'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Take Away' took home the gong for Entertainment Programme for the third time at the 2017 Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards.

Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec

The presenting duo - comprised of Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - have made household names for themselves with their Saturday night entertainment show, and proved for the third time they are worthy of a TV BAFTA for the show when they won the award on Sunday (15.05.17).

It was West Yorkshire drama 'Happy Valley' that won big at the ceremony - which honours the very best programmes and performances of 2016 - though, taking home both the Drama Series award, and bagging actress Sarah Lancashire the accolade for Leading Actress.

True-crime drama 'Damilola, Our Loved Boy' - which tells the story of Damilola Taylor's tragic murder - also scored two awards, winning the Single Drama award, and giving actress Wunmi Mosaku her first ever TV BAFTA for Supporting Actress.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge took home the award for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role in 'Fleabag', whilst Steve Coogan won the male counterpart for 'Alan Partridge's Scissored Isles'.

'Emmerdale' was presented with the Soap & Continuing Drama award for the second time, whilst the Scripted Comedy award went to 'People Just Do Nothing'.

The coveted Fellowship accolade - which is the highest award presented by the Academy - was this year presented to Joanna Lumley in acknowledgement of her 40-year long career, whilst Nick Fraser received the Special Award for his work in documentaries such as 'Project Nim' and 'Notes on Blindness'.

Meanwhile, despite dominating the nominations with nods in five categories, Netflix drama 'The Crown' - which starred former 'Doctor Who' actor Matt Smith - failed to pick up a single award on the night.

2017 Virgin TV British Academy Television Award winners:


Joanna Lumley

Special Award

Nick Fraser

Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme

'Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe'

Current Affairs

'Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed (Panorama)'

Drama Series

'Happy Valley'

Entertainment Performance

Michael McIntyre - 'Michael McIntyre's Big Show'

Entertainment Programme

'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'

Factual Series

'Exodus: Our Journey To Europe'


'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - 'Fleabag'


'The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story'

Leading Actor

Adeel Akhtar - 'Murdered By My Father'

Leading Actress

Sarah Lancashire - 'Happy Valley'

Live Event

'The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration'

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Steve Coogan - 'Alan Partidge's Scissored Isle'


'National Treasure'

News Coverage

'Victoria Derbyshire: Footballer's Abuse'

Reality & Constructed Factual

'Muslims Like Us'

Scripted Comedy

'People Just Do Nothing'

Single Documentary


Single Drama

'Damilola, Our Loved Boy'

Soap & Continuing Drama


Specialist Factual

'Planet Earth II'


'The Open'

Supporting Actor

Tom Hollander - 'The Night Manager'

Supporting Actress

Wunmi Mosaku - 'Damilola, Our Loved Boy'

Virgin TV's Must-See Moment

'Planet Earth II' - Snakes vs Iguana Chase

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