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BAFTA TV Awards Honor 'Peaky Blinders,' 'This Country,' 'Handmaid's Tale'

BAFTA TV Awards Honor 'Peaky Blinders,' 'This Country,' 'Handmaid's Tale'

The Virgin TV BAFTA Television awards took place at London's Royal Festival Hall on Monday evening, and a guest list which spanned breakfast TV presenters to Hollywood actresses and reality TV stars made for an eclectic red carpet. The Handmaid's Tale, financed and first released through United States streaming service Hulu, won Best International Drama.

Molly Windsor, 20, triumphed ahead of Claire Foy, for The Crown, and Thandie Newton for Line of Duty. "And I just want to say thank you to everyone for recognizing how selfless that is and how fearless that is". 'Tonight I am having to work alongside a massive organ, ' she said.

Three-part drama series "Three Girls" was the other standout of the night; written by Nicole Taylor and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, the BBC One mini-series depicts the events surrounding the Rochdale child sex abuse ring.

The Best Actor accolade was given to Sean Bean for Broken, Best Supporting Actress to Vanessa Kirby for The Crown and Supporting Actor to Brian F. O'Byrne for Little Boy Blue.

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There is a threshold of six installments to qualify as a drama series at these kudos; the cap is 19, after which a show is deemed to be a continuing drama.

Love Island beat rivals The Real Full Monty and Celebrity Hunted for the Best Reality and Constructed Factual prize with Caroline Flack accepting the award. Toby Jones ("Detectorists") took Best Comedy Actor over last year's victor, "People Just Do Nothing" co-creator Asim Chaudhry, as well as Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Spain") and Samson Kayo ("Famalam").

The Handmaid's Tale was the victor in the category of worldwide series.

But it was the "nearly wons" that paint best the picture of streaming sites and these awards.


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