SOUTH Yorkshire was the toast of this year’s TV Baftas with three top awards going to local stars and film makers.
Sheffield’s own Dominic West was named leading actor for his role as serial killer Fred West in ITV1 drama Appropriate Adult, which itself celebrated three awards.
The mini series award went to Shane Meadows’s This Is England ‘88, made by independent film production company Warp Films, based at Sheffield Digital Campus, with offices also in London and Melbourne, Australia.
And Barnsley’s world renowned Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher was celebrating her key key role in Channel 4’s Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret, which won the specialist factual Bafta.
West paid tribute to Janet Leach, the appropriate adult of the title who acted as Fred West’s confidante after his arrest.
He said: “I hope she has had some closure and we have honoured the suffering she endured and the suffering of all the West’s victims, living and dead.”
This is England ’88, the sequel to the 2010 television series This is England ’86, aired on Channel 4 over three consecutive nights with 2.5 million people tuning in to watch the first episode.
Meadows thanked his real family and his ‘film family’, taking many of the cast and crew on stage with him.
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret was a documentary featuring the mummification of taxi driver Alan Billis, using ancient Egypt techniques newly rediscovered by York University archaeology fellows Dr Fletcher and Dr Stephen Buckley.
Dr Fletcher, who helped to co-present the documentary - much of it filmed at the Medico Legal Centre in Upperthorpe, Sheffield - beat off competition from Sir David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet and Professor Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe.
In an exclusive chat with The Star - see it in full at thestar.co.uk/video - she said she hoped it will inspire others to fulfil their dreams.
She said: “My fascination with Egypt started with me reading books as a little girl from the library in Barnsley.”
Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly, aged 32, who recently bid farewell to the cobbles of Coronation Street as Becky McDonald, was also present at Sunday’s event at the Royal Festival Hall in London as she joined Entourage’s Ari Gold to present the entertainment programme Bafta to Derren Brown for his Channel 4 series The Experiments.