Monday, 23 May 2011


[11.18 - French Time] Yesterday night Graham Norton hosted the 2011 TV Baftas, aired on BBC One... with a one hour delay.

Rightfully celebrated both by viewers and critics last year, Downton Abbey lost Drama Series to the hip Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss "reinvention" of Sherlock, and the YouTube Audience Award to ITV2's reality show The Only Way is Essex. Sherlock's Martin Freeman won Best Supporting Actor but his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) lost Leading Actor to Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie).

Anyway Cumberbatch will apparently rejoin the new home of British telly stars: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, currently filming in New Zealand. At some point ITV and the BBC will certainly need to ask Jackson's permission before commissioning a new drama or hire US actors instead. They already have Gillian Anderson, nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for Any Human Heart.

One could argue that showing an award ceremony with a one hour delay is pointless, particularly in these Twitter days, but one could also argue that the delay should have been longer regarding the general atmosphere of the show (especially some jokes).

Full list of winners here:,1766,BA.html

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