Doctor Who, Peaky Blinders and Strictly Come Dancing win at Bafta TV Craft Awards

An Adventure in Space and Time and The Day of the Doctor each claimed awards while Graham Linehan picked up fifth Bafta of his career


BBC drama triumphed at last night’s Bafta TV Craft Awards as Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time and Peaky Blinders all picked up prizes for their behind-the-scenes talent. 


The Doctor Who 50th anniversary – which united Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt in a feature-length special – was recognised for special, visual and graphic effects, while Mark Gatiss’s biopic of the beginnings of the sci-fi series took home the Bafta for make up and hair design.

Birmingham-based gangster drama Peaky Blinders (which stars Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory) picked up two gongs, one for best director Otto Bathurst and another for George Steel who took the prize for photography and lighting for fiction. Plus, In The Flesh’s Dominic Mitchell won the award for best drama writing for his debut work on the BBC3 zombie series, and Ripper Street and Dancing on the Edge added to the Beeb’s haul of silverware. 

Over on ITV, Broadchurch was recognised for original music and Downton Abbey for costume design, while The X Factor’s Phil Heyes and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway also walked away with statuettes. 

Channel 4 were also recognised with awards for Graham Linehan – the fifth Bafta of his career – for comedy writing on The It Crowd and Educating Yorkshire which received the Bafta for factual editing.

Strictly Come Dancing walked away with the night’s Special Award, presented by professional dancer Anton du Beke and former contestant Kara Tointon to series director Nikki Parsons.

The ceremony – hosted for the third time by Episodes star Stephen Mangan – was attended by Arthur Darvill, Victoria Woods, Reece Shearsmith and Emilia Fox.

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