HAPPY Valley has been named best drama series at the Bafta TV awards as the winners were announced.
The police drama starring Sarah Lancashire triumphed over Netflix drama The Crown, The Durrells and War & Peace to take home to coveted prize.
Winners at the ceremony were warned before the broadcast that their acceptance speeches may be cut short if they become too political.
The stars gathered at the Royal Festival Hall were told by an MC “we are in General Election territory” and they would be stopped if their speeches jeopardised the BBC’s impartiality rules.
The show opened with host Sue Perkins referring to the absence of her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc, telling the crowd they may know her best as “and Sue”, adding: “I know what you’re thinking.
“Not another woman hosting an awards show, when will it end? I find it a little like Halley’s Comet, just a little less frequent.”
Poking fun at Theresa May she said: “I promise to deliver you a strong and stable Baftas.”
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The former Great British Bake Off host, who will not follow the show when it departs the BBC for Channel 4, added: “Best of luck to the new Bake Off team, they are going to need it.
“They are about to discover what Mel and I left for them in the ground sheet.”
Comedian Michael McIntyre claimed the Bafta for entertainment performance for his programme Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, while Hillsborough won the single documentary prize.
The production team was joined on stage to collect the prize by Hillsborough campaigner Professor Phil Scraton, who wore a Liverpool football scarf around his neck and appeared tearful as he was told: “This is about the horrors and injustice of Hillsborough and we would like to pay tribute to all those who shared their testimony.
“Phil Scraton worked tirelessly and diligently. He has worked with dogged determination to expose the truth of Hillsborough.
“This is dedicated to the families and survivors of Hillsborough, who fought so long and so hard for justice, and the memories of the 96 men, women and children who went to a football match in 1989 and never came home.”
The Panorama programme Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed won the current affairs prize.
The father of killed schoolboy Damilola Taylor begged young people to stop the string of killings on the streets of London as he collected the Bafta for single drama for Damilola, Our Loved Boy.
Richard Taylor was joined on stage by Damilola’s brother Tunde and the production team as he said in an emotional speech: “I want to dedicate this to the memory of Damilola Taylor and Gloria, my late wife, and first and foremost send a strong appeal to young people on the street killing themselves.
“Parents are crying, others are crying, the surge of killing has gone up in the city of London, I beg you all to stop this unnecessary killing of innocent people. Young people, spread the message.”
The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, a drama about the trial and acquittal of the former American football star for the murder of his wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman, won the international prize at the ceremony.
The trophy was collected by Cuba Gooding Jr, who played the disgraced athlete, who said: “I’m a boy from the hood who flew over to London and now I’m on the stage accepting gold.
“I want to literally kiss every person in this room.”
He added: “What happened to those two people was a tragedy and I hope we shined a little light on that.”
The factual series prize was won by Exodus: Our Journey To Europe while the prize for news coverage was taken by Victoria Derbyshire: Footballers’ Abuse.
Collecting the prize, Derbyshire said: “This was an interview I did with four men, former footballers who trusted us enough to talk to our audience about the alleged abuse they received as boys.
“You cannot underestimate the courage it took for them to do that on national television live.
“As a result of what they did, hundreds of other potential victims came forward to the police.”
The live event prize was won by The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration on ITV, which was collected by hosts Ant and Dec, who joked they would take it to The Queen on Monday.
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