British comedy celebrated at BAFTAs

Absolutely Fabulous creators Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders were given the top award at the 62nd Bafta Television awards last night. The comedy duo received a special fellowship from multi-award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, who praised their 30-year career television saying: "they are just so good, so brilliant and so damn cool."

Harry Hill was named the UK's best entertainment performer for the second year in a row -- the third overall -- for his ITV comedy show Harry Hill's TV Burp.

On collecting the award Hill said: "I never thought I'd get three Baftas for a clip show. Ridiculous." The comedian lost out in the entertainment show category, however, which was awarded to Simon Cowell's reality hit The X Factor.

Peep Show's David Mitchell was awarded best comedy performance while The IT Crowd beat Peep Show in the best sitcom category. Mitchell's other comedy creation That Mitchell and Webb Look lost out to Harry and Paul, however, which was awarded best comedy show.

In drama, EastEnders' actress June Brown missed out on the best actress gong, which went to Anna Maxwell Martin for her role in Poppy Shakespeare. Stephen Dillane, meanwhile, was given the Bafta for best actor for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, the Channel 4 drama about the death of a British peace activist in Israel.

Teen drama Skins collected the Philips Audience Award -- the only gong decided by the public. Receiving the award, actress Kaya Scodelario said: "It means a lot that this is from the viewers."

Sir David Attenborough took the specialist factual Bafta for his science documentary Life in Cold Blood. The award marked the eighth time he and his wildlife programmes have been honoured at the awards. Mad Men, The Bill, Wallander and Criminal Justice also celebrated Bafta success.

PICTURES: Get a closer look at this year's winners.

WINNERS: For all the night's winners and a comparison with the TV.com Bafta votes, click here.

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