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Broadchurch scores hat-trick at British TV awards

Published on May 19, 2014 6:30 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Crime drama Broadchurch and US hit series Breaking Bad were both winners at the British Academy Television Awards on Sunday, with a special award being handed out to veteran British actress Julie Walters.

The event at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta), was attended by Hollywood actor Aaron Paul, British star Helena Bonham Carter and The Wire lead actor Dominic West.

It was home-grown detective thriller Broadchurch that ran out as the night’s biggest winner, claiming the Baftas for Best Drama and Best Supporting Actor, while lead star Olivia Coleman won the Best Actress prize for a second year running.

Coleman apologised to the audience, saying “sorry, not cool", as she sobbed her way through her acceptance speech.

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