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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Court drama scoops awards
Eiry Thomas
Eiry Thomas plays a tough-talking lawyer in The Bench

A BBC Wales' drama series has won three coveted Bafta Cymru awards.

The courtroom drama, The Bench, took some of the top prizes in this year's ceremony, held at Cardiff International Arena.

Bill Broomfield won the title best director of photography drama, Will Oswald best editor, and Eiry Thomas best actress, for her role as Cheryl Cates, the sharp and accomplished Crown Prosecutor.

BBC Wales' tongue-in-cheek health campaign, BLLCKS - which targetted the taboo subject of testicular cancer - won two awards. Peter Watkins Hughes collected the award for the best educational programme award, and BBC Wales promotions director Dylan Griffith picked up the best promo prize.

The moving documentary Johnny Owen: The Long Journey - which charted the late boxer's father's trip to Mexico to meet the man whose blows killed his son in the boxing ring - was named best documentary.

Dylan Richards was named best director (non drama) for the programme, which can bee seen on BBC Four on Wednesday.

And the drama series, Belonging, the story of the colourful Lewis clan in the fictional valleys community, Bryncoed, won the Best Drama Series award.

The show, produced by Sophie Fante, also landed Catrin Clarke the best writer award.

The award ceremony compere - Llanelli-born newsreader Huw Edwards - won best on-screen presenter for the second year running for his work on the BBC Wales debate programme, The Exchange.

Huw Edwards
Huw Edwards hosted the event and also got an award

Prolific script writer and dramatist Elaine Morgan - whose credits include Dr Finlay's Casebook, Maigret, The Onedin Line, Testament of Youth, and The Life and Times of Lloyd George - was presented with Bafta Cymru's special award by Dr Geraint Stanley Jones.

Other winners included :

  • Gwyfyn : Fizzy Oppe, best drama for television and best make-up.
  • Carmina Burana : Paul Bullock, best music programme; Bernie Davies best lighting director
  • Fondue, Rhyw a Deinosors : Ed Thomas, best director drama; John E.R. Hardy, best original music

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