Stars of small screen set for awards at TV BAFTAs ceremony

Stars of the small screen will take centre stage tonight when the TV BAFTAs are held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the favourites to be honoured for his portrayal of the master detective at Sunday's ceremony.

The career of broadcaster and TV critic Clive James, who is seriously ill, will also be celebrated at tonight's event.

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Benedict Cumberbatch scoops top BAFTA for Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch scooped one of the top television BAFTA awards of the night for his role as Sherlock Holmes - the only one voted for by the public.

Benedict Cumberbatch scoops top BAFTA for Sherlock Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

But the Hollywood actor was not at the ceremony to collect the award, and instead was said to be looking after his new wife who is heavily pregnant.

The gong goes some way to make up for his Oscar disappointment earlier this year, when he was beaten to best actor by Eddie Redmayne.

Small screen stars on the BAFTAs red carpet

Ant McPartlin, Lisa Armstrong, Declan Donnelly, and Ali Astall. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The red carpet has started to fill up as stars of the small screen arrive for the BAFTA ceremony.

This year's glitzy ceremony, which will be hosted by Graham Norton, is taking place tonight at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London .

Tamsin Greig, Maisie Williams and Sheridan Smith on the red carpet. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/ Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Hugh Bonneville and Lulu Williams, Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd and Louis Smith and Lucy Mecklenburgh. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire


TV BAFTAs to honour broadcaster Clive James

Clive James' broadcasting career will be honoured at the TV Bafta awards. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

The career of broadcaster and TV critic Clive James will be celebrated at tonight's TV Bafta awards.

The audience at the event in Drury Lane in London will see a short-film of his career which includes travel documentaries, landmark series looking at some of the stranger aspects of foreign TV and his stint as the television critic of The Observer.

Comic Charlie Brooker will lead the tributes and the film will also include footage of James receiving his Bafta Special Award earlier this year.

Australian-born James is also a critically-acclaimed poet and his series of memoirs tracking his travels from Australia to Fleet Street fame were best-sellers.

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer five years ago but has continued to work, joking in a recent interview that "the end is nigh, but not that nigh".

Channel 4 News journalist Jon Snow will be honoured with a Bafta fellowship which is the highest accolade given for "outstanding and exceptional contribution" to the film, television and games industry

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