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Wolf Hall Among BAFTA TV Award Winners

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British stars including Idris Elba, Mark Rylance, Sheridan Smith and Suranne Jones have attended the TV BAFTA Awards in London.

Rylance's Wolf Hall series was named best drama, while Strictly Come Dancing took home its first ever TV BAFTA for entertainment programme.

Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky was outspoken during his politically charged acceptance speech at the Royal Festival Hall.

He claimed the Government was trying to "eviscerate" the BBC and warned this would mean there would be no more productions like the Tudor-era series.

He referred to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's reported plans to interfere with the scheduling of shows such as Strictly as similar to the "bastions of democracy Russia and North Korea".

He said: "In many ways our broadcasters, the BBC and Channel 4, which they're also attempting to eviscerate, are the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it.

"This is really scary stuff folks, not something I thought I'd see in my lifetime in this country.

"It is not their BBC, it's your BBC. There will be no more Wolf Hall, no more groundbreaking Dispatches."

Instead, he claimed programming would be made on the basis of how much it "lines the pockets of its shareholders".

He urged viewers to "stand up to this dangerous nonsense".

Comedian Peter Kay was named winner of the male performance in a comedy programme category for Peter Kay's Car Share.

The prize for best comedy performance by a female actress went to Michaela Coel who starred in Chewing Gum.

She said she wanted to "pay her respects to the late Victoria Wood" as she accepted her award.

She went on to say: "If there's anyone out there who look a bit like me and feels out of place, and wants to get into this (acting), you are beautiful, embrace it, you are intelligent, embrace it, you are powerful, embrace it."

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