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The debut series of Studio Lambert’s BBC series The Traitors and Me+You Films' Channel 4 drama I Am Ruth were both double winners at this year’s Bafta TV Awards.

The Traitors was named best reality and constructed factual show - which the indie also won last year for Gogglebox - while host Claudia Winkleman won in the entertainment performance category.

I Am Ruth - which was executive produced by outgoing Bafta chair Krish Majumdar - also won two awards: best single drama and Kate Winslet for best actress.

Another double winner across the awards was Bonafide Films’ BBC3 comedy-drama Mood, which won Mini Series, with series creator and star Nicole Lecky, Bryan Senti and Kwame Kz Kwei-Armah Jr having already scored the original music (fiction) award at the Bafta TV Craft Awards last month.

Lecky dedicated the award to her late mother and said she hoped the show's success "inspires other people who have gone through something they feel is insurmountable", adding: "For me to be a working-class, mixed-black woman stood here, I'm just really proud of that, and I hope it does inspire the next generation of storytellers."

Her speech was echoed by historian and producer David Olusoga, who received the Bafta Special Award.

Paying tribute to his own inspirational TV figures - David Attenborough - historian Michael Woods, Olusoga said: "If I have a hope, it’s that people entering the industry today, people from backgrounds like mine, minority communities, people from council estates, that they might perhaps find their journey through the industry a little easier, that they might not have to fight quite so much for the validity of their voice and their experience.

"Our industry is changing, our industry’s become more inclusive. I think tonight demonstrates that. How effective the changes we’re making are in the long term will be visible by who gets to stand on this stage in the years to come."

Accepting her Fellowship, actor and writer Meera Syal paid tribute to anyone who has "been made to feel, because of their race or sex or class, that their stories don't matter - they do, because the untold stories are the ones that can change us and, sometimes, can change the world."

Other winners

Moondogs Films’ Channel 4 doc Children of the Taliban won the Current Affairs award, building on the photography (factual) TV Craft Award already won by Marcel Mettelsiefen and Jordan Bryon.

Candour Productions took home the Factual Series prize for Sky Crime’s Libby, Are You Home Yet?, while Atomized Studios/Red Bull Studios’ The Real Mo Farah took home the Single Documentary award.

Adam Curtis’ BBC iPlayer-only doc Russia 1985-1999: Traumazone, from BBC Films, won Specialist Factual, while there was upset in the Drama Series category as an Apple TV+ series Bad Sisters, produced by Merman, beat BBC1's Sherwood and The Responder and C4's Somewhere Boy to the title.

Other winners on the night included Rumpus Media’s C4 special Joe Lycett Vs Beckham: Got Your Back at Xmas (Features), Hat Trick's Derry Girls (best comedy and best comedy actress, on top of writer Lisa McGee's Bafta TV Craft Award), Bandicoot’s ITV show The Masked Singer (Entertainment) and Phil McIntyre Productions/Boffola Pictures’ one-off C4 event Friday Night Live (Comedy Entertainment).

Ricochet’s BBC1 special The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit won in the Daytime category, which had a shortlist of just three and which had provoked debate after House of Games host and entertainment producer Richard Osman had questioned whether the show qualified, as it aired in primetime.

The Repair Shop host Jay Blades acknowledged the series' roots as a BBC2 daytime show in his speech, while also celebrating the primetime broadcast of the special.

For a full list of winners, click here


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