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Top Boy, Happy Valley and The Sixth Commandment among the big winnersas The Crown misses out: BAFTA TV Awards 2024

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Published Time: 12.05.2024 - 22:40:37 Modified Time: 12.05.2024 - 22:40:37

Sunday 12 May 2024 2007, UKTop Boy, Happy Valley and The Sixth Commandment are the big winners at this year's BAFTA TV Awards, taking home two prizes apiece

Sunday 12 May 2024 20:07, UK

Top Boy, Happy Valley and The Sixth Commandment are the big winners at this year's BAFTA TV Awards, taking home two prizes apiece.

The final season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Top Boy was named best drama, with star Jasmine Jobson also named best supporting actress.

Happy Valley picked up the award for most memorable moment, the only prize voted for by the public, while star Sarah Lancashire was named best actress once again for her portrayal of police sergeant Catherine Cawoodafter first winning the prize for the role in 2017.

The Sixth Commandment picked up the awards for best limited drama and best actor for its star, Timothy Spall.

Despite leading the nominations race with eight nods in total, royal drama The Crown left empty-handed.

Crime drama Top Boy follows the lives of Sully (Kane "Kano" Robinson) and Dushane (Ashley Walters) and the themes of crime, drugs and violence on the Summerhouse estate in Hackney, east London.

Picking up the best drama award, producer Charles Steel paid tribute to stars Walters and Robinson, while Jobson told the BAFTAs audience: "I just want to say I am the woman who has been standing in a group full of men, you have shown me what it is to be strong and independent and how important it is to stand out in a crowd full of people where it's easy to be invisible.

"Netflix, Top Boy, you changed my life."

Yorkshire-based crime drama Happy Valley was another show that came to an end in 2023, bringing to a close the story of Sgt Cawood and Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton), the man who destroyed her family.

Accepting the award for best actress, Lancashire said it was an honour to win and praised Sally Wainwright, the writer and creator of the show.

"I would like to acknowledge my fellow nominees and their tremendous work," she said. "Sally Wainwright, I shall forever be grateful to you for this opportunity.

"I feel very, very privileged to have been surrounded by these brilliant actors and I thank each and every one of you."

The series also won the memorable award for her character's final showdown with Royce.

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