I May Destroy You's Michaela Coel and Normal People's Paul Mescal triumph, while The Crown was left empty-handed.
Among surprises and confirmations, all winners at Bafta TV Awards 2021 were announced yesterday night, two months after the Bafta Film Awards 2021.The event took place on Sunday night at Television Centre in west London. The ceremony nominated the greatest stars of British TV in front of a live but socially distanced audience.
Michaela Coel won the award for the best leading actress thanks to her role in the sexual consent drama I May Destroy You. During her acceptance speech, the actress dedicated the win to the intimacy coach of the series.
Meanwhile, for the male counterpart, the best leading actor award was conferred on Paul Mescal. After his win, Normal People‘s actor thanked the BBC series that changed his life.
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Moreover, the public chose honor Diversity’s Black Lives Matter routine on Britain’s Got Talent as the best must-see moment.
Life & Rhymes surprisingly was named the best entertainment programme. The Sky Arts series succeeded, indeed, beating big shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Masked Singer.
The medical drama Casuality won the prize for the best soap or continuing drama, beating Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks . The win comes few days after the BBC revealed that its spin-off show Holby City definitively end next year.
Catherine Zeta-Jones announced the winner for the best single drama category: BBC’s Sitting in Limbo. While Sky Atlantic’s Save Me Too was nominated the best drama series.
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All 2021 Bafta TV winners
- Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Big Narstie Show
- Current Affairs: America’s War On Abortion, Exposure
- Daytime: The Great House Giveaway
- Drama Series: Save Me Too
- Entertainment Performance: Romesh Ranganathan, The Ranganation
- Entertainment Programme: Life & Rhymes
- Factual Series: Once Upon A Time In Iraq
- Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace
- Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Aimee Lou Wood, Sex Education
- International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)
- Leading Actor: Paul Mescal, Normal People
- Leading Actress: Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
- Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Charlie Cooper, This Country
- Mini-series: I May Destroy You
- News Coverage: Sky News, Inside Idlib
- Reality & Constructed Factual: The School That Tried To End Racism
- Scripted Comedy: Inside No 9
- Short-form Programme: They Saw The Sun First
- Single Documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence, Storyville
- Single Drama: Sitting In Limbo
- Soap & Continuing Drama: Casualty
- Specialist Factual: The Surgeon’s Cut
- Live Event: Springwatch 2020
- Sport: England v West Indies Test cricket
- Supporting Actor: Malachi Kirby, Small Axe
- Supporting Actress: Rakie Ayola, Anthony
- Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment: Britain’s Got Talent, Diversity