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Hugh Bonneville's impeccable loser face at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards (Pic: BBC)
Hugh Bonneville's impeccable loser face at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards (Pic: BBC)
Hugh Bonneville’s impeccable loser face at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards (Pic: BBC)

I’m not sure quite how to break this to you, but last night, at the BAFTA TV Awards, three things happened that will be of special interest to Sherlock fans.

The first is that the series won the Radio Times Audience Award, voted for by the readers of the Radio Times. Steven Moffat was on hand to accept the award, and took the time to apologize for the absence of either Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman:

“We never take the continuing success of Sherlock remotely for granted. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson can’t be here tonight. Martin Freeman is looking after the kids and Benedict Cumberbatch is looking after his pregnant wife, because that’s what real men do. Never forget that.”

And as a secondary excitement, Steven also revealed to reporters that filming for Season Four of Sherlock begins next spring.

The third is less cheering. Although nominated in the Leading Actor category for the fourth time (his fifth nomination for a TV BAFTA altogether and his third for Sherlock) Benedict Cumberbatch did not win. The award went to Jason Watkins for his performance in the ITV drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, which is the true story of a retired schoolteacher who was vilified by the press when he was questioned as part of the investigation into the murder of his tenant Jo Yeates. One of Jo’s neighbors was later convicted of the crime and Jefferies went on to sue several newspapers for libel.

There was a similar stand-off between good news and bad news for the show’s host Graham Norton. He did not win in the Entertainment Performance category, but The Graham Norton Show did win Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme. Commiseratulations all round.

Mind you, as the photo of Hugh Bonneville above shows—his performance in W1A didn’t win in the Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, beaten by The IT Crowd star Matt Berry’s Toast of London—there are many elegant ways to deal with disappointment.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Leading Actor: Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies)

Leading Actress: Georgina Campbell (Murdered by my Boyfriend)

Supporting Actor: Stephen Read (The Honourable Woman)

Supporting Actress: Gemma Jones (Marvellous)

Entertainment Performance: Ant and Dec (Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway)

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme: Jessica Hynes (W1A)

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme: Matt Berry (Toast of London)

Single Drama: Marvellous

Mini-Series: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Drama Series: Happy Valley

Soap & Continuing Drama: Coronation Street

International: True Detective

Factual Series: Life and Death Row

Specialist Factual: Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Single Documentary: The Paedophile Hunter

Features: Grand Designs

Reality & Constructed Factual: The Island with Bear Grylls

Current Affairs: “Children on the Frontline” (Dispatches)

News Coverage: Sky News Live at Five: Ebola

Sport & Live Event: WW1 Remembered – From the Battlefield & Westminster Abbey

Entertainment Programme: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Graham Norton Show

Scripted Comedy: Detectorists

Radio Times Audience Award: Sherlock

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By Fraser McAlpine