Actors, being the face of our favourite programmes, tend to steal the limelight for obvious reasons.
However, without the genius of the behind-the-scenes heroes, actors couldn’t shine as brightly as they do, and it’s these heroes that were honoured by BAFTA today.
Stephen Mangan hosted the awards, held at The Brewery in London, and opened proceedings with a speech celebrating our re-aquaintance in 2016 of a few old favourites, from The X Files and Cold Feet to rampant xenophobia and the threat of nuclear armageddon.
Anything fronted by David Attenborough is quality assured, so there’s no surprise to find that his must-see programmes scooped three awards: Sound, Factual for Planet Earth II, The Great Barrier Reef Dive winning Digital Creativity and Planet Earth II taking Photography, Factual – a somewhat foregone conclusion since all four nominees were from the series! ‘Cities’ was the most acclaimed episode.
The Night Manager – with all parties involved up for doing a series 2 – was the first double winner of the evening, taking the Editing, Fiction Award along with Sound, Fiction.
From its multiple nominations, The Crown also ended the evening with two awards: Special, Visual and Graphic Effects together with Costume Design.
National Treasure was also a double winner, picking up the awards for Original Music and Director, Fiction.
Also honoured was Bobby Warans, legendary props guru, presented with the Special Award. You may not know his name but you’ll have certainly seen his wares on anything and everything from Strictly Come Dancing and Blankety Blank to Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Horrible Histories.
As he said himself: “I’m a bit partial to a bit of glitz and glitter so how very fortunate that Strictly came into my life 14 series ago. If ever a show had my name on it, it was this one. To be told each week: “Oh, Bobby, just cover it in glitter!” I’d died and gone to heaven!”