Town’s fa­mous son tri­umphs at Baf­tas

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - BETH ABBIT

CO­ME­DIAN Steve Coogan was amongst the stars to tri­umph at the Week­end Bafta TV awards.

The Mid­dle­ton-born ac­tor won best male per­for­mance in a com­edy pro­gramme.

The Car­di­nal Lan­g­ley High School old boy scooped the cov­eted prize for his per­for­mance as his most fa­mous com­edy cre­ation in Alan Par­tridge’s Scis­sored Isle.

Mean­while Old­ham‘s Sarah Lan­cashire took the lead­ing ac­tress prize for her starring role in the po­lice drama Happy Val­ley.

The drama se­ries, which is set in Heb­den Bridge in York­shire, also snatched the best drama se­ries prize.

And the sup­port­ing ac­tress prize was scooped by Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

The 30-year-old, who grew up in Chorl­ton, won the award over The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby.

The drama, which de­tailed the story of mur­dered school­boy Damilola Tay­lor, was also recog­nised with the Bafta sin­gle drama.

Net­flix pro­duced royal drama The Crown left empty handed de­spite for rack­ing up the most nom­i­na­tions with five nods.

But Lan­cashire was quick to men­tion how much she en­joyed the show dur­ing her ac­cep­tance speech.

Ad­dress­ing a tear­ful Claire Foy, who played a young Queen El­iz­a­beth II in the se­ries, Lan­cashire said: “Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours un­der a du­vet that I have ever had, thank you.”

The Crown also missed out on the best sup­port­ing ac­tor gong, de­spite both Jared Har­ris and John Lith­gow be­ing nom­i­nated.

The prize in­stead went to The Night Man­ager star Tom Hol­lan­der.

The Bafta Fel­low­ship was pre­sented to Joanna Lum­ley by her Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous co-star Jen­nifer Saun­ders, who said: “In 1990 I handed her some scrappy lines and un­formed ideas and she alone cre­ated Patsy Stone, a cre­ation that has at least kept me laugh­ing for 27 years.

“She’s a comic ge­nius and a brilliant clown who never for­gets how hard it’s been to get where she is.”

Lum­ley said it was “par­adise” to re­ceive the hon­our be­fore she adopted Patsy’s fa­mous drawl to add: “I just want to say ac­tu­ally to you all, thanks sweet­ies, thanks a lot.”

Staff at the hospice shop and mas­cot Springy cel­e­brate Go Green day

Joel Good­man

Steve Coogan re­cently as Alan Par­tridge in Manch­ester

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