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Harry Hill wins Bafta for best entertainment performer at the TV awards last night

27th April 2009

"I never thought I'd get three Baftas for a clip show. Ridiculous," Harry said, referring to his weekly programme of viewers' home video offerings.

However, Harry Hill's "TV Burp" show lost out in the best entertainment programme category, with the "X Factor" talent show triumphing for the third time.

The Bill won best continuing drama, while Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh, was named best drama series. Branagh's award was his first TV Bafta, and came 20 years after he won a film Bafta for Henry V. Kenneth said it was "marvellous" to win, and thanked the BBC for Wallander, based on the detective novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell. "They took a risk in wondering whether the world would be interested in the troubled life of a melancholy Scandinavian," he said. Wallander beat Doctor Who, Spooks and Shameless to the award.

The Bill, meanwhile, beat EastEnders, Casualty and Emmerdale to the continuing drama trophy, earning the ITV police show its first Bafta in 25 years. EastEnders also lost out in the best actress category, where June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton, was the first soap star to be nominated since 1988.

The best actress award went to Anna Maxwell Martin for her role as a mental health patient in Channel 4's Poppy Shakespeare. She won the same award for Bleak House in 2005. Stephen Dillane was named best actor for playing a grieving father in The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, also on Channel 4.

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were given the best comedy programme trophy for their sketch show Harry and Paul.

The ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton in London, is the most prestigious night in the British TV calendar. To read the full list of winners and nominees please click here.


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