Baftas 2016: Full list of winners at the TV awards

Wolf Hall takes Best British Drama, while Transparent takes the International award.

Mark Rylance collects his Leading Actor award for Wolf Hall
Mark Rylance collects his Leading Actor award for Wolf Hall

It's fast becoming tradition that award ceremonies are taken over by one overarching political issue, and at this year's TV Baftas it was recent rumblings of the closure of the BBC.

Several of the night's award winners including Ian Hislop and Mark Rylance called for the safeguarding of the broadcaster's future during their acceptance speeches, but it was Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminky who really went all out, accusing the government of trying to "eviscerate" it in an impassioned defence.

"I think most people would agree that the BBC’s main job is to speak truth to power," he told the audience, who went on to give him a lengthy standing ovation. "To report to the British public without fear or favour, no matter how unpalatable that might be to those in government. It’s a public broadcaster independent of government, it’s your BBC.

"In many ways, our broadcasting, the BBC and Channel 4, which they’re also attempting to eviscerate, is the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default.

"And if we don’t, blink and it will be gone. There will be no more Wolf Halls, no more award-winning Dispatches documentaries on Channel 4, just a broadcasting landscape where the only determinate of whether something gets made is whether it’s likely to line the pockets of its shareholders.

"No, no," he concluded. "It’s time for us to stand up and say ‘no’ to this dangerous nonsense. Thank you very much."

Peter Kosminsky gives passionate defence of BBC

This year's ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton at London's Royal Festival Hall, with the top awards going to Wolf Hall for Best Drama, Mark Rylance for Leading Actor in the series, Suranne Jones for Doctor Foster and Transparent for best International show.

Peter Kay's Car Share and Have I Got News For You were decorated in the comedy categories, though there were no prizes for Peep Show, which bowed with its final season this past year.

Winners list in full:

Special Award

Lenny Henry

Leading Actor

Mark Rylance

Wolf Hall

Leading Actress

Suranne Jones

Doctor Foster

Entertainment Performance

Leigh Francis

Celebrity Juice

Scripted Comedy

Peter Kay’s Car Share

Peter Kay, Gill Isles, Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman.

Features

The Great British Bake Off

Paolo Proto, Andy Devonshire, Anna Beattie.

Soap & Continuing Drama

EastEnders

Production Team

Specialist Factual

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners

Production Team

Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme

Have I Got News for You

Richard Wilson, Mark Barrett, Danny Carr, Jo Bunting.

Supporting Actress

Chanel Cresswell

This is England ’90

Reality & Constructed Factual

First Dates

Nicola Lloyd, Martin Conway, Adam Chapman, Rob Clifford.

Supporting Actor

Tom Courtenay

Unforgotten

Radio Times Audience Award

Poldark

Fellowship

Ray Galton & Alan Simpson

Single Drama

Don’t Take My Baby

Jack Thorne, Ben Anthony, Pier Wilkie, Aysha Rafaele.

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Peter Kay

Peter Kay’s Car Share

International

Transparent

Production Team

Sport

The Ashes

Bryan Henderson, Mark Lynch, David Lloyd, Ian Ward.

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Michaela Coel

Chewing Gum

Live Event

Big Blue Live

Production Team.

News Coverage

Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre

Jon Snow, Lindsey Hilsum, Jonathan Rugman, Ben de Pear.

Factual Series

The Murder Detectives

Ben Brown, Bart Corpe, Neil Grant, Dave Nath.

Mini-Series

This Is England ‘90

Shane Meadows, Mark Herbert, Jack Thorne, Rebekah Wray Rogers.

Current Affairs

Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola

Dan Edge, Sasha Joelle Achilli , Eamonn Matthews, Sarah Waldron.

Single Documentary

My Son the Jihadi

Production Team

Entertainment Programme

Strictly Come Dancing

Louise Rainbow,

Vinnie Shergill, Sarah James, Nikki Parsons.Find out more about this award

Entertainment Programme

Strictly Come Dancing

Louise Rainbow, Vinnie Shergill, Sarah James, Nikki Parsons.

Drama Series

Wolf Hall

Peter Kosminsky, Peter Straughan, Mark Pybus, Colin Callender.

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