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Saturday, 25 May, 2002, 22:13 GMT 23:13 UK
MacArthur voyage earns Welsh Baftas
Huw Edwards
Huw Edwards was among the award winners
The tables were turned on Bafta Cymru host Huw Edwards when he was handed the best onscreen presenter award in Cardiff on Saturday.

Newsreader and presenter Huw Edwards won the award for his work on Election Exchange 2001, part of BBC Wales's coverage for last year's general election.

Lord Attenborough
Lord Attenborough attended the ceremony

Also among the winners on the night was Steve Robinson, the director of the documentary Ellen MacArthur: Sailing Through Heaven and Hell.

The programme, which followed the female sailor's round the world voyage, also took the best documentary award.

Elsewhere, Betsan Llwyd picked up the best actress award for her performance in the Gwenlan Parry drama Y Twr, made by BBC Wales for S4C.

Stewart Jones (Oed Yr Addewid) won the Best Actor award, while the Best Director - Drama award went to Tim Lyn for Fondue, Rhyw A Deinosors.

See the Bafta Cymru awards list in full.

The Bafta Cymru Special Award was presented to actor Jonathan Pryce.

And John Parker scooped the best editor award for his work on the Everyman documentary programme The Hallelujah Kids, while the Week In Week Out programme won best current affairs category.

Tom Jones: Live at Cardiff Castle from BBC 2W won two awards for best sound and best live coverage, while the digital channel's Hot Houses topped the best magazine/feature category.


It is very encouraging to see programmes of such distinction being made in Wales

Bafta Cymru chair Bryn Roberts

The awards, now in their 11th year, are divided into 33 categories, and recognise achievement in film, television and interactive media.

New Bafta President Lord Attenborough was one of around 1,200 people at the ceremony.

Speaking of the success of BBC Wales to take 12 awards, controller Menna Richards praised "high quality talent" within the organisation.

"Their hard work and commitment to producing first class programming is much appreciated by our audiences," she added.

Welsh branch

Bafta Cymru chair Bryn Roberts had earlier said the three nominations in each category "reflect the range and variety of the programmes on offer".

"It is very encouraging to see programmes of such distinction being made in Wales, in both English and Welsh languages," he said.

Bafta Cymru is the Welsh branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Established in 1987, it is dedicated to "promoting and rewarding the best in film, television and interactive media".

The organisation is administered by a committee which is elected from among its members each year.

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