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Borgen scoops international Bafta

Danish political drama Borgen was last night named best international series at the Bafta television awards, where the best drama prize when to axed BBC3 show The Fades.



Borgen, produced by Danish pubcaster DR and shown in the UK on BBC4, beat competition from another DR series, The Killing season two, US sitcom Modern Family and Australian drama The Slap to win the award.

The first season of The Killing won the same category last year.

In the drama group, supernatural show The Fades, produced by the BBC’s in-house production team for BBC3, took the prize ahead of Misfits, Spooks and Scott & Bailey.

C21 reported last month that The Fades would be axed as the BBC decided to concentrate on its other supernatural drama, Being Human.

This is England ’88, produced by Warp Films for Channel 4, picked up best miniseries; and Random, a Hillbilly Production also for C4, was named best single drama.

In the factual space, BBC3’s Our War won factual series; and C4’s Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret was honoured in the specialist factual category.

BBC2 film Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die picked up the prize for single documentary.

Elsewhere, BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off won the features prize; BBC1’s The Young Apprentice scooped the award for reality and constructed factual; and BBC1’s Panorama took first place in the current affairs category for its film Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed.

BBC Online won the new media prize for Psychoville; C4’s Derren Brown: The Experiments was named best entertainment programme; and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle won the comedy programme category.

BBC1 comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys won the situation comedy award; while ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice picked up the YouTube audience award, which is voted for by members of the public.

In the personality categories, leading actor went to Dominic West for ITV1’s miniseries Appropriate Adult, about real-life serial killer Fred West, while his co-star Emily Watson won leading actress.

Sherlock’s Andrew Scott picked up the award for supporting actor, while Appropriate Adult’s Monica Dolan won best supporting actress.

Graham Norton won entertainment performance for BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show for the second year running. Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders and Spy’s Darren Boyd won female and male performance in a comedy programme respectively.

Meanwhile, Manchester-set soap Coronation Street picked up the prize in the soap and long-running drama category; C4 was honoured for its news coverage of the Japan earthquake; and BBC1’s coverage of the royal wedding won the prize for sport and live event.


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