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It was time for the stars of the silver and small screen to be acknowledged for their efforts with another edition of the BAFTA awards and this year it was actress Olivia Colman who hit the headlines after making a teary acceptance speech for her award for Best Leading Actress.

Olivia Colman was clearly overcome with emotion as she took to the stage to receive her award for Best Leading Actress fro her role in the hit TV drama Broadchurch.

Wearing a beautiful green gown Olivia was presented with her award by Sam Neill during the BAFTA award ceremony and she apologised for not being able to control her emotions as she gave her speech for the award.

She said during her speech: “Thank you very much.  I’m sorry (starts to cry) to be nominated alongside those amazing women.

“Helena I think you are amazing, and Maxine and Kelly”  She then broke down again and said “I’m sorry not cool”.

But she managed to continue on with her speech and said: “Broadchurch I’m so glad everyone loves it.  David Tennant, standing opposite you is a treat, and watching Andy Buchan and Jodie Whittaker”

This was one of three awards that was won by the detective drama Broadchurch on the night which made it the most successful programme on the evening but this was closely followed by The IT Crowd and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeway with each of the shows also taking home two awards each.

Ant and Dec have won numerous awards over the years for their work on television and this is another award that they will have to fight over!

Dec spoke about how important the awards were to him and said: “I’m not sure it means more (because it is voted for by our peers).  It means something in a different way.  People in the industry have realised the effort that goes into the show.”

TV and singing veteran Cilla Black was also honoured during the evening with a Special Award for her services to television and entertainment which has spanned over the past five decades.

She received a standing ovation when she went to pick up her award which was presented by Paul O’Grady.

Cilla Black said during her acceptance speech: “I’ve led a charmed life.  I’ve worked with incredible people.  I started in television in black and white.

“I have to say a very big thank you to Graham Norton and Paul O’Grady for looking after me.  And thank you to the viewers for making me feel so welcome and for loving my shows over the years.  This is for you.”

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