A Very English Scandal is big winner at Bafta TV Craft Awards

The awards celebrate the best behind-the-scenes talent working in television.

BBC drama A Very English Scandal was the big winner at the Bafta TV Craft Awards, scooping three gongs.

The programme based on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal, which starred Hugh Grant, was awarded the Costume Design and Editing: Fiction prizes, while Stephen Frears was honoured in the Director: Fiction category.

It beat favourite Killing Eve, which had nine nominations – the most of any programme – going into the ceremony.

The drama about an MI5 officer (Sandra Oh) hunting a psychotic assassin (Jodie Comer) did not go home empty-handed, winning for Original Music and Sound: Fiction.

But its writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge lost out to Patrick Melrose scribe David Nicholls in the Writer: Drama category.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the red carpet
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Ian West/PA)

Patrick Melrose also won the Production Design award at the event, which celebrates the best behind-the-scenes talent working in television.

Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper won Writer: Comedy for This Country, and composer, producer and writer Akemnji Ndifornyen was presented with the Breakthrough Talent prize for Famalam.

The award for Entertainment Craft Team was presented to the BBC Studios group for Royal British Legion Festival Of Remembrance, which paid tribute to the victims of war and conflict, and the Director: Factual Bafta went to Ben Anthony for Grenfell.

Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops won the Editing: Factual award, while Sound: Factual went to Later Live… With Jools Holland.

Script supervisor Emma Thomas was presented with the Special Award for her outstanding contribution to the industry.

Thomas has acted as script supervisor on television shows including Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds Of A Feather, Benidorm, Bad Education, Luther and The Bill.

The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Mangan and presenters included Priyanga Burford, Greg Davies, Mel Giedroyc, Alex Kingston, Malachi Kirby, Bruce Oldfield and Michael Palin.

Mangan opened with a video which showed him taking off Killing Eve assassin Villanelle.

The parody, entitled Killing Steve, saw the star don a frothy pink dress to portray Villanelle, who is played by Jodie Comer in the show.

Stephen Mangan as assassin Villanelle
Stephen Mangan as assassin Villanelle (Bafta/Jonathan Birch/PA)

His character is being interviewed by two people who question the “psychopathic quality” to his recent awards presenting.

After they have quizzed him, he whips out a gun and shoots them both.

“Oops!” he says.

The Bafta TV Craft Awards were held at The Brewery, City of London.

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