BBC triumphs at the Baftas

Doctor Who, Bleak House and EastEnders were big winners at the Baftas on a night of triumph for the BBC.

Doctor Who, Bleak House and EastEnders were big winners at the Baftas on a night of triumph for the BBC.

EastEnders snatched back the best soap crown from Coronation Street for the first time in four years.

Doctor Who was named Best Drama Series and won the Pioneer Audience Award for best programme of 2005. The creator of the new series, Russell T Davies, also won the Dennis Potter Award for outstanding writing for television, which ws presented by the Doctor himself, David Tennant.

The BBC’s adaptation of Charles Dickens classic Bleak House won the award for Best Drama Serial, while Anna Maxwell Martin was named Best Actress, beating co-star Gillian Anderson.

There were also two awards for BBC 4 political satire The Thick of It.

Actor Chris Langham was winner of the Best Comedy Performance award, chosen ahead of Catherine Tate and Extras’ star Ashley Jensen, with the show also picking up Best Sitcom.

Noel Edmonds missed out on his first Bafta.

The presenter had been nominated for Best Entertainment Performance for his hit Channel 4 quiz show Deal or No Deal.

But the prize went instead to Jonathan Ross for his Friday Night With Jonathan Ross chat show.

Hit BBC 2 show The Apprentice was named Best Feature.

The X-Factor provided ITV with its only award of the night, for Best Entertainment programme.

Davina McCall hosted the Bafta ceremony from the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.

Jamie Oliver’s crusading show Jamie’s School Dinners was winner of Best Factual Series, and the TV chef also won the Richard Dimbleby award for outstanding presenter of a factual programme.

Channel 4’s The Government Inspector picked up two awards – Best Single Drama and Best Actor for Mark Rylance.

England’s historic Ashes victory won the Best Sport Award for Channel 4.

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