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Gavin and Stacey scoops TV Baftas

James Corden wins best comedy performance for his role in Gavin and Stacey

Comedy hits Gavin and Stacey and Harry Hill's TV Burp have taken the glory at the Bafta Television Awards in London.

BBC Three's Gavin and Stacey beat the likes of Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent to the audience award, voted for by the public.

Its co-writer and actor James Corden also won best comedy performance.

ITV's Harry Hill won best entertainment performance and programme, while Dame Eileen Atkins beat Cranford co-star Dame Judi Dench to win best actress.

Cranford had led the nominations with four, but Dame Eileen won the costume drama's only prize of the night.

Dame Eileen, who played Miss Deborah Jenkyns in the adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's work, was last nominated for a Bafta TV Award in 1969 and had never previously won.

MAIN BAFTA WINNERS
Harry Hill
Best actor - Andrew Garfield (Boy A)
Best actress - Eileen Atkins (Cranford)
Best entertainment performance - Harry Hill, above (Harry Hill's TV Burp)
Best comedy performance - James Corden (Gavin and Stacey)
Audience award - Gavin and Stacey

"I don't do humility very well but I really do have to share this with the ladies of Cranford," she said.

"They were a fantastic bunch of actresses and all of them were such terrific women as well. I haven't laughed so much for years as in those weeks."

Gavin and Stacey, about the ups and downs of a young couple and their clans, won its awards on the same night that the last episode of the second series went out on BBC Three.

Picking up his prize, Corden thanked his co-writer and co-star Ruth Jones, who plays Nessa in the show.

"She is not just the greatest writer and actress, she is the best friend anyone could hope for and is as much Smithy as I am, and I share this with her," he said.

On accepting the audience award, Jones said she was "absolutely gobsmacked".

"We didn't think at all that we were going to win this," she said. "Gavin and Stacey really seems to have been taken into people's hearts and we're really thrilled about it."

Earlier on the red carpet, Corden said they were working on a Christmas special but he did not know if a third series would be made.

"We can only really make [a third series] if we think it's going to be better than the first two," he said. "We only really want to make one if we know we have got a story that's worth telling."

Bruce Forsyth talks to David Sillito about receiving Bafta's highest accolade.

Bruce Forsyth received Bafta's highest accolade, the Academy Fellowship, in recognition of his "outstanding body of work".

"I am feeling a bit emotional tonight," he told the audience. "Bafta, this is as good as it gets. Thank you so much for the wonderful, wonderful honour."

Graham Norton hosted the Bafta ceremony at the London Palladium.

Andrew Garfield was named best actor for his role in Boy A, Channel 4's drama about a juvenile child-killer.

Holby City won a Bafta TV Award for the first time, triumphing over EastEnders, Emmerdale and The Bill in the continuing drama category. Coronation Street was not even nominated.

Jimmy McGovern's The Street was named best drama series for the second year in a row, beating Life On Mars, Rome and Skins.

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The most deserved award went to Bruce, who is a legend
Joanna Jones, Twickenham

Channel 4's Britz, a thriller about two young British Muslims, won the best drama serial prize.

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares was named best feature, Heroes picked up the international prize and Iraq story The Mark of Cain won best single drama.

The best comedy programme prize went to Fonejacker, while Peep Show was crowned best situation comedy.

Gavin and Stacey was not nominated in the sitcom category - the unsuccessful nominees were Benidorm, The IT Crowd and The Thick Of It.


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