It has received high praise from critics and viewers alike, after Netflix ploughed a whopping £100million into its creation. 

But hit series The Crown was somewhat snubbed by the TV BAFTAs, after it failed to collect any of its five nominations at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night.

The series itself and Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, were both pipped to the post in the prestigious Lead Actress and Drama Series categories by BBC’s Happy Valley and its star Sarah Lancashire – sparking outrage among fans. 

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Unexpected: The Crown was somewhat snubbed by the TV BAFTAs, after it failed to collect any of its five nominations at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night

Unexpected: The Crown was somewhat snubbed by the TV BAFTAs, after it failed to collect any of its five nominations at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday night

As the most expensive TV series ever be made, The Crown was tipped to find huge success at the 2017 BAFTAs, after scoring nominations for Lead Actress, Drama Series, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.

However fans of the hit show were left outraged on Sunday night after the show, which follows the reign of a young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, failed to score any prizes. 

Claire Foy lost out on her big acting award to Sarah Lancashire, who plays Sgt Catherine Cawood in the popular BBC drama Happy Valley – which also went on to win best Drama Series. 

Stealing the show: The series itself and Claire Foy were pipped to the post  by BBC's Happy Valley and its star Sarah Lancashire - while Joanna Lumley (above) was the lead winner

Stealing the show: The series itself and Claire Foy were pipped to the post  by BBC's Happy Valley and its star Sarah Lancashire - while Joanna Lumley (above) was the lead winner

Stealing the show: The series itself and Claire Foy were pipped to the post  by BBC’s Happy Valley and its star Sarah Lancashire – while Joanna Lumley (above) was the lead winner

Vanessa Kirby, who plays Elizabeth’s younger sister Princess Margaret on the show, then lost out to Wunmi Mosaku on the night, for her powerful performance in the BBC’s Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

John Lithgow and Jared Harris then lost out in the Supporting Actor category for their roles as Winston Churchill and King George VI, to Tom Hollander for his role in The Night Manager. 

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to express their outrage at the results – and speculate whether the outcome would have been different if the series was not aired on the streaming site.

One disgruntled fan wrote: ‘Shameful that #TheCrown didn’t win a single tonight but let’s face it, it was far too British to stand a chance this year.’

Not impressed: Viewers immediately took to Twitter to express their outrage at the results

Not impressed: Viewers immediately took to Twitter to express their outrage at the results

Not impressed: Viewers immediately took to Twitter to express their outrage at the results

While another questioned: ‘How did #TheCrown win zero #BAFTAs tonight? Delighted for Sarah Lancashire and Phoebe Waller-Bridge anyway?’ 

Others chimed in: ‘#BAFTAS you’re nuts this year! No #WarAndPeace and no #TheCrown awards. WTH’ and ‘I am stunned #TheCrown didn’t get anything though. Superb television’, as another wrote in outrage: ‘Claire Foy was robbed #TheCrown’

Further fans wondered whether the result would have been different if it was aired on UK television, writing: ‘Wonder how many #BAFTAs @TheCrownNetflix would of won if it was shown on the BBC,ITV or C4?’

 

 

 

Interesting: Further fans wondered whether the result would have been different if it was aired on UK television

Interesting: Further fans wondered whether the result would have been different if it was aired on UK television

Interesting: Further fans wondered whether the result would have been different if it was aired on UK television

Woman of the hour: While the hit Netflix show was snubbed however, Sarah Lancashire was quick to pay tribute to the series during her acceptance speech for the Lead Actress gong

Woman of the hour: While the hit Netflix show was snubbed however, Sarah Lancashire was quick to pay tribute to the series during her acceptance speech for the Lead Actress gong

Woman of the hour: While the hit Netflix show was snubbed however, Sarah Lancashire was quick to pay tribute to the series during her acceptance speech for the Lead Actress gong

As another agreed:  ‘#BAFTAS not every one has #netflix if #TheCrown had been in itv/bbc it would of wiped the floor! brilliant series’ 

While the hit Netflix show was snubbed however, Sarah Lancashire was quick to pay tribute to the series during her acceptance speech for the Lead Actress gong.

James Nesbitt had announced Sarah as the winner at the very end of the show, beating Claire as well as Thirteen’s Jodie Comer and NW’s Nikki Amuka-Bird. 

Clearly overwhelmed, she began her speech by admitting: ‘I can’t breathe!’, as the crowd continued to cheer and clap her role as tough police officer Catherine in the drama.

