Chernobyl has won two top prizes at this year’s virtual BAFTA TV ceremony following huge success at the organisation’s craft awards earlier this month.
Telling the story of the nuclear disaster at the Ukraine plant on 26 April 1986, the five-part Sky original series took home the gongs for best mini-series and leading actor, for Jared Harris – bringing the show’s total number of BAFTAs this year to nine.
With the winners accepting their prizes virtually, many got glammed up at home despite the lack of a red carpet – and shared their pictures on social media as they enjoyed the ceremony.
Other big winners included comedy Stath Lets Flats, starring Jamie Demetriou as an incompetent Greek-Cypriot lettings agent, which picked up the awards for scripted comedy and male performance in a comedy programme, and dark comedy The End Of The F***ing World, which also scooped two prizes – the big one for drama series, and supporting actress for Naomi Ackie.
The leading actress award went to Glenda Jackson, for her role in Elizabeth Is Missing; Will Sharpe, who plays Rodney in Giri/Haji, was named best supporting actor, while Sian Clifford beat her on-screen sister and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to win the female performance in a comedy programme prize.
The prize for news coverage went to Sky News, for its reporting on the protests in Hong Kong, beating competition from ITV News At Ten’s election results, Victoria Derbyshire’s Men Who Lost Loved Ones To Knife Crime and Newsnight’s Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal interview.
Broadcast as live on BBC One from a closed-doors studio with just host Richard Ayoade and some of the award presenters there in person, the nominees relied on their wifi connections to accept their prizes – and all seemed to go smoothly.
Idris Elba received the night’s special award, one of BAFTA’s top honours, for his creative contribution to television and his work promoting diversity and new talent in the industry. He praised his upbringing in east London as he accepted the prize.