‘The Only Way is Essex’ celebrated a shock victory last night, after the team scooped the prestigious YouTube Audience Award at this year’s BAFTA Television Awards.
The ITV2 reality show was up against critically acclaimed drama ‘Downton Abbey’, as well as hit BBC show ‘Sherlock’, however they surprised the crowd when they took home the coveted gong, which was the only award of the night to be voted for by the British public.
On receiving the award alongside her fellow castmates, ‘TOWIE’ star Amy Childs shouted her infamous catch phrase, ‘Shut up!’.
Mark Wright added: “We’re absolutely overwhelmed to be here tonight, even to be nominated. But to win, it’s incredible.”
However, BBC One’s ‘Sherlock’ didn’t leave empty-handed, picking up the award for Best Drama Series and star Martin Freeman taking home the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role as sidekick Dr. John Watson.
Accepting the award, Martin paid tribute to his castmate Benedict, Cumberbach, who narrowly lost out in the Leading Actor category to Daniel Rigby in ‘Eric and Ernie’.
Martin said: “It is the gayest story in the history of TV. It’s a love story – these two people who love and need each other in a slightly dysfunctional relationship.”
Meanwhile, ‘The Cube’ beat ‘The X Factor’ to the Best Entertainment Show award, but host Phillip Schofield admitted he wasn’t surprised as he always new the series would be a “monster show”.
He explained: “As soon as I saw the idea I knew this was a monster show, it was always going to be a monster show. It is the only show I do that I lose sleep about.
“I’ve gone home thinking about what we’ve done in the studio, thinking about the positive aspect but we’ve had people who have broken down and come apart in there.”
Elsewhere, Sir Trevor McDonald won a standing ovation from the crowd at London’s Grosvenor House hotel as he accepted a BAFTA fellowship for his services to television journalism.
He said: “This represents the solid good fortune of a lifetime’s work.”
2011 TELEVISION BAFTAs FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Leading Actor – Daniel Rigby, ‘Eric And Ernie’
Leading Actress – Vicky McClure, ‘This Is England ’86’
Supporting Actor – Martin Freeman, ‘Sherlock’
Supporting Actress – Lauren Socha, ‘Misfits’
Entertainment Performance – Graham Norton, ‘The Graham Norton Show’
Female Performance in a Comedy Programme – Jo Brand, ‘Getting On’
Male Performance in a Comedy Programme – Steve Coogan, ‘The Trip’
Single Drama – ‘The Road To Coronation Street’
Drama Series – ‘Sherlock’
Drama Serial – ‘Any Human Heart’
Continuing Drama – ‘EastEnders’
International – ‘The Killing’
Factual Series – ‘Welcome To Lagos’
Specialist Factual – ‘Flying Monsters 3D’
Single Documentary – ‘Between Life And Death’
Features – ‘Hugh’s Fish Fight’
Current Affairs – ‘Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children’, BBC4
News Coverage – ‘ITV News At Ten: The Cumbria Murders’
Sport – Formula 1, ‘The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix’
New Media – ‘Wallace And Gromit’s World Of Invention’
Entertainment Programme – ‘The Cube’
Comedy Programme – ‘Harry and Paul’
Situation Comedy – ‘Rev’
Bafta Special Award – ‘Peter Bennett-Jones’
YouTube Audience Award – ‘The Only Way Is Essex’
Bafta Fellowship – ‘Sir Trevor McDonald’