Speechless: Clearly overwhelmed, she began her speech by admitting: 'I can't breathe!', as the crowd continued to cheer and clap her role as Sgt. Catherine Cawood in the drama

Speechless: Clearly overwhelmed, she began her speech by admitting: 'I can't breathe!', as the crowd continued to cheer and clap her role as Sgt. Catherine Cawood in the drama

Speechless: Clearly overwhelmed, she began her speech by admitting: ‘I can’t breathe!’, as the crowd continued to cheer and clap her role as Sgt. Catherine Cawood in the drama

In awe: The actress then paid tribute to rival nominee Claire Foy as she wrapped up her thanks, explaining: 'And Claire, you have given me the best ten hours under a duvet that I've ever had'

In awe: The actress then paid tribute to rival nominee Claire Foy as she wrapped up her thanks, explaining: 'And Claire, you have given me the best ten hours under a duvet that I've ever had'

In awe: The actress then paid tribute to rival nominee Claire Foy as she wrapped up her thanks, explaining: ‘And Claire, you have given me the best ten hours under a duvet that I’ve ever had’

Admitting it was a ‘privilege to work alongside such a wonderful group of actors’ and thanking her directors however, the actress then paid tribute to rival nominee Claire as she wrapped up her thanks.

Explaining she was a fan of Netflix series herself, she said: ‘And Claire, you have given me the best ten hours under a duvet that I’ve ever had. Thank you.’

The BBC dominated at the ceremony, winning 19 of the 25 awards and unlike last year, when the so-called ‘luvvies’ used their acceptance speeches to defend the BBC ahead of its charter renewal, this year’s event was largely free of politics. 

Taking the lead: The Crown stars Claire and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith (R) as the beloved royals, and follows their journey into life as rulers from their wedding in 1947

Taking the lead: The Crown stars Claire and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith (R) as the beloved royals, and follows their journey into life as rulers from their wedding in 1947

Taking the lead: The Crown stars Claire and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith (R) as the beloved royals, and follows their journey into life as rulers from their wedding in 1947

Taking the lead: The Crown stars Claire and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith (R) as the beloved royals, and follows their journey into life as rulers from their wedding in 1947

Taking the lead: The Crown stars Claire and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith (R) as the beloved royals, and follows their journey into life as rulers from their wedding in 1947

Lavish: The first series, which debuted on Netflix last year, begins shortly before Elizabeth's accession in 1952

Lavish: The first series, which debuted on Netflix last year, begins shortly before Elizabeth's accession in 1952

Lavish: The first series, which debuted on Netflix last year, begins shortly before Elizabeth’s accession in 1952

Meanwhile The Crown was produced by streaming site Netflix, and follows Claire and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith as the beloved royals on their journey into life as rulers from their wedding in 1947, to the present day.

The first series of the royal drama made its debut on Netflix last year – and was immediately met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. 

Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the royal drama, which is currently intended to have six series – making it the most expensive TV show to date.  

Giving it everything: Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the royal drama, which is currently intended to have six series - making it the most expensive TV show to date

Giving it everything: Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the royal drama, which is currently intended to have six series - making it the most expensive TV show to date

Giving it everything: Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the royal drama, which is currently intended to have six series – making it the most expensive TV show to date

After finding such success, series two of The Crown started shooting last October, with Michael C. Hall and Jodi Balfour recruited to portray President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy. 

The Crown was overshadowed by a number of other big winners on the night however – with Joanna Lumley stealing the show when she was presented the coveted Fellowship award, by her close friend Jennifer Saunders.

The actress, 71, received a standing ovation as she was awarded the prestigious honour by her co-star at the Royal Festival Hall – before she went on to praise the ‘diverse’ acting industry that is her ‘paradise’, in her heartfelt speech.

Proud: Jennifer Saunders awarded her close friend Joanna Lumley the coveted Fellowship award at the 2017 TV BAFTAs on Sunday

I did it! The actress, 71, received a standing ovation as she was awarded the prestigious honour by her co-star  - before going on to praise the 'diverse' acting industry in her speech

I did it! The actress, 71, received a standing ovation as she was awarded the prestigious honour by her co-star  - before going on to praise the 'diverse' acting industry in her speech

I did it! The actress, 71, received a standing ovation as she was awarded the prestigious honour by her co-star – before going on to praise the ‘diverse’ acting industry in her speech

Glory days! The winners could not contain their joy as they all posed together with their famous gold masks as the evening came to an end

Jennifer, 58, wrapped up the exciting ceremony by presenting her close pal and Ab Fab co-star with the award.

