BBC drama Sherlock stole the honours at the Crime Thriller Awards in London last night. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman took home gongs for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor and the drama itself was awarded the coveted “TV Dagger” for top show.
A slightly embarrassed Cumberbatch made a third visit to the stage after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was named Best Film. The only disappointment for Sherlock was Una Stubbs (Mrs Hudson) failing to win Best Supporting Actress, an award which went to Kelly Macdonald for her work as Margaret Schroeder on Boardwalk Empire.
Cumberbatch acknowledged the genius of authors Arthur Conan Doyle and John le Carré, but paid special tribute to Freeman: “He raises my game,” he told the audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Whereas Freeman responded: “to do a show we love and to get prizes for it is an embarrasment of riches.”
Meanwhile, acclaimed Scandinavian thriller The Bridge took home the International TV Dagger award, collected by lead actress Sofia Helin who plays Saga Norén, while Homeland’s Claire Danes was named Best Actress.
The showbiz crime of the night was committed by actor Steven Berkoff who, when handing out an award, credited the wrong Kemp brother for killing his character George Cornell in the 1990 film The Krays. With both brothers among the guests, Berkoff repeatedly heaped praise on Martin Kemp, even inviting him to take a bow. Sensibly he remained seated as show host Bradley Walsh reminded the audience that it was in fact Gary Kemp’s acting that Berkoff was so in awe of.
The awards can be seen next Tuesday (23 October) on ITV3