Leading the way with 4 nominations, Wolf Hall, the six-part BBC1/PBS adaptation of two of author Hilary Mantel’s novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, took home the two of the top BAFTAs last night, with the mini-series winning the award for Best Drama Series while Mark Rylance took home top honors for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Thomas Cromwell.
Before members of Sherlock-Nation storm the streets, in order to be eligible for this year’s shortlist, programs must have aired between 1st January and 31st December 2015, meaning that Sherlock “The Abominable Bride”, which aired on New Year’s Day, was not eligible for consideration for tonight’s ceremony.
Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky took the opportunity to deliver a spot on acceptance speech sprinkled with a bit of politics targeting certain government ministers (i.e. currently Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale) who have put the future of the BBC in their crosshairs recently. In case you’re wondering, the speech received a standing ovation…as it should have.