High End UK drama celebrated at TV BAFTAs 2014

The strength of UK television production was highlighted at last night’s Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014, with Broadchurch, Southcliffe and Doctor Who all triumphing.

Broadchurch was the night’s biggest winner, picking up Best Drama as well as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor for Olivia Coleman and David Bradley respectively. The critically acclaimed murder mystery, produced by Kudos, was created by some of the UK’s most talented programme makers including writer Chris Chibnall and director James Strong, who are currently overseeing Fox Televison’s US remake Gracepoint. The series also made use of the unique locations available in the UK, with Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast providing a sweeping backdrop to the drama.

Warp Films’ Southcliffe was also honoured, with Sean Harris, soon to star in See-Saw Films & StudioCanal co-production Macbeth, winning Best Actor. The drama featured a host of UK talent, with Game of Thrones alumni Chris Cooper and The World’s End’s Eddie Marsan also starring. The series again benefitted from the UK’s world-class creative talent, with producer Dean O’Toole (Kick-Ass) and writer Tony Grisoni (How I Live Now) bringing their expertise to the production, which filmed on location in Kent.

International phenomenon Doctor Who triumphed, with The Day of the Doctor winning the Radio Times Audience Award. Broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries and shown in 3D in cinemas around the world, the show drew in $10.2m at the box office. It was written by Steven Moffat, also known for the universally acclaimed Sherlock, and starred David Tennant, John Hurt and Matt Smith.

The Day of the Doctor further highlighted the breadth of locations in the UK, with the Wales based production contrasting scenes filmed at Monmouthshire’s beautiful Chepstow Castle with ones shot in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square.

For a full list of winners please visit www.awards.bafta.org/award/2014/television.