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'Downton Abbey' Loses Out as 'Sherlock' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 23rd 2011 6:12AM
Martin FreemanIt was a mixed bag for PBS last night at the BAFTA TV Awards in London as 'Sherlock' took home two trophies, but 'Downton Abbey' left empty-handed.

'Sherlock' won the coveted Best Drama Series Award, and Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Doctor Watson in the modern take on the 'Sherlock Holmes' mysteries.

However, Freeman's co-star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the Best Actor category to Daniel Rigby ('Flyboys') for his role as legendary British comedian Eric Morecambe in 'Eric & Ernie.' Rigby also beat out fan favorite, 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith.

'Downton Abbey' was nominated for three major awards -- Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor and The Audience Award -- but failed to win any of them.

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What to Watch: September 27 - October 3

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 27th 2010 2:25AM

Dead Set - Sunday October 3, 10PM ET, Space

This BAFTA-nominated British zombie series makes its North American debut tonight -- and with five episodes, that means it'll finish up on Halloween. The Brits really are the best at keeping zombie stories fresh -- no pun intended. This one takes place on the fictional set of a new cycle of 'Big Brother UK,' where cocooned in the safety of the house, the contestants are blissfully unaware of the horrific events unfolding outside. As eviction night looms, Britain is in the grip of an apocalyptic crisis where fast-moving hordes of the undead decimate the studio compound and the rest of the country. Awesome.

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What to Watch: February 20-21

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 20th 2010 6:00AM
'BAFTAs' (Sun., 8PM, BBCA)
Not unlike our Oscars, the British Academy of Film Awards -- or the BAFTAs -- are all about 'Avatar' this year, with the James Cameron tech spectacular earning eight BAFTA nods, tying it with 'The Hurt Locker' and 'An Education' (which, like 'Avatar,' are both also Oscar Best Picture contenders) for the most nominations. 'District 9,' another Oscar Best Picture nominee, is up for seven BAFTAs, while Leading Actor and Actress nominees include Jeff Bridges ('Crazy Heart'), George Clooney ('Up in the Air'), Colin Firth ('A Single Man'), Jeremy Renner ('The Hurt Locker'), Carey Mulligan ('An Education'), Saoirse Ronan ('The Lovely Bones'), Gabourey Sidibe ('Precious') and Meryl Streep ('Julie and Julia'). Meanwhile, British acting legend Vanessa Redgrave will receive an Academy Fellowship, the BAFTAs' version of the lifetime achievement award.

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BBC's The Choir turns reporters into singers

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 18th 2010 9:03AM
Gareth Malone stars in BBC America's The Choir.The star of the upcoming BBC America reality series, The Choir pulled a fast one on the assembled reporters gathered for the network's press conference during the TCA proceedings this weekend.

The reality show features choirmaster Gareth Malone (right) as he attempts to forge a top-notch choir in England's cash-strapped schools and underprivileged neighborhoods. The 13-episode series will run this coming spring on BBC America.

So, Malone showed up in Pasadena this weekend to promote the show to the assembled TCA throng. After the standard clips and Q&A were winding down, Malone ducked out of the quick and easy farewell and invited the reporters to come up on stage and form their own flash choir.

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Gervais takes Extras to the BAFTAs

by Annie Wu, posted May 5th 2006 4:10PM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais is already hard at work on the upcoming second season of Extras. The 2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (or BAFTAs) will be presented on Sunday and Gervais plans to attend the ceremony as his Extras character Andy Millman. He and co-creator Stephen Merchant (who plays Andy's agent) will be armed with cameras in case any A-list celebrity does something stupid enough to be worthy to go on the show. So, all the stars will have to be on guard if they don't want to show up on Extras adjusting their bra or making an off-color remark. I'm lookin' at you, Dench!

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