Big Zuu wins two gongs at the BAFTA TV Awards

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Big Zuu with his awards credit:Bang Showbiz
Big Zuu with his awards credit:Bang Showbiz

Big Zuu was among the big winners at the BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday (08.05.22).

The 27-year-old star - who presents 'Big Zuu's Big Eats' on Dave - won the Entertainment Performance and Features gongs at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

In his Features acceptance speech, the TV star - whose mother is from Sierra Leone and his father from Lebanon - told the audience: "Representation is so important.

"Growing up, there weren't many chefs or people that looked like me on telly. And now, there's young people watching us doing our ting, going, 'You know what, if these wastemen can win a BAFTA, surely we can'."

The London-born later admitted to being shocked by his success in the Entertainment Performance category.

He joked: "I kind of let it all out in the first speech!"

Elsewhere, the hard-hitting dramas 'Time' and 'Help' also won two awards each.

Jodie Comer won the Leading Actress gong for her performance 'Help', while her co-star Cathy Tyson claimed the Supporting Actress accolade.

Jodie, 29, played a young care worker in the one-off drama, and she thanked the real-life carers who helped her with her research.

She said: "The biggest reward is that they felt truly represented with the telling of this story."

'Time' - the three-part drama about prison life - won the Mini-series award ahead of 'It's a Sin', 'Landscapers' and 'Stephen', while Sean Bean - who starred in the show alongside Stephen Graham - was handed the Leading Actor prize.

Sean, 63, didn't attend the ceremony but Stephen was at the event and he explained why he loved making the drama series.

He said: "This is the reason why I wanted to be an actor as a kid, to tell stories which had a social commentary."

Meanwhile, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice won Virgin Media's Must-See Moment award for their silent routine on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Rose - who was born deaf - said: "Thank you to every single person who has voted for us. It's a very special moment for us and hopefully it's shown how powerful TV can be, where actually it can influence and change things."

Sir Billy Connolly was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship and the comedian admitted to being "very proud" of his accomplishment.

In a pre-recorded message, the 79-year-old star - who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 - joked: "It has made me such a happy man getting these good attendance medals now my career is out the window."

Full list of award winners:

Entertainment programme:

Ant Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Supporting actress:

Cathy Tyson – Help

Features:

Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Scripted comedy:

Motherland

Supporting actor:

Matthew Macfadyen – Succession

Reality and constructed factual:

Gogglebox

Female performance in a comedy programme:

Sophie Willan – Alma’s Not Normal

Mini-series:

Time

Factual series:

Uprising

Male performance in a comedy programme:

Jamie Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats

Entertainment performance:

Big Zuu – Big Zuu’s Big Eats

Virgin Media must-see moment:

Strictly Come Dancing – Rose and Giovanni’s silent dance to Symphony

Comedy entertainment programme:

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan

Drama series:

In My Skin

Leading actor:

Sean Bean – Time

Leading actress:

Jodie Comer – Help

Specialist factual:

The Missing Children

Live event:

The Earthshot Prize 2021

Short form programme:

Our Land

Current affairs:

Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin

Single documentary:

My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan

Single drama:

Together

Soap and continuing drama:

Coronation Street

News coverage:

ITV News at Ten: Storming of the Capitol

Daytime:

The Chase

Sport:

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

International:

The Underground Railroad

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