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Wolf Hall gets Best Drama award at the BAFTA as stars align to support BBC against the government

Updated On 09 May, 2016 Published On

BBC drama Wolf Hall grabbed the headlines at the British Academy Television Awards 2016 after winning two awards in the best drama and the best actor section, which was won by Mark Rylance.

The event, which was held in London on May 8, was mainly dominated by celebrities using it as a platform to criticize the British government over its proposed changes to the way the BBC is run.

Peter Kosminsky, the Wolf Hall director, said, 'It’s not their BBC; it’s your BBC. In many ways, the BBC and Channel 4, which they are also attempting to eviscerate, are the envy of the world and we should stand up and fight for it, not let it go by default.'

BBC, which won a total of 14 awards at the Gala, will have its future revealed on Thursday when the government will renew the channel's royal charter.

Some of the winners of BAFTA TV Awards 2016 are as follows -

Best Drama: Wolf Hall

Best Comedy: Peter Kay’s Car Share

Best Actor: Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Best Actress: Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Best Male Comedy Performance: Peter Kay, Peter Kay’s Car Share

Best Female Comedy Performance: Michaela Coel , Chewing Gum

Best Supporting Actor: Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Best Supporting Actress: Chanel Cresswell, This is England ‘90

Best International Program: Transparent