The Thick Of It wins three BAFTAs

Sunday 6th June 2010, 10:00pm

The Thick Of It. Image shows from L to R: Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front), Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi). Copyright: BBC.Satirical sitcom The Thick Of It was the biggest winner at this year's British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs). Armando Iannucci's show picked up awards in three of the comedy categories.

The political comedy won the Situation Comedy award, beating stiff competition from The Inbetweeners, Peep Show and Miranda. Meanwhile The Thick Of It's stars also picked up awards: Peter Capaldi won 'Male Performance in a Comedy Role' for playing foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, whilst Rebecca Front picked up the female award for her role in the show as down-trodden MP Nicola Murray.

Upon accepting her award, and after thanking the cast and crew, Rebecca Front thanked her parents for helping her learn lines for the show. She joked: "I've got to tell you, you've never heard my mother reading as Malcolm Tucker!". Peter Capaldi, sporting a thick beard, joked: "as you can see, I'm sporting my 'please take me seriously' beard". He went on to say: "I really think I should single out the writers for praise, but I think they get far too much and it just encourages grown men to behave like students."

After thanking the BBC comedy department, Armando Iannucci jokingly thanked Nick Clegg "for completely destroying our plans for the next series." He added: "The plan had been for the show to go on for many, many series and in the final episode all the characters wake up and discover the Liberal Democrats... that's not going to happen". Iannucci then singled out producer Adam Tandy for special praise, saying: "without Adam The Thick Of It would not happen".

E4's comedy output also did well. The Inbetweeners won the 'YouTube Audience Award', which is the only BAFTA award chosen by members of the public.

The other success for E4 was Misfits, which won in the 'Drama Series' category. Robert Sheehan, who plays gobby Nathan in the comedy drama, said: "We genuinely didn't believe that the esteemed members of BAFTA would ever vote for a show that featured myself having sex with an 82 year old woman." He also added that now might be a good time to ask E4 how they'd feel about commissioning a third series.

The Armstrong & Miller Show. Image shows from L to R: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller. Copyright: Hat Trick Productions / Toff Media.

In the night's other big comedy category, The Armstrong And Miller Show headed off competition from The Kevin Bishop Show, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle and That Mitchell And Webb Look to win the 'Comedy Programme' award. Getting up on stage Alexander Armstrong said: "Bloody hell Ben - we won! We did have quite a good line saying all that matters is being nominated... but, balls."

However, sadly none of the entertainment awards went to comedic works this year. Stephen Fry, Harry Hill, Michael McIntyre lost out in the 'Entertainment Performance' category to Ant & Dec; whilst Britain's Got Talent beat Graham Norton, TV Burp and Charlie Brooker's Newswipe to claim the 'Lew Grade Entertainment Programme'. Graham Norton, who was hosting the show, jokingly pretended to sulk at this point, leading Simon Cowell - who was also given a BAFTA Special Award earlier in the night - to insincerely remind the comic in a cheeky way: "It's not about the winning, it's about the taking part."

Here is a backstage video with the cast and crew of The Thick Of It...

Summary of results:

Comedy Programme

The Armstrong And Miller Show
The Kevin Bishop Show
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
That Mitchell And Webb Look

Situation Comedy

The Inbetweeners
Peep Show
The Thick Of It

Male Performance in a Comedy Role

Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners)
Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It)
Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered)
David Mitchell (Peep Show)

Female Performance in a Comedy Role

Jo Brand (Getting On)
Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It)
Miranda Hart (Miranda)
Joanna Scanlan (Getting On)

YouTube Audience Award

Britain's Got Talent
The Inbetweeners
The One Show
The X Factor

Entertainment Performance

Stephen Fry (QI)
Harry Hill (Harry Hill's TV Burp
Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly (I'm A Celebrity...)
Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow)

Entertainment Programme

The Graham Norton Show
Harry Hill's TV Burp
Newswipe With Charlie Brooker
Britain's Got Talent

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