Yorkshire dramas Happy Valley and Emmerdale reigns at the BAFTA awards as The Crown misses out

Happy Valley has triumphed over The Crown at the Bafta TV awards, as the royal drama left empty handed despite racking up the most nominations with five nods.

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire with her Bafta award.
Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire with her Bafta award.

The police drama, filmed in the Halifax and Hebden Bridge area, starring Sarah Lancashire snatched the best drama series prize from the big budget Netflix production, while Lancashire took the leading actress prize over The Crown's star Claire Foy.

Addressing the tearful actress, who played a young Queen Elizabeth II in the series, Lancashire said: "Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet that I have ever had, thank you."

The Crown also missed out on the best supporting actor gong, despite both Jared Harris and John Lithgow being nominated.

The prize instead went to The Night Manager star Tom Hollander, while the supporting actress prize went to Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola, Our Loved Boy over The Crown's Vanessa Kirby.

Before the ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, nominees were warned acceptance speeches would be cut short if they became too political and jeopardised the BBC's impartiality rules ahead of the General Election.

That did not stop host Sue Perkins poking fun at Theresa May, as she said: "I promise to deliver you a strong and stable Baftas."

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire with her Bafta award.

Ant & Dec had a successful night as the live event prize was won by The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration, which they fronted on ITV, while Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway won the entertainment prize.

It was also a winning night for the BBC's nature series Planet Earth II, which won the specialist factual Bafta, although narrator Sir David Attenborough did not join the production team to collect the prize.

It also claimed Virgin TV's must-see moment prize for the snakes versus iguana chase.

Collecting the gong, executive producer Mike Gunton said: "We are surprised this won because half of people watched this sequence from behind their sofa, but the other half were at home shouting 'run iguana run' and they must be the ones who voted."

The cast of Emmerdale with the award for Best Soap.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy, about the killing of schoolboy Damilola Taylor, won the Bafta for single drama, while the mini series prize was taken by National Treasure, a drama inspired by Operation Yewtree.

Who Do You Think You Are? triumphed over The Great British Bake Off for the features prize while People Just Do Nothing beat Fleabag, Flowers and Camping for the scripted comedy gong.

The female performance in a comedy programme prize was taken by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, beating her co-star Olivia Colman.

Nick Fraser was presented with the Bafta special award for his 20 years as editor of the BBC's Storyville documentary strand.

Jennifer Saunders looks on at Joanna Lumley with the Fellow Award in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017.

Fraser, who suffered a stroke earlier this year, stood next to his daughter Isabelle, as she read out his speech.

Hillsborough, a programme about the 1989 football tragedy, won the single documentary prize.

The Bafta Fellowship was presented to Joanna Lumley by her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders, who said: "In 1990 I handed her some scrappy lines and unformed ideas and she alone created Patsy Stone, a creation that has at least kept me laughing for 27 years.

"She's a comic genius and a brilliant clown who never forgets how hard it's been to get where she is."

Lumley said it was "paradise" to receive the honour before she adopted Patsy's famous drawl to add: "I just want to say actually to you all, thanks sweeties, thanks a lot."

Emmerdale took home the award for best Soap and Continuing Drama, beating the likes of Eastenders and Coronation Street.

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire with her Bafta award.

Here is a list of winners:


Joanna Lumley

Special award

Nick Fraser

Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme

Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe Production Team - House of Tomorrow/BBC2

Current Affairs

Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed (Panorama) Production Team - BBC Productions/BBC1

Drama Series

Happy Valley Sally Wainwright, Juliet Charlesworth, Nicola Shindler, Neasa Hardiman - Red Production Company/BBC One

Entertainment Performance

Michael McIntyre, Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Hungry McBear/BBC1

Entertainment Programme

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Production Team - ITV Studios/Mitre Television/ITV

Factual Series

Exodus: Our Journey To Europe Production Team - Keo Films/The Open University/BBC Two


Who Do You Think You Are? Colette Flight, Sarah Feltes, Anna Kirkwood, Helen Nixon - Wall to Wall Media/BBC1

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag - Two Brothers Pictures/BBC Three


The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson - Fox 21 Television Studios/Fx Productions/BBC Two

Leading Actor

Adeel Akhtar, Murdered By My Father - BBC Studios/BBC3

Leading Actress

Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley - Red Production Company/BBC1

Live Event

The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration Production Team - ITV Studios/Spun Gold Television/ITV

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Steve Coogan, Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle - Baby Cow Productions/Sky Atlantic


National Treasure George Ormond, Marc Munden, Jack Thorne, John Chapman - The Forge/Channel 4

News Coverage

Victoria Derbyshire: Footballers' Abuse Victoria Derbyshire, Louisa Compton, Jo Adnitt - BBC News/BBC2

Reality & Constructed Factual

Muslims Like Us Kieran Smith, Nicholas Packer, Oliver Manley, Mobeen Azhar - Love Productions/BBC2

Scripted Comedy

People Just Do Nothing Production Team - Roughcut TV/BBC Three

Single Documentary

Hillsborough Production Team - Very Much So Productions/Passion Pictures/BBC Two

Single Drama

Damilola, Our Loved Boy Levi David Addai, Euros Lyn, Susan Horth, Colin Barr - Minnow Films/BBC1

Soap & Continuing Drama

Emmerdale Production Team - ITV Studios/ITV

Specialist Factual

Planet Earth II Michael Gunton, Tom Hugh-Jones, Elizabeth White, Sir David Attenborough - BBC Studios/BBC Natural History Unit/BBC America/Zdf/France Television/BBC One


The Open Production Team - Sky Sports/European Tour Productions/Sky Sports 1

Supporting Actor

Tom Hollander, The Night Manager - The Ink Factory/Demarest/Character Seven/BBC1

Supporting Actress

Wunmi Mosaku, Damilola, Our Loved Boy - Minnow Films/BBC1

Virgin TV's Must-See Moment

Planet Earth II: Snakes Vs Iguana Chase - BBC Studios/BBC Natural History Unit/BBC America/ZDF/France Television/BBC1

The cast of Emmerdale with the award for Best Soap.
Jennifer Saunders looks on at Joanna Lumley with the Fellow Award in the press room at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2017.