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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 April, 2005, 23:07 GMT 00:07 UK
Inside TV's most glamorous awards
By Michael Osborn
BBC News entertainment reporter

Debra Stephenson
Coronation St's Debra Stephenson brought glamour to the red carpet
London's West End was filled with glamour on Sunday as a plethora of household names gathered for the Bafta TV Awards.

In time-honoured tradition, the red carpet was laid outside the Theatre Royal to welcome a parade of famous faces, who came dressed for the occasion in eye-catching style.

As the celebrities began arriving, the paparazzi started baying and the red carpet became a frenzy of noise and colour.

Eventual Bafta winner Paul O'Grady, his teatime rivals Richard and Judy plus Coronation Street veteran William Roache all strode past the assembled cameras.

But the biggest reception was saved for Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who fittingly went on to win two trophies.

Lucas took time out to sign autographs and the two comics became a coherent whole to give a series of witty, engaging interviews to the assembled media.

David Walliams and Matt Lucas
It's only when you come out to things like this and see everybody that you remember everyone's watching
Little Britain's Matt Lucas
"It's a pleasure to be part of your news today," said Lucas, live on air to one the numerous camera crews.

"We're constantly surprised by the success of Little Britain.

"We spend most of the year locked away writing it, so it's only when you come out to things like this and see everybody that you remember everyone's watching it," he added.

Not even Countdown star Carol Vorderman, in a daring sky blue dress, could upstage the pair.

But a gold lame creation from Channel 4 food guru Gillian McKeith could capture column inches for all the wrong reasons.

With the stars safely inside the theatre, the awards ceremony took a less raucous tone - and there were few surprises.

Coronation Street strode off with a trophy for the third year running, leading cheeky host Graham Norton to quip: "There'll be dancing in Albert Square this evening - maybe that'll bring in some viewers."

One award winner who looked genuinely surprised and thrilled was Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca for Sex Traffic.

Gillian McKeith
Channel 4 food guru Gillian McKeith wore a gold creation
The role was her first in front of the camera, but the actress - who held her trophy aloft backstage - said she planned to do more work in Britain

"I'm very, very grateful and it was a privilege," she said. "It's very nice and exciting. I thought I didn't hear it properly when my name was announced."

TV chef Gordon Ramsay was very well-behaved as he won for his Kitchen Nightmares programme - a fitting end to a day that began with running the London Marathon.

He said it had been "an amazing day" and he was "very happy and very proud".

A handful of television legends were given special honours this year, with Sir David Frost winning the Academy Fellowship.

He accepted the award with humorous anecdotes from his distinguished career.

But this wasn't before award presenter Sir Michael Caine had poked fun at the broadcaster's daytime panel show Through The Keyhole.

Sir David Frost

"He's a great man - I know this because he told me personally," Sir Michael joked.

Michael Palin said that winning a special award was like the "gold watch of the television industry", but added it was "wonderful".

The only slight mishap of the evening was the cast of Green Wing managing to pull down a piece of the backstage set after winning an award.

Back on the red carpet, a chilly wind meant a show of goosebumps from some female stars.

As the well-dressed streamed out into London's West End after the Bafta TV awards drew to a close for another year, the rain threatened to ruin some of their evening gowns.


SEE ALSO:
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