Party back at the Rovers! Coronation Street beats reigning champions EastEnders to win Best Soap at the BAFTA TV Awards
22:56 GMT, 27 May 2012
It's a constant battle between the rival soaps every year at every glitzy, glamorous star-studded awards ceremony over who will take home the Best Soap crown.
Especially at a prestigious event such as the British Academy Television Awards, which last year crowned EastEnders as the winner of its Soap and Continuing Drama Award.
But in what has been a truly turbulent year for the residents of Coronation Street, this year the gong went to them.
All back to the Rovers then Some of the cast and crew of Coronation Street pose with their golden gongs after winning Best Soap at this year's BAFTA TV Awards
And the cast and some of the crew looked stunned and delighted as award presenters Alex Jones and Bruno Tonioli made the announcement.
Cast members including Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre, Willima Roache, best known as Ken Barlow and Chris Fountain who stars as Tommy Duckworth, couldn't stop smiling as they took to the stage to accept the award.
And Roache paid tribute to his colleagues and praised the 'team effort' behind the long-running show.
It's ours! Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt and Paula Lane who plays Kylie Turner on stage collecting the award
Other winners on the night included the ITV drama Appropriate Adult, which scooped three gongs including Supporting Actress Monica Dolan for her portrayal of Rose West and one for Dominic West as Leading Actor for his role as notorious serial killer Fred West.
Paying tribute to Janet Leach, who served as West's confident after his arrest, he said: 'I hope she has had some closure and we have honoured the suffering she endured and the suffering of all the West's victims, living and dead.'
Emily Watson, who played Leach and won the Leading Actress award added: 'When I first heard about this show I thought I probably shouldn't do it because of the subject matter – and then I read the script.'
Big winners: Dominic West and Emily Watson hold their gongs for Leading Actor and Actress for their parts in the Fred West drama Appropriate Adult
But she admitted the role had taken its toll, and added: 'I know things I wish I didn't about that case.'
The night was hosted by Irish comic Dara O'Briain, who lost out on the award for Entertainment Performance which went to Graham Norton.
O'Briain joked he could not begrudge the Eurovision Song Contest coverage host his award, 'because he's spent the last 24 hours comforting Engelbert Humperdinck'.
Bang tidy! Keith Lemon poses with Celebrity Juice team captains Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton after the show won the You Tube Audience Award
Drama Series went to The Fades, Single Drama went to Channel 4's Random and the Current Affairs gong was given to BBC1's Panorama: Undercover Care – The Abuse Exposed.
The Factual Series award went to BBC3's Our War which followed British troops on the ground in Afghanistan, BBC1's Mrs Brown's Boys won the Situation Comedy category, beating competition including Rev and Fresh Meat.
The International Award went to the critically-acclaimed Danish political drama Borgen, Sport and Live Event went to the team behind BBC1's coverage of the Royal Wedding and the Specialist Factual award went to Channel 4's Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret.
Hard-hitting: Shane Meadows and his cast from This Is England which won the best mini series
The Mini Series award went to Shane Meadows' This Is England '88, with the writer and director thanking his real family and his 'film family', while Entertainment Programme award went to Derren Brown: The Experiments.
Newsreader Kate Silverton presented the Single Documentary award to BBC2's Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die – the best-selling author's examination of euthanasia.
Pratchett, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, thanked the BBC for 'allowing us to tackle this rather strange subject for a documentary'.
Revealing: Terry Prachett and the crew behind his documentary Choosing To Die – the author's examination of euthanasia – which won Best Single Documentary
He also paid tribute to the family of Peter Smedley who allowed the documentary film to show his final days in the run-up to his death at a clinic.
Pratchett said: 'It turned us about a bit but we saw what happened and so did you.'
Jennifer Saunders won the award for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her return to Absolutely Fabulous and she said: 'That was a bit of a shock, thank you for still finding it funny.'
Shocked: Actor Darren Boyd and presenter Davina McCall after he won the Best Male Performance in a Comedy
And the YouTube Audience Award, the only one voted for by the public, was presented by Amy Childs and Harry Derbridge from The Only Way is Essex, which won it last year.
This year it went to Celebrity Juice – the quiz show hosted by Keith Lemon, the comic alter-ego of Leigh Francis.
The award for best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme went to Darren Boyd for Sky One's Spy.
Having beaten better-known names including Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander, Boyd promptly said he should never have won, adding: 'That is ridiculous, Tom Hollander should have won this for that clip alone. This is ridiculous, but I'll take it.'
Deserved: Jennifer Saunders and her gong for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for the Absolutely Fabulous revival and Rolf Harris, who was given the Fellowship award for being 'a national British treasure'
The last award of the night was the Bafta Fellowship, given to veteran Australian artist and entertainer Rolf Harris.
Presenting him with the award, actor Robert Lindsay said he was 'a national British treasure' and introduced a film of tributes from big names including Russell Crowe.
Harris came on stage to a standing ovation, brandished his award and joked: 'I was going to say “Can you tell what it is yet”, but perhaps I won't. How amazing is it to discover what you love doing most can become your career, if you've been as lucky as I have been.'
THE BAFTA TV AWARDS WINNERS IN FULL
FELLOWSHIP – Rolf Harris
SPECIAL AWARD – Steven Moffat
LEADING ACTOR – Dominic West – Appropriate Adult (ITV)
LEADING ACTRESS – Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
SUPPORTING ACTOR – Andrew Scott – Sherlock (BBC One)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Monica Dolan – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE – Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY – Jennifer Saunders – Absolutely Fabulous (BBC One)
MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY – Darren Boyd – Spy (Sky One)
SINGLE DRAMA – Random
MINI SERIES – This is England ‘88 (Channel 4)
DRAMA SERIES – The Fades (BBC Three)
SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA – Coronation Street (ITV)
INTERNATIONAL – Borgen (BBC Four)
FACTUAL SERIES – Our War (BBC Three)
SPECIALIST FACTUAL – Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret (Channel 4)
SINGLE DOCUMENTARY – Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die (BBC Two)
FEATURES – The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL – The Young Apprentice (BBC One)
CURRENT AFFAIRS – Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Panorama)
NEWS COVERAGE – Channel 4 News: Japan Earthquake Production Team
SPORT AND LIVE EVENT – The Royal Wedding (BBC One)
NEW MEDIA – Psychoville (BBC)
ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME – Derren Brown: The Experiments (Channel 4)
COMEDY PROGRAMME – Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC TWO)
SITUATION COMEDY – Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One)
YOU TUBE AUDIENCE AWARD – Celebrity Juice (ITV)