BAFTA TV Awards 2024: Top Boy, Happy Valley and The Sixth Commandment among the big winners – as The Crown misses out | Ents & Arts News

This year’s British Academy Television Awards saw Top Boy, Happy Valley, and The Sixth Commandment emerge as prominent victors, each snagging a pair of awards.

The celebrated final season of the Netflix original series Top Boy earned the accolade for best drama series, while Jasmine Jobson secured the best supporting actress award for her compelling performance as Jaq Lawrence in the series.

Happy Valley was distinguished by the viewers’ choice for the most unforgettable moment, and lead actress Sarah Lancashire was honored as best actress for her role as the tough police sergeant Catherine Cawood – repeating her 2017 success.

The Sixth Commandment garnered recognition for best mini-series and best actor, with Timothy Spall’s portrayal earning him high praise.

Despite being a hot favorite with a total of eight nominations, the royal series The Crown walked away without a win.

Life-Altering Success

In Top Boy, the crime drama delves into the lives of Sully (played by Kane “Kano” Robinson) and Dushane (Ashley Walters), set against the backdrop of crime and violence in Hackney’s Summerhouse estate. When accepting the award for best drama over Happy Valley, Slow Horses, and The Gold, producer Charles Steel tipped his hat to the efforts of Walters and Robinson.

Jasmine Jobson proudly displays her BAFTA award. Credit: PA

Jasmine Jobson expressed her gratitude during the ceremony, noting the influence of Top Boy on her career and highlighting the importance of standing out and being strong.

“Netflix, Top Boy, you literally transformed my life,” she stated.

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The gripping Happy Valley concluded its narrative in 2023, wrapping up the intense saga of Sgt. Cawood and her nemesis Tommy Lee Royce, portrayed by James Norton. Lancashire, upon receiving best actress, thanked the show’s creator, Sally Wainwright, and acknowledged her fellow nominees’ exceptional performances.

Lancashire remarked, “It has been an immense privilege to work with such outstanding actors, and I express my sincere thanks to everyone involved.”

The final breathtaking encounter in Happy Valley took home the award for an unforgettable TV moment, surpassing other notable scenes including humorous banter in the Beckham documentary and the pivotal death scene in Succession.

Timothy Spall at the BAFTA TV Awards 2024 after winning Leading Actor for The Sixth Commandment. Source: Ian West/PA Wire
Timothy Spall celebrating his first BAFTA win. Credit: PA

Baroness Floella Benjamin at the BAFTA TV Awards 2024 receiving the BAFTA Fellowship award. Source: Ian West/PA Wire
Baroness Floella Benjamin accepts the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship. Credit: PA

Reflective Victory Speech

The leading actor recognition for Timothy Spall in the riveting true-crime drama The Sixth Commandment was not just another accolade for the actor. He humorously suggested the audience look up the creative team on IMDB and praised the ensemble’s talent. Reflecting on his career, Spall described the beauty of acting as the opportunity to portray individuals with deep anecdotes, especially those seeking love.

He added, highlighting the odd yet magnificent aspects of his craft and the joy found in storytelling.

An intriguing tale that intertwines criminal acts and the essence of affection was shared, and the speaker, admiring his recently acquired accolade, expressed his long-held desire for such recognition, delighting in being part of the esteemed assembly.

Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett with their comedy entertainment award for 'Rob & Romesh Vs..' at the BAFTA TV Awards 2024. Pic: Ian West/PA
Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett triumphed with a win for their show ‘Rob & Romesh Vs..’ Pic: PA

In other notable victories, Matthew Macfadyen received accolades as the best supporting actor for his compelling portrayal in the final installment of ‘Succession’, a series that captivated audiences with its portrayal of a power-hungry media family. ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ danced away with the best entertainment award, marking a significant milestone in its 20th year on air. Tess Daly remarked that the victory felt like “the perfect birthday gift”.

‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ clinched the title for best reality TV series, and the previous year’s Eurovision Song Contest shone brightly, winning the prize for outstanding live event coverage. Surprisingly, the French series ‘Class Act’ took home the international category, standing out among titans like ‘The Bear’ and ‘Succession’.

Mawaan Rizwan in the press room after winning the Male Performance in a Comedy award for 'Juice' at the BAFTA TV Awards 2024. Picture date: Sunday May 12, 2024. PA Photo. Photo credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Comedy triumphs feature celebrated hosts

Award recipients in the comedy realm included Mawaan Rizwan, who scooped up the best male performance in a comedy for ‘Juice’, a show following a gay protagonist seeking the limelight, and Gbemisola Ikumelo, who won the award for female performance in a comedy for ‘Black Ops’. Accepting this honor, Rizwan humorously thanked his therapist and reflected on the importance of not relying solely on external validation for self-worth.

Furthermore, the ceremony hosts themselves, the humorous duo Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, were also recognized, winning the comedy entertainment prize for their show ‘Rob And Romesh Vs.’.

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The prestigious BAFTA Fellowship was bestowed upon Baroness Floella Benjamin, beloved Play School presenter, presented by newscaster Clive Myrie. Queen of daytime TV, Lorraine Kelly, was celebrated with a special award, presented by Brian Cox of ‘Succession’. Kelly urged the broadcast community to continue championing individuals from diverse and working-class backgrounds as she received her accolade.

The celebration paid homage to television luminaries we’ve mourned this past year, including talk show icon Sir Michael Parkinson, ‘Lord Of The Rings’ actor Bernard Hill, news anchor George Alagiah, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, film and television director Roy Battersby, and ‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry.

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