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The comedienne began by paying a touching tribute to Joanna, who she has worked with for a number of decades, stating: ‘She’s the conformer’s non-conformer, she’s never been well behaved.

‘I am thankful she didn’t listen when she was told she could only play pretty parts, and I am thankful she ignored people who told her she couldn’t do comedy.’

Proud moment: The comedienne began by paying a touching tribute to Joanna, who she has worked with for a number of decades, stating: ‘She’s never been well behaved’

She then went on to refer to their iconic 90s sitcom Ab-Fab, which they even turned into a star-studded movie last year.

Jennifer continued in high praise: ‘Another example of Joanna making something of nothing was when I handed her some scrappy lines, and an unformed idea… and she alone created Patsy Stone’ – a statement met with huge cheers from the crowd.

Playing a lengthy selection of Joanna’s hilarious best bits, the former model then headed to stage to collect her prize, with the audience immediately rising to their feet.

High praise: She said of their Ab Fab success: 'Another example of Joanna making something of nothing was when I handed her some scrappy lines... and she alone created Patsy Stone'

High praise: She said of their Ab Fab success: 'Another example of Joanna making something of nothing was when I handed her some scrappy lines... and she alone created Patsy Stone'

High praise: She said of their Ab Fab success: ‘Another example of Joanna making something of nothing was when I handed her some scrappy lines… and she alone created Patsy Stone’

Woman of the hour: Playing a lengthy selection of Joanna’s hilarious best bits, the former model then headed to stage to collect her prize, with the audience rising to their feet

Meeting Jennifer with a tight embrace, the star embarked on a powerful speech in light of her honour – which praised both her sidekick, and the diverse acting industry that is her ‘paradise’. 

She began: ‘I’d sorted out a really fantastic speech which started off saying how unbelievably honoured I am to get this from the Academy, you don’t even dream of it.

‘But looking at those [best bits], I realise that I am like a piece of cellophane, laid over the industry. I am an actress, and we are lit and furnished with words and made up in costume, we have stunt doubles to make us look better.

Amazing: Meeting Jennifer onstage, embarked on a powerful speech in light of her honour – which praised both her sidekick, and the diverse acting industry that is her ‘paradise’

Surreal: She began: ‘I’d sorted out a really fantastic speech which started off saying how unbelievably honoured I am to get this from the Academy, you don’t even dream of it’

‘We have people who dress us and feed us, and then we arrive and sometimes people say, ‘You are so funny in that!’… and you say ‘Oh yes, thanks’ although its all somebody else!’ 

Met with giggles from the audience, she went on to praise the acting world by stating: ‘So this is paradise for me. I am in the company that I have wished keep ever since I was young.

‘I wanted to be with people who left race, religion, gender and shoe size outside the door.

Lifelong dream: She went on to praise the entertainment world by stating: ‘So this is paradise for me. I am in the company that I have wished keep ever since I was young’

Diverse: Complimenting the acting industry, she continued: ‘I wanted to be with people who left race, religion, gender and shoe size outside the door. I wanted to be in this great circus’

‘People who are in our profession don’t have those discriminations. I wanted to be in this great circus, in this fellowship.

‘And now, I’m standing here with my gorgeous family and beloved friends and I couldn’t be happier.’

With the crowd erupting into huge applause, Joanna then paid tribute to Jennifer, after finding such success with Ab Fab in 1992.

Dynamic duo: Joanna then paid tribute to Jennifer, after finding such success with Ab Fab in 1992, stating humbly: 'Jennifer,you write it. I just do it'

Dynamic duo: Joanna then paid tribute to Jennifer, after finding such success with Ab Fab in 1992, stating humbly: 'Jennifer,you write it. I just do it'

Dynamic duo: Joanna then paid tribute to Jennifer, after finding such success with Ab Fab in 1992, stating humbly: ‘Jennifer,you write it. I just do it’

Big finish: The actress then wrapped up her speech by taking on their famous Eddy and Patsy characters in the sitcom, stating in her iconic drawl: 'Cheers sweetie darlings, thanks a lot!'

Big finish: The actress then wrapped up her speech by taking on their famous Eddy and Patsy characters in the sitcom, stating in her iconic drawl: 'Cheers sweetie darlings, thanks a lot!'

Big finish: The actress then wrapped up her speech by taking on their famous Eddy and Patsy characters in the sitcom, stating in her iconic drawl: ‘Cheers sweetie darlings, thanks a lot!’

