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Written by Daniel Kirby on 9th May 2016

bafta awards 2016 bbc government threat

The BAFTA Television Awards recently took place in an event that turned out to have an unusually political edge, with the government coming under fire for their proposed changes to the BBC.

Wolf Hall director Peter Kominsky received the first award of the evening and used the opportunity to suggest that the BBC is 'under threat', before going on to accuse the government of trying to 'eviscerate' the BBC and Channel 4.

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Later on, when Mark Rylance won the award for best leading actor, also for Wolf Hall, he too joined in the condemnation whilst also praising the 'incredible variety of popular culture' in the UK.

The political speeches were in response to government plans to publish a white paper which will outline the future set up and function of the BBC, including a proposal to replace the majority of the BBC board with government appointees.

In Kosminsky's speech he suggested that these plans would turn the BBC into a state broadcaster like 'those bastions of democracy Russia and North Korea'.

Elsewhere on the evening, Peter Kay saw success after winning two awards for his comedy Car Share, whilst Suranne Jones received the award for best leading actress for her part in hit BBC drama Doctor Foster.

You can find the full list of winners below.


  • Leading actor - Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
  • Leading actress - Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster
  • Supporting actor - Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten
  • Supporting actress - Chanel Cresswell, This Is England '90
  • Entertainment performance - Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice
  • Female performance in a comedy programme - Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum
  • Male performance in a comedy - Peter Kay, Peter Kay's Car Share
  • Single drama - Don't Take My Baby
  • Mini-series - This Is England '90
  • Drama series - Wolf Hall
  • Soap and continuing drama - Eastenders
  • International - Transparent
  • Factual series - The Murder Detectives
  • Specialist factual - Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
  • Single Documentary - My Son The Jihadi
  • Features - The Great British Bake Off
  • Reality and constructed factual - First Dates
  • Current affairs - Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (This World)
  • News coverage - Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre
  • Sport - The Ashes
  • Live event - Big Blue Live
  • Entertainment programme - Strictly Come Dancing
  • Comedy and comedy entertainment programme - Have I Got News For You
  • Scripted comedy - Peter Kay's Car Share
  • Radio Times audience award - Poldark
  • Special Award in honour of Alan Clarke - Lenny Henry