The BAFTA TV Awards: No Love for Benedict Cumberbatch or Maggie Smith as Appropriate Adult Basically Wins Everything

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards ceremony was held yesterday to honor the best in television performances from the past year.

ITV mini-series Appropriate Adult, the dramatization of the life of serial killer Fred West, scored three of the biggest awards of the night, with Dominic West taking home Lead Actor, Emily Watson winning Lead Actress and Monica Dolan grabbing the statue for Supporting Actress.

Sherlock’s Andrew Scott took home the trophy for Supporting Actor for his performance as James Moriarty, edging out co-star Martin Freeman.

The Fades, BBC Three’s recently cancelled supernatural drama, won Best Drama Series, while Mrs. Brown’s Boys took home the Best Comedy honors.

Sherlock and Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffat  was presented with the Dennis Potter Special Award for his television writing contributions and his award was handed out by Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith, in one of the only actually funny sequences of the evening. (It’s really pretty adorable, so click this link and give it a watch.)

Given the dominance of Appropriate Adult in the acting categories a couple of notable (and personal favorite) performances were passed over, including Sherlock star Cumberbatch – currently on his fourth nomination without a win – and Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess, Dame Maggie Smith.

Sherlock also lost out in the YouTube Audience Award vote to (seriously?) Celebrity Juice. Travesty seems too weak a word in this particular instance.

For a full list of this year’s BAFTA winners, click through and take a look!

I would like to take a moment and just be smug that I totally predicted This is England ’88 was going to beat out Appropriate Adult in the Best Mini-Series category.

Full List of BAFTA TV 2012 Winners

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Dominic West (Appropriate Adult) – WINNER

John Simm (Exile)

Joe Gilgun (This Is England ’88)


Leading Actress

Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult) – WINNER

Nadine Marshall (Random)

Romola Garai (The Crimson Petal and the White)

Vicky McClure (This Is England ’88)


Supporting Actor

Andrew Scott (Sherlock) – WINNER

Joseph Mawle (Birdsong)

Martin Freeman (Sherlock)

Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line)


Supporting Actress

Anna Chancellor (The Hour)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife)

Monica Dolan (Appropriate Adult) – WINNER


Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr (Alan Carr: Chatty Man)

Dara O’Briain (Mock the Week)

Graham Norton (The Graham Norton Show) - WINNER

Harry Hill (Harry Hill’s TV Burp)


Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) – WINNER

Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve)

Ruth Jones (Stella)

Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner)


Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys)

Darren Boyd (Spy) – WINNER

Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve)

Tom Hollander (Rev.)


Single Drama

Holy Flying Circus

Page Eight





Appropriate Adult

The Crimson Petal and the White

This is England ’88WINNER

Top Boy


Drama Series

The Fades - WINNER


Scott and Bailey


Soap and Continuing Drama

Coronation Street - WINNER


Holby City



International Programme


Forbrydelsen (The Killing)

Modern Family

The Slap


Factual Series

The Choir: Military Wives

Educating Essex


Protecting Our Children: Damned If We Do Damned If We Don’t


Specialist Factual

British Masters

Frozen Planet

Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last SecretWINNER

Wonders of the Universe


Single Documentary

9/11: The Day That Changed the World

The Fight of Their Lives

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die WINNER

We Need to Talk About Dad (Cutting Edge)



DIY SOS: The Big Build

Hairy Bikers’ Meals on Wheels

The Great British Bake-Off - WINNER

Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea


Reality and Constructed Factual

An Idiot Abroad

Don’t Tell The Bride

Made in Chelsea

Young Apprentice - WINNER


Current Affairs

Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

‘The Truth About Adoption’ (Panorama)

‘Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed’ (Panorama)WINNER


News Coverage

BBC News at Ten: Siege of Homs

Channel 4 News: Japanese earthquakeWINNER

ITV News at Ten: Battle of Misrata

Sky News: Libya rebel convoy – live


Sport and Live Event

Frankenstein’s Wedding: Live in Leeds

The Royal Wedding (BBC)WINNER

Rugby World Cup Final

Tour De France 2011


New Media


The Bank Job


Psychoville - WINNER


Entertainment Programme

Celebrity Juice

Derren Brown: The Experiments - WINNER

Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Michael McIntyre‘s Christmas Comedy Roadshow


Comedy Programme

Charlie Brooker‘s 2011 Wipe

Comic Strip: The Hunt for Tony Blair

The Cricklewood Greats

Stewart Lee’s Comedy VehicleWINNER


Situation Comedy

Fresh Meat

Mrs Brown’s Boys - WINNER

Friday Night Dinner