British Academy Television Awards: Happy Valley wins Best Drama Series

The Crown, The Durrells, Happy Valley and War & Peace fought it out for the hotly contested prize


Happy Valley has won Best Drama Series at the British Academy Television Awards, triumphing over The Crown, War & Peace and The Durrells.


The ceremony, held at Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, was hosted by Sue Perkins and attended by British TV’s biggest stars including Ant and Dec, Olivia Colman, Thandie Newton and Ed Balls.

This year’s BAFTA nominations were ruled by The Crown with five nods, followed by BBC3’s Fleabag, BBC1’s Happy Valley and one-off BBC drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy – all with three nominations.


In order to be eligible for this year’s shortlist, programmes must have aired between 1st January and 31st December 2016, meaning the likes of Taboo, Broadchurch and The Moorside were not considered for tonight’s ceremony.