Irish comics Brendan O’Carroll
and Graham Norton celebrated wins at the BAFTA
awards last night.
Dubliner Brendan (56) took the gong for Best Sitcom for his madcap series Mrs Brown’s Boys
He managed to beat rival sitcom Rev, which beat Brendan’s series at the Baftas last year.
“All we wanted to do was make people laugh and it seems to be working,’’ Brendan said as he picked up his gong. However, the Dublin comic later lost out on his second nomination for Best Male Performance in a Comedy to Darren Boyd from Spy. Cork funnyman Graham Norton
(49) took the award for Best Entertainment Performance for his BBC chat show.
He beat fellow Irish presenter Dara O Briain
— who was also nominated in the same category for his show Mock The Week. Dara (40) — who presented the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall, — insisted he wasn’t bitter to see the award going to his fellow Irishman, who was returning from Azerbaijan after the Eurovision.
“I can’t begrudge Graham Norton,” he said. “He spent the last 24 hours comforting Engelbert Humperdinck. He’s carrying his own cross.’’’ Dublin actor Andrew Scott
took the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Moriarty in Sherlock. He beat fellow Irish actor Stephen Rea — who was also nominated for his role in The Shadow Line.
The Leading Actor gong went to Dominic West
for his role in ITV’s Appropriate Adult. His co-stars Emily Watson and Monica Dolan
were named Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting actress. Simon Cowell’s shows The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent didn’t get a look into the entertainment category this year.
Channel 4’s series Derren Brown: The Experiments won the Best Entertainment Programme gong beating ITV’s Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow on BBC1 and ITV2’s Celebrity Juice. Jennifer Saunders landed the prize for Best Female in a Comedy for her role in Absolutely Fabulous.
BBC3’s The Fades won the prize for best drama series against E4’s Misfits, BBC1’s Spooks and ITV1’s Scott And Bailey. And Coronation Street came out on top in the battle of the soaps. A new category for Reality and Constructed Factual programmes saw Young Apprentice beat An Idiot Abroad, Don’t Tell The Bride and Made In Chelsea.