The X Factor won the prize for Best Entertainment Programme, and host Dermot O'Leary turned up judge-less to collect it.
He admitted the award may have had something to do with the success of new addition Cheryl Cole.
Harry Hill: 'I never thought I'd get three Baftas for a clip show'
"She's injected a new lease of life into it," he said, "just because of the warmth she gives out.
"She's an adorable girl and is so, so smart. I think her impact this year has just been immeasurable."
French and Saunders got a standing ovation as Dame Helen Mirren handed them their special Bafta Fellowship Award.
Backstage, they revealed Madonna is the only celebrity who never agreed to appear in one of their sketches.
"It's her loss - that's the way we've looked at it," said Dawn.
"Although we never liked to start a show without getting the 'no' from Madonna," added Jennifer. "So we used to insist that they asked her anyway just to torture her."
Harry Enfield won his first ever Bafta, as Harry And Paul picked up the Best Comedy Programme Award.
David Mitchell picked up Best Comedy Performance Award for Peep Show, and dedicated his award to co-star Robert Webb.
"I think it's a bit unfair on him really," he laughed. "We're the co-leads and obviously the show wouldn't work without either of us. But I'm not pretending I'm not glad it's this way round!"
Some of the Bafta nominees arriving for the awards
Harry Hill was chuffed his TV Burp show won him the Entertainment Performance Award for the second year in a row, but he reckons he's got a better idea of how to decide who gets it next year - a fight.
"Round one would be between Ant and Dec and Stephen Fry," he said, "then the winner would fight Jonathan Ross and, as the title holder, I would fight the winner of that match.
"Which I predict would probably be Rossy as he'd probably play dirty - eye-gouging, that sort of thing."
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