ director Peter Kosminsky.

A standing ovation was received by Kominsky, for his acceptance speech.

He expressed fierce opposition to the proposal being advanced for the BBC, by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

They include a largely government appointed executive that will replace the BBC Trust.

Peter Kominsky said:

It’s not their BBC, it’s your BBC. We should stand up and fight for it and not let it go by default and if we don’t it will be gone. It’s time for us to stand up and say no to this dangerous nonsense.

Throughout the dazzling night, over half of the awards went to BBC.

Apart from celebrating the stars of today, time was taken to reflect on some of the names, lost in the past year, including Sir Terry Wogan, Cilla Black, Ronnie Corbett and Victoria Wood.

Another celebrated winner of the night, was former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones, for her critically acclaimed performance in Doctor Foster, as broken GP Gemma Foster.

Miss Jones won Best Actress for the role, beating Sheridan Smith’s performance as cancer patient Lisa Lynch, in The C Word.

For his depiction of Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance, added a ‘Best Actor’ award, to his collection received this year.

The Radio Times audience award, was given to the period drama Poldark.

2016 is the first time Strictly Come Dancing has won an award, for the best entertainment show, since starting 12 years ago.

The BAFTA special award was presented by Adrian Lester with poise and elegance to Sir Lenny Henry for his contribution to television.

I only wished the clips of Lenny Henry’s career included more of his serious work, rather than just a nod to his early work, comedy sketches and Comic Relief.

Lenny Henry, amongst other award winners, used his speech to talk about the changes which need to be made in terms of diversity on British television.

He said:

I’m working on things and trying to bring about change, but I can’t do it all on my own. We need to invest in these programmes, in rainbow casting, in all of the great black writers, producers and directors who make these programmes. And these shoudn’t just be niche programmes – they must be about things we can all to relate to.

Best Actress: Suranne Jones, Dr Foster

Best Actor: Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Drama Series: Wolf Hall

Entertainment Show: Strictly Come Dancing

Radio Times audience award: Poldark

Features: Bake Off

Scripted comedy: Peter Kay’s Car Share

Best Soap: EastEnders

Reality: First Dates

Mini Series: This is England ’90

Factual Series: The Murder Detectives

News Coverage: C4 News for Paris  Massacre

Sport: The Ashes

Male Performance in a comedy: Peter Kay

Female Performance in a comedy: Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum

Single drama: Don’t Take My Baby

The Fashion

Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, who’s 37, stole the show, in a daring and  shimmering yellow fishtail gown, with a new shade of blonde hair.

Her fellow judge Amanda Holden, who’s 45, was also in a shimmery dress in white, with silver sequins.

47 year old Strictly Come Dancing Judge Tess Daly wore a white one-shoulder Galvan dress, with a thigh-high split.

The fashion faux Pas

Radio Presenter Fearne Cotton, who’s 34, wore a frumpy and ill-fitted yellow dress, which didn’t flatter the slim mother of two’s frame whatsoever.

36 year old Caroline Flack wore a low-cut black jumpsuit, which looked misshaped and out of place, for such a stunning event.

A nice surprise

It seemed Luther star Idris Elba, who’s 43, arrived alongside his former girlfriend, make-up artist Naiyana Garth.

The were hand in hand last night, despite their split in February.

Since then Elba has been romantically linked to supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Miss Garth, who is 15 years younger than Idris, began dating in 2013.

She then became pregnant with their son.

Reports state their split had been brought about by Elba’s career taking off and Miss Garth being unable to fly around the globe for his career.

However, last night it seemed the pair were rather ‘loved-up’ with nothing but smiles and affection at the awards ceremony.

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