Steven Moffat to receive special honour at Bafta TV Awards

Sherlock and Doctor Who executive producer will be honoured for his outstanding creative writing contribution to television

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Steven Moffat’s mantelpiece will be groaning under the weight of yet another trophy later this month when he receives a special honour at this year’s Bafta Television Awards.

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The Sherlock and Doctor Who executive producer will receive his accolade on Sunday 27 May at the ceremony taking place at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Moffat, who recently won Best Writer at the Bafta Craft Awards, is being honoured by the Academy in recognition of his outstanding creative writing contribution to television.

Tim Corrie, Chairman of BAFTA, said: “Steven has had an outstanding year with Doctor Who and Sherlock, not to mention the feature film The Adventures of Tintin, and we are delighted to honour his contribution to television and the arts at the BAFTA ceremony on 27 May.

“He is one of the finest exponents of his craft and his Award, presented in honour of the late, great Dennis Potter, is very well deserved indeed.”

Previous recipients of Bafta’s Special Award include Paul Abbott, Alan Plater, Lynda La Plante and former Doctor Who mastermind Russell T Davies.

Learning of his honour, Moffat said: “Blimey! A Special Award! I didn’t even know I was ill! So thrilled by this – especially after two years of Sherlock and Doctor Who, my two favourite shows ever. Of course the work, and the people I get to work with, has always been all the reward I need – a fact I’m very glad that BAFTA has disregarded.”

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Hosted by comedian Dara O’Briain, the Bafta Television Awards will be broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday 27 May.