Proud: Joanna could not hide her joy as she posed with her award after the ceremony

Proud: Joanna could not hide her joy as she posed with her award after the ceremony

Proud: Joanna could not hide her joy as she posed with her award after the ceremony

Proud: Joanna could not hide her joy as she posed with her award after the ceremony

Proud: Joanna could not hide her joy as she posed with her award after the ceremony

Teamwork: She then cosied up to Jennifer on the carpet, who playfully admired her friend's award by pointing at it excitedly for cameras

Teamwork: She then cosied up to Jennifer on the carpet, who playfully admired her friend's award by pointing at it excitedly for cameras

Teamwork: She then cosied up to Jennifer on the carpet, who playfully admired her friend’s award by pointing at it excitedly for cameras

She admitted of her friend humbly: ‘Jennifer, you write it. I just do it.’

In her usual playful style however, the actress then wrapped up her speech by impersonating their famous Eddie and Patsy characters – stating in her trademark drawl: ‘Cheers sweetie darlings, thanks a lot!’

Joanna’s speech was one of many glorious moments at this year’s BAFTAs – with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known for her bold sense of humour, kicking off the awards with a crude joke as she accepted the award for Female Comedy Performance.   

The actress, 31, was met with raucous laughter from the audience as she compared collecting the gong to a sexual experience.

Bold:  Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known for her bold sense of humour, had kicked off the awards with a crude joke as she accepted the award for Female Comedy Performance

Bold:  Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known for her bold sense of humour, had kicked off the awards with a crude joke as she accepted the award for Female Comedy Performance

Bold: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, known for her bold sense of humour, had kicked off the awards with a crude joke as she accepted the award for Female Comedy Performance

Winning the Female Performance in a Comedy for her role in Fleabag, she delightedly told the crowds: ‘I have been wet dreaming about receiving a BAFTA my whole life!’

Letting laughter from the audience ring out, the brunette then went on to thank her nearest and dearest – most notably her mother – in her excitable speech.

Owing her eye-catching style to her parent, she said with the award clasped in hand: ‘Most of all, I want to thank my mother, who told me I could be whoever I wanted to be, as long as I was outrageous!’

Shocking: Winning the Female Performance in a Comedy for her role in Fleabag, she delightedly told the crowds: ‘I have been wet dreaming about receiving a BAFTA my whole life!’

The hilarity had begun even before Phoebe collected her award, thanks to its presenter Cuba Gooding Jr.

Also known for his witty sense of humour, the actor had poked fun at the famous Oscars blunder back in February, which saw the wrong film named as Best Picture. 

The Jerry Maguire star had mimicked the incident during his presentation, joking during the tense moment: ‘And the BAFTA goes to… Moonlight!’

Supportive: The brunette then went on to thank her nearest and dearest - most notably her mother - in her excited speech

Supportive: The brunette then went on to thank her nearest and dearest - most notably her mother - in her excited speech

Supportive: The brunette then went on to thank her nearest and dearest – most notably her mother – in her excited speech

Phoebe’s shocking comment meanwhile follows the news that she has been tipped as the first ever female Doctor Who.

With Peter Capaldi stepping down at Christmas, an insider told The Sunday People last week: ‘Beeb bosses love Phoebe. They thought she did an amazing job with Fleabag and is certainly one of the rising stars in TV and film.’

‘They see her as the perfect fit as a Time Lord and the first female Doctor Who.’

Phoebe has previously been coy about the prospect of being the first female Doctor in the show’s 52-year history, telling the Mirror: ‘I am not allowed to say anything about that, one way or the other.’

Big break: Phoebe’s shocking comment follows the news that she has been tipped as the first ever female Doctor Who

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Pure joy: The BBC star looked elated as she gazed lovingly at her award after the show

Pure joy: The BBC star looked elated as she gazed lovingly at her award after the show

Pure joy: The BBC star looked elated as she gazed lovingly at her award after the show

New comic duo: She later posed with Cuba Gooding Jr (above) - who added to the hilarity in his presentation of her award

New comic duo: She later posed with Cuba Gooding Jr (above) - who added to the hilarity in his presentation of her award

New comic duo: She later posed with Cuba Gooding Jr (above) – who added to the hilarity in his presentation of her award

Fooling around: Also known for his witty sense of humour, the actor had poked fun at the famous Oscars blunder back in February 

Fooling around: Also known for his witty sense of humour, the actor had poked fun at the famous Oscars blunder back in February 

Fooling around: Also known for his witty sense of humour, the actor had poked fun at the famous Oscars blunder back in February 

 Funny man: The Jerry Maguire star had mimicked the incident during his presentation, joking during the tense moment: 'And the BAFTA goes to... Moonlight!'

 Funny man: The Jerry Maguire star had mimicked the incident during his presentation, joking during the tense moment: 'And the BAFTA goes to... Moonlight!'

 Funny man: The Jerry Maguire star had mimicked the incident during his presentation, joking during the tense moment: ‘And the BAFTA goes to… Moonlight!’

MailOnline has contacted Phoebe’s representatives for a comment.

The ceremony saw a whole host of fan favourites score recognition for their work – with comedian Michael McIntyre bagging the Entertainment Performance gong for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, pipping favourite Graham Norton, who is currently in Ukraine for Eurovision, to the post.

The 41-year-old, who also beat Claudia Winkleman and Adam Hills to the title, said excitedly of his award: ‘Everybody says they did not expect it, and I’m here and dressed up… but I genuinely didn’t!’

Champion: The ceremony saw a whole host of fan favourites score recognition for their work – with comedian Michael McIntyre bagging the Entertainment Performance gong

Can't believe it: The 41-year-old said excitedly of his award: 'Everybody says they did not expect it, and I'm here and dressed up... but I genuinely didn't!'

Can't believe it: The 41-year-old said excitedly of his award: 'Everybody says they did not expect it, and I'm here and dressed up... but I genuinely didn't!'

Can’t believe it: The 41-year-old said excitedly of his award: ‘Everybody says they did not expect it, and I’m here and dressed up… but I genuinely didn’t!’

He then sweetly addressed his children who were watching at home, crying out: ‘Daddy’s won! I’m coming home!’ to the laughter of crowds.  

Happy Valley went on to win Best Drama Series, while fan favourite Planet Earth II, co-produced by David Attenborough, also picked up the award for Specialist Factual.

Having first aired ten years ago, the nature documentary was met with rave reviews when it made its return to the BBC at the end of last year.  

Proud: He then sweetly addressed his children who were watching at home, crying out: ‘Daddy’s won! I’m coming home!’ to the laughter of crowds

Exciting: Prolific documentary creator Nick Fraser won the Special Award of the night - for his work on films as Man on Wire, Project Nim and India's Daughter

Exciting: Prolific documentary creator Nick Fraser won the Special Award of the night - for his work on films as Man on Wire, Project Nim and India's Daughter

Exciting: Prolific documentary creator Nick Fraser won the Special Award of the night – for his work on films as Man on Wire, Project Nim and India’s Daughter

Clearly excited of their achievement, producers Michael Gunton and Tom Hugh-Jones joked in their speech: ‘We knew the series would work when we could get David Attenborough involved and not kill him!’

Prolific documentary creator Nick Fraser won the Special Award of the night – for his work on films as Man on Wire, Project Nim and India’s Daughter. 

The actor adds to a long list of names who have won the coveted prize in the past, including Lenny Henry, Cilla Black and Clare Balding. 

Making the night all the more emotional, his daughter Isabelle collected the award beside him on his behalf – after Nick sadly suffered a stroke in February aged 69, just one month after discovering he would be honoured at the awards.   

Heart-wrenching: Making the night all the more emotional, his daughter Isabelle collected the award beside him on his behalf - after Nick sadly suffered a stroke in February ages 69

Heart-wrenching: Making the night all the more emotional, his daughter Isabelle collected the award beside him on his behalf - after Nick sadly suffered a stroke in February ages 69

Heart-wrenching: Making the night all the more emotional, his daughter Isabelle collected the award beside him on his behalf – after Nick sadly suffered a stroke in February ages 69

Good work: Planet Earth was a popular winner – winning both Virgin TV’s Must See Moment and Specialist Factual

Witty: The producers then mocked up a fake speech from an iguana, after winning Virgin TV's Must See Moment for the Iguana and Snake chase (above)

Witty: The producers then mocked up a fake speech from an iguana, after winning Virgin TV's Must See Moment for the Iguana and Snake chase (above)

Witty: The producers then mocked up a fake speech from an iguana, after winning Virgin TV’s Must See Moment for the Iguana and Snake chase (above)

National Treasure then picked up Best Mini Series of 2017, as presented by Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson and Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick. 

The snake and iguana chase in Planet Earth II went on to win Virgin TV’s Must See Moment, beating the likes of Danny Dyer, Ed Balls on Strictly and James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

The show’s director said of the achievement: ‘We were surprised at this win, as half of the people watched it terrified from behind the sofa, while others said it was the most incredible thing they’d ever seen.’ 

Making the event more light-hearted, the crew then showed footage of an iguana grunting, and placed subtitles underneath it as a mock speech – which saw the animal fan girl over ‘HRH Danny Dyer’, in light of his nomination for Who Do You Think You Are. 

Proud: Muslims Like Us was then announced as the winner of the Reality and Constructed Factual category

Proud: Creators Kieran Smith, Nicholas Packer, Oliver Manley and Mobeen Azhar gushed in their speech about how glad they were the show had seen Muslim women use their voices

Proud: Creators Kieran Smith, Nicholas Packer, Oliver Manley and Mobeen Azhar gushed in their speech about how glad they were the show had seen Muslim women use their voices

Proud: Creators Kieran Smith, Nicholas Packer, Oliver Manley and Mobeen Azhar gushed in their speech about how glad they were the show had seen Muslim women use their voices

Main man: Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe was next to receive recognition, in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category

Main man: Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe was next to receive recognition, in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category

Main man: Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe was next to receive recognition, in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category

Muslims Like Us was then announced as the winner of the Reality and Constructed Factual category. 

Creators Kieran Smith, Nicholas Packer, Oliver Manley and Mobeen Azhar gushed in their speech about how glad they were the show had seen Muslim women use their voices and make a change in the entertainment world. 

Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe was next to receive recognition, in the Comedy Entertainment Programme category.

Humbly accepting the award, Charlie himself thanked his production team as well as the BBC and his wife, before joking: ‘Hopefully when we get to 2017 Wipe we’ll have a less awful year to summarise!’

Success: Humbly accepting the award, Charlie himself thanked his production team as well as the BBC and his wife

Success: Humbly accepting the award, Charlie himself thanked his production team as well as the BBC and his wife

Success: Humbly accepting the award, Charlie himself thanked his production team as well as the BBC and his wife

Witty: He then joked in his speech: 'Hopefully when we get to 2017 Wipe we'll have a less awful year to summarise!'

Witty: He then joked in his speech: 'Hopefully when we get to 2017 Wipe we'll have a less awful year to summarise!'

Witty: He then joked in his speech: ‘Hopefully when we get to 2017 Wipe we’ll have a less awful year to summarise!’

Boys will be boys: Charlie and Rob Delaney (L), who presented him the award, put on a playful display for cameras after the ceremony

Boys will be boys: Charlie and Rob Delaney (L), who presented him the award, put on a playful display for cameras after the ceremony

Boys will be boys: Charlie and Rob Delaney (L), who presented him the award, put on a playful display for cameras after the ceremony

Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones presented the Supporting Actor award – which saw Tom Hollander for The Night Manager, John Lithgow for The Crown, Daniel Mays for Line of Duty and Jared Harris for The Crown, compete for the title. 

Bristol-born Hollander, 49, reigned victorious, stating: ‘This was a really fun job and a great part, and a lovely team of people. So to be given this at the end of it is a very lovely feeling.’

ITV’s Emmerdale scooped up the Soap & Continuing Drama award, after a number of well-received story lines in recent weeks.

The honours: Doctor Foster's Suranne Jones presented the Supporting Actor award - which was given to Tom Hollander for The Night Manager (L)

The honours: Doctor Foster's Suranne Jones presented the Supporting Actor award - which was given to Tom Hollander for The Night Manager (L)

The honours: Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones presented the Supporting Actor award – which was given to Tom Hollander for The Night Manager (L)

Good work: Bristol-born Tom Hollander, 49, reigned victorious, stating: 'This was a really fun job and a great part, and a lovely team of people'

Good work: Bristol-born Tom Hollander, 49, reigned victorious, stating: 'This was a really fun job and a great part, and a lovely team of people'

Good work: Bristol-born Tom Hollander, 49, reigned victorious, stating: ‘This was a really fun job and a great part, and a lovely team of people’

Meanwhile The Open won the Sport award, against the Rio 2016 Olympics, Paralympics and the Six Nations. 

Clearly thrilled with the win, the producers joked of the calm sport that gained them the gong: ‘We wanted to try and make golf entertaining, exciting, accessible and fun!’ to the laughter of the audience.

In the running for the Supporting Actress award were Nicola Walker for Last Tango in Halifax,  Siobhan Finneran for Happy Valley, Vanessa Kirby for The Crown, and Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola Our Loved Boy – with an emotional Wunmi coming out on top. 

Her moment: An emotional Wunmi Mosaku won the Supporting Actress award for her role in Damilola Our Loved Boy

Her moment: An emotional Wunmi Mosaku won the Supporting Actress award for her role in Damilola Our Loved Boy

Her moment: An emotional Wunmi Mosaku won the Supporting Actress award for her role in Damilola Our Loved Boy

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Success: Who Do You Think You Are found success in the Features category, against Travel Man: 48 Hours In … , The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and The Great British Bake Off

Success: Who Do You Think You Are found success in the Features category, against Travel Man: 48 Hours In … , The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and The Great British Bake Off

Success: Who Do You Think You Are found success in the Features category, against Travel Man: 48 Hours In , The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and The Great British Bake Off

Iconic: While Danny Dyer did not say anything himself, the actor flashed a bashful smile when the director thanked him for providing such entertainment - after his episode revealed he was a descendant of royalty

Iconic: While Danny Dyer did not say anything himself, the actor flashed a bashful smile when the director thanked him for providing such entertainment - after his episode revealed he was a descendant of royalty

Iconic: While Danny Dyer did not say anything himself, the actor flashed a bashful smile when the director thanked him for providing such entertainment – after his episode revealed he was a descendant of royalty

Adam Hills then presented the Features gong, which saw Travel Man: 48 Hours In  , Who Do You Think You Are?, The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs and The Great British Bake Off as nominees. 

Who Do You Think You Are found success in the category, with actor Danny Dyer as well as the show producers Colette Flight, Sarah Feltes, Anna Kirkwood and Helen Nixon collecting the award onstage.  

While the EastEnders star did not say anything himself, the actor flashed a bashful smile when the director thanked him for providing such entertainment – after his episode revealed he was a descendant of royalty. 

Dynamic duo: Geordie duo Ant & Dec, who have won a number of prizes across their lengthy career, were then crowned the winners of the Entertainment Programme award

Amazed: Ant began their speech by gushing: 'Wow, thank you, we really didn't expect this. We did have a 50% chance of winning with BGT as well but all the other nominees are so brilliant'

Amazed: Ant began their speech by gushing: 'Wow, thank you, we really didn't expect this. We did have a 50% chance of winning with BGT as well but all the other nominees are so brilliant'

Amazed: Ant began their speech by gushing: ‘Wow, thank you, we really didn’t expect this. We did have a 50% chance of winning with BGT as well but all the other nominees are so brilliant’

People Just Do Nothing won Scripted Comedy, against Camping, Flowers and Fleabag, thanking fans with a speech littered with witty jokes – which claimed they knew they would beat Fleabag, before joking they would be selling drugs by the bar later that evening.

A glam Joan Collins then hosted the Entertainment Programme award, which saw a host of popular shows on the list of nominees. 

Up for the award were Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing. 

Excited: They added: 'What a huge cherry on top of a massive cake, thank you!' - before hugging each other, to rapturous applause

Excited: They added: 'What a huge cherry on top of a massive cake, thank you!' - before hugging each other, to rapturous applause

Excited: They added: ‘What a huge cherry on top of a massive cake, thank you!’ – before hugging each other, to rapturous applause

Big achievement: The award marked the pair's seventh ever BAFTA

Big achievement: The award marked the pair's seventh ever BAFTA

Big achievement: The award marked the pair’s seventh ever BAFTA

Geordie duo Ant & Dec, who have won a number of prizes across their lengthy career, bagged their seventh BAFTA – and headed to the stage with their mouths open.

Ant began their speech by gushing: ‘Wow, thank you, we really didn’t expect this. We did have a 50% chance of winning with BGT as well but all the other nominees are so brilliant.’

Exciting fans, the pair then announced they were already working on the second series of their beloved Saturday night show.

Gorgeous: In one of the most exciting moment of the night, Line of Duty star Thandie Newton next arrived onstage to present the prestigious Best Actor award

It’s mine! Adeel Akhtar won the prize for his role in Murdered by My Father

They added: ‘What a huge cherry on top of a massive cake, thank you!’ – before hugging each other, to rapturous applause. 

In one of the most exciting moments of the night, Line of Duty star Thandie Newton next arrived onstage to present the prestigious Best Actor award.

Nominees included Adeel Akhtar for Murdered by My Father, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, Robbie Coltrane for National Treasure, and Babou Ceesay for Damilola Our Loved Boy.

Emotional: He said of the role 'I had to play a character who isolated himself. So I would like to dedicate this award to my wife and my nine-month-old baby, who remind me to be compassionate every day'

Emotional: He said of the role 'I had to play a character who isolated himself. So I would like to dedicate this award to my wife and my nine-month-old baby, who remind me to be compassionate every day'

Emotional: He said of the role ‘I had to play a character who isolated himself. So I would like to dedicate this award to my wife and my nine-month-old baby, who remind me to be compassionate every day’

Adeel went on to win for his powerful role, admitting in his speech: ‘It’s very strange to accept an award when you know you’re in front of a long line of people who this could not have happened without.’ 

Reflecting on the difficult part to play, the Brit then went on to pay tribute to his family during the journey on the project.

He said: ‘I had to play a character who isolated himself as he was scared, and that isolation ultimately became destructive. To others, and himself.’  

‘So I would like to dedicate this award to my wife and my nine-month-old baby, who remind me to be compassionate every day.’

All eyes on us: The evening's winners later posed with their shimmering awards after the ceremony, with beaming smiles on their faces

All eyes on us: The evening's winners later posed with their shimmering awards after the ceremony, with beaming smiles on their faces

All eyes on us: The evening’s winners later posed with their shimmering awards after the ceremony, with beaming smiles on their faces

Virgin Media British Television BAFTA Awards 2017 – full list of nominations

Leading Actress

WINNER – Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) 

Claire Foy, Jodie Comer, Nikki Amuka-Bird

Leading Actor

WINNER – Adeel Akhtar (Murdered by My Father)   

Babou Ceesay, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robbie Coltrane

Entertainment Programme

WINNER – Saturday Night Takeaway 

 Britain’s Got Talent, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, Strictly Come Dancing

Entertainment Performance

WINNER- Michael McIntyre

Adam Hills, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton

Must-see moment

WINNER- Planet Earth II; Snakes vs Iguana Chase 

Ed Balls; Gangnam Style, Danny Dyer WDYTYA, Line Of Duty; Urgent Exit Required, Game Of Thrones; Battle Of The B**tards, The Late Late Show with James Corden; Carpool Karaoke with Michelle Obama

Drama Series

WINNER- Happy Valley 

The Crown, The Durrells, War & Peace

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

WINNER – Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)

Diane Morgan, Lesley Manville, Olivia Colman

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

WINNER – Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle) 

Asim Chaudhry, David Mitchell, Harry Enfield

Supporting Actress

WINNER – Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola Our Loved Boy) 

Nicola Walker, Siobhan Finneran, Vanessa Kirby

Supporting Actor

WINNER – Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) 

Daniel Mays, Jared Harris, John Lithgow

Soap & Continuing Drama

WINNER – Emmerdale 

Casualty, Eastenders, Hollyoaks

Features

WINNER – Who Do You Think You Are? 

The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs, The Great British Bake Off, Travel Man: 48 Hours in…

Factual Series

WINNER – Exodus: Our Journey to Europe 

24 Hrs in Police Custody, Kids on the Edge, Prosecutors: Real Crime & Punishment 

Single Drama

WINNER- Damilola Our Loved Boy 

Aberfan: The Green Hollow, Murdered by my Father, NW

International

WINNER – The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story 

The Night Of, Stranger Things, Transparent

Live Event

WINNER – The Queens 90th Birthday 

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme: Theipval, Shakespeare Live!, Stand Up to Cancer

Sport

WINNER – The Open 

 Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016 Paralympics, Six Nations – England v Wales

Specialist Factual

WINNER – Planet Earth II 

Alan Bennett’s Diaries, Attenborough’s Life That Glows, Grayson Perry: All Man

Single Documentary

WINNER – Hillsborough 

Behind Closed Doors, How to Die: Simon’s Choice, Hypernormalisation

Scripted Comedy

WINNER – People Just Do Nothing 

Camping, Fleabag, Flowers

Reality & Constructed Factual

WINNER – Muslims Like Us 

First Dates, The Real Marigold Hotel, The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds

News Coverage

WINNER- Victoria Derbyshire: Footballers’ Abuse 

@channel4news: Brexit Day One, @BBCNWT: Hillsborough, @SkyNewsTonight –Aleppo: Death of a City

Mini-Series

WINNER – National Treasure 

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, The Secret, The Witness for the Prosecution

Current Affairs

WINNER – Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed 

Inside Obama’s White House, Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Unarmed Black Male

Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme

WINNER – Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe 

 Cunk on Shakespeare, The Last Leg, Taskmaster

 



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