The BAFTA TV Awards were broadcast this afternoon and there were more than a few surprises. Even if British television is not of particular interest to the North American crowd (it should be because the picks of the litter will inevitably be remade for American television a la The Office) there are some big names that everyone would recognize...

The first of two major upsets, and the category most appealing to us on this side of the pond, happened in the Best International Series category with The Killing (the Danish original, not the current AMC adaptation... although it surely will be in the awards running next year) beating out American heavyweights Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and Glee.

The second upset came when Daniel Rigby of Eric and Ernie took home the prize for Best Leading Actor over Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch (especially since the show won Best Drama Series and Martin Freeman won Best Supporting Actor). And in a funny side-note, Steve Coogan took home an award and Rob Brydon did not, surely to add fuel to Coogan's sense of superiority and our laughs.

For a complete list of winners and nominees (losers, kidding) head over to BAFTA website. The major categories are listed below (winner listed first and in italics).

Drama Series


Being Human


Leading Actor

Daniel Rigby - Eric and Ernie

Jim Broadbent - Any Human Heart

Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock

Matt Smith - Doctor Who

Leading Actress

Vicky McClure - This Is England ’86

Anna Maxwell Martin - South Riding

Natalie Press - Five Daughters

Juliet Stevenson - Accused

Supporting Actor

Martin Freeman - Sherlock

Brendan Coyle - Downton Abbey

Johnny Harris - This Is England ’86

Robert Sheehan - Misfits

Supporting Actress

Lauren Socha - Misfits

Gillian Anderson - Any Human Heart

Lynda Baron - The Road to Coronation Street

Jessie Wallace - The Road to Coronation Street


The Killing (Forbrydelsen)

Boardwalk Empire


Mad Men

Drama Serial

Any Human Heart

The Sinking of the Laconia

The Promise

Continuing Drama


Coronation Street

Waterloo Road

Single Drama

The Road to Coronation Street

Eric and Ernie

I Am Slave

The Special Relationship

Entertainment Programme

The Cube

The Graham Norton Show

Have I Got News For You

The X Factor

Comedy Programme

Harry and Paul

Catherine Tate’s Little Cracker


Situation Comedy


Mrs Brown’s Boys

Peep Show

The Trip

Entertainment Performance

Graham Norton - The Graham Norton Show

Rob Brydon - The Rob Brydon Show

Stephen Fry - QI

Harry Hill - Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Female Performance in a Comedy Role

Jo Brand - Getting On

Dawn French - Roger and Val Have Just Got In

Miranda Hart - Miranda

Katherine Parkinson - The IT Crowd

Male Performance in a Comedy Role

Steve Coogan - The Trip

James Buckley - The Inbetweeners

Tom Hollander - Rev

David Mitchell - Peep Show

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