TV Baftas 2014: Breaking Bad wins Best International series


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Breaking Bad has won its first Bafta, beating off competition from Borgen, House of Cards and The Returned in the Best International category.

The hit AMC drama was awarded the Bafta following the phenomenal success of its fifth series last summer.

The final series of the drama, which stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as two meth-makers in New Mexico, was only available to watch through Netflix in the UK and Ireland, making Breaking Bad the first drama that was not broadcast in its entirety on a TV channel to win a Bafta.

The drama has received universal acclaim among critics, with many hailing it as the best TV series since HBO’s The Sopranos.

Accepting the award at the Theatre Royal in London, Aaron Paul, who stars as Jesse Pinkman, said: “This is such an honour to be nominated in this category. I feel so blessed to be in your company, my god. The fact that I’m standing on this stage is so crazy to me.

Breaking Bad was such an incredible journey,  I just want to thank Vince Gilligan, who created it. Man, you’re brilliant. Thank you to the rest of the cast, thank you family, thank you all!”

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