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Strictly Come Dancing wins first BAFTA

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Strictly Come Dancing wins first BAFTA

'Strictly Come Dancing' picked up its first ever TV BAFTA Award tonight (08.05.16).

The BBC celebrity dance contest beat out the likes of 'Britain's Got Talent', the 'TFI Friday Anniversary Special' and 'Adele At The BBC' to take home the Best Entertainment Programme award, much to the surprise of hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

Tess said they were "genuinely shocked" as they took to the stage at London's Festival Hall to pick up the prize.

She added: "This is the most incredible honour, we have never won a BAFTA before and it honestly means the world to all of us so thank you to everybody at BAFTA."

Meanwhile, Claudia joked she "regretted the three tequilas" she had had but it seemed they had set her up well for the night ahead.

She added: "Huge thanks to the producers, the judges and our amazing dancers, we cannot believe it. We're going out for five days after this."

Elsewhere at the prestigious ceremony, 'This Is England 90' picked up two prizes, taking the Best Mini-Series prize, as well as Best Supporting Actress for Chanel Cresswell, who reprised her role as troubled Kelly.

Director Shane Meadows said as he picked up the mini-series award: "This was probably the end of 'This Is England' and you kind of dream of how you are going to finish something and this was the dream you had, was to come to the BAFTAs, the last chance to win something for something you love."

Peter Kay also scooped two awards for his 'Peter Kay's Car Share' programme, picking up Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme and Best Scripted Comedy.

And another double winner was 'Wolf Hall', which was named Best Drama Series, while its star Mark Rylance scooped Best Actor.

'The Great British Bake Off' picked up its third BAFTA, having previously triumphed in both 2012 and 2013, with judge Mary Berry picking up the Best Feature award along with 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain.

Mary said: "Thank you BAFTA.

"I'm not normally in charge up here but tonight Paul, Mel and Sue have landed me in it. I love them dearly and miss them because we're all a team. It all started with a bit of baking in a tent. The program is all about wonderful amateur bakers making fantastic cake. So thank you Anna Beattie for creating the 'Bake Off' and the BBC for commissioning a show that we are enormously proud of."

Other winners at the ceremony - which was hosted by Graham Norton - included 'Doctor Foster' star Suranne Jones, who was named Best Actress, 'EastEnders', which scooped Best Soap & Continuing Drama, and 'First Dates', which took home the Best Reality & Constructed Factual prize.

Lenny Henry was honoured with The Special Award in Honour of Alan Clarke, while Ray Galton and Alan Simpson - who wrote the likes of 'Steptoe and Son' and 'Hancock's Half-Hour' received the Academy's highest honour, the Fellowship.

BAFTA TV Awards 2016 full list of winners:

Best Actor:

Mark Rylance, 'Wolf Hall'

Best Actress:

Suranne Jones, 'Doctor Foster'

Best Supporting Actor:

Tom Courtenay, 'Unforgotten'

Best Supporting Actress:

Chanel Cresswell, 'This is England '90'

Best Mini-series:

'This is England '90'

Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme:

'Have I Got News for You'

Best Entertainment Programme:

'Strictly Come Dancing'

Best Entertainment Performance:

Graham Norton, 'The Graham Norton Show'

Best Reality & Constructed Factual:

'First Dates'

Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme:

Michaela Coel, 'Chewing Gum'

Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme:

Peter Kay, 'Peter Kay's Car Share'

Best International Programme:


Best Drama Series:

'Wolf Hall'

Best Single Drama:

'Don't Take My Baby'

Best Soap & Continuing Drama:


Best Factual Series:

'The Murder Detectives'

Best Feature:

'The Great British Bake Off'

Best Single Documentary:

'My Son the Jihadi'

Best Specialist Factual:

'Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners'

News Coverage:

'Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre'

Best Current Affairs Coverage:

'Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola' (This World)

Best Scripted Comedy:

'Peter Kay's Car Share'


'The Ashes'

Live Event:

'Big Blue Live'

Radio Times Audience Award:


The Special Award in Honour of Alan Clarke:

Lenny Henry

The Fellowship:

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson