Screenwriter Sally Wainwright has picked up a Bafta for her work on gritty BBC1 police drama Happy Valley, beating off competition from Jed Mercurio’s own cop thriller Line of Duty, Peter Bowker’s Marvellous and Dennis Kelly’s Utopia.
Wainwright – who is known for penning Last Tango in Halifax and also won a Royal Television Society Award in 2009 for Unforgiven – took home the Writer: Drama award at Sunday night’s Bafta TV Craft Awards and will be hoping it is not the last for the show, which has received nominations for Best Drama Series, Leading Actress for Sarah Lancashire and Supporting Actor for James Norton at the Bafta TV Awards next month.
Happy Valley follows Lancashire’s police sergeant Catherine Cawood, who stumbles across a kidnapping plot when she goes after the man she believes is responsible for her daughter’s rape and subsequent suicide.
Also recognised at the Craft Awards was Mackenzie Crook, best known as a star of The Office and the Pirates of the Caribbean films but here taking home the comedy writing award for BBC4’s Detectorists – about a pair of metal detector enthusiasts – in which he also starred.
Crook triumphed over Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s series of eerie comedies Inside No 9, Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry’s surreal Channel 4 offering Toast of London and Matthew Baynton and James Corden’s comedy thriller The Wrong Mans.
Other winners on the night included Sky Atlantic’s gothic horror Penny Dreadful, which picked up three Baftas, for production design, make-up and music, Sherlock, which took home gongs for editing and sound, and Doctor Who, which won best special effects.
Both Happy Valley and Detectorists will be back for second series later this year