BAFTA: Fred West Drama Takes Top TV Awards For Dominic West, Emily Watson

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A drama about the serial killer Fred West and a social worker connected with his case has taken three top gongs at this year's BAFTA TV Awards.

Dominic West took the award for best lead performance by a male for his role of Fred West in the chilling mini-series Appropriate Adult. He beat a strong field including Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, a favourite with even those in West's camp, as it transpired.

"Even my sister was rooting for Benedict – she’s watching with eyes filling up with tears," West remarked as he received his statuette.

West's co-star Emily Watson took the award for best lead performance by a female, while Monica Dolan won the best supporting female gong for her role of Rose West in the same drama.

The YouTube Audience Award, the only one voted for by the public, went to Celebrity Juice - the quiz show hosted by Keith Lemon, the comic alter-ego of Leigh Francis, helped by team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton.

Sherlock was another winner on the night. Andrew Scott, who played the villainous Moriarty in the series, thanked his parents as he picked up his award and paid tribute to the "exceptionally talented Mr Benedict Cumberbatch" who plays Sherlock.

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Jennifer Saunders won the award for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her return to Absolutely Fabulous. The star said: "That was a bit of a shock, thank you for still finding it funny."

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The award for Entertainment Performance went to Graham Norton, while Coronation Street scooped the award for best Soap and Continuing Drama. BBC One's Mrs Brown's Boys won the Situation Comedy category.

Newsreader Kate Silverton presented the Single Documentary award to BBC2's Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die - the best-selling author's examination of euthanasia.

The last award of the night was the Bafta Fellowship, given to veteran Australian artist and entertainer Rolf Harris.

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