BAFTA TV Awards 2023: A Night of Surprises, Triumphs, and a Dancing Queen

The 2023 BAFTA TV Awards saw an unexpected dance-off between the late Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear, earning the ‘Most Memorable Moment’ award. Meanwhile, Kate Winslet secured her first TV BAFTA with ‘I Am Ruth.’ Dive into the night’s highlights and fun trivia.

Kate Winslet’s Leap from Film to TV Glory

Kate Winslet at 2023 BAFTA TV Awards
Kate Winslet at 2023 BAFTA TV Awards. Screenshot: BBC

Kate Winslet, our beloved Rose from ‘Titanic,’ took a break from sinking ships and swam her way to the BAFTA TV Award for Leading Actress. This was on May 14, 2023. She won for her stellar performance in Channel 4’s ‘I Am Ruth.’ She might as well change her middle name to BAFTA, having already nabbed three for her film roles.

The Queen’s Got Moves: A Royal Dance-Off

Queen Elizabeth II with Paddington Bear
Screenshot: Platinum Party at the Palace / BBC One

The real show-stopper of the night was none other than Her Majesty the Late Queen Elizabeth II, who shared her award with Paddington Bear. The skit, part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, won the ‘Most Memorable Moment Award.’ Because who doesn’t want to see a monarch bust a move with a beloved children’s character?

A Quickfire Round of BAFTA Trivia: Who Took Home the Gold?

  • Ben Whishaw snatched the Leading Actor Award for his performance in ‘This Is Going to Hurt.’
  • Casualty‘ took the crown for Soap and Continuing Drama, leaving ‘EastEnders,’ ‘Emmerdale,’ and last year’s champ ‘Coronation Street’ in the dust.
  • At the tender age of 14, Lenny Rush, from ‘Am I Being Unreasonable?’ bagged the ‘Male Performance in a Comedy Program‘ Award. That’s one way to make your teenage years memorable.
  • The Masked Singer‘ unmasked its triumph by winning the ‘Entertainment Program’ Award.
  • Sir Mo Farah jogged his way to a BAFTA for his BBC One documentary ‘The Real Mo Farah.’ He dedicated his win to “children who are being trafficked.”
  • Bad Sisters‘ became the first Apple TV+ series to win a BAFTA.
  • Mood” was awarded the Ministeries Award because, well, it’s all about setting the right mood.
  • Joe Lycett Vs. Beckham: Got Your Back at Xmas‘ took home the ‘Feature Show’ Award.
  • Siobhan McSweeney, playing Sister Michael in ‘Derry Girls,’ won the ‘Female Performance in a Comedy Program’ Award.

A Royal First

Rounding off the night, the Queen’s Paddington Bear skit marked a royal first – it’s not every day that the monarchy wins a BAFTA TV Award, let alone a public vote.

News Trivia Time: British TV Quiz 2023

Now that you know all the facts about the 2023 BAFTA TV Awards, how about a news quiz?

2023 British TV Quick Quiz

UK TV Quiz: 8 Multiple-choice general knowledge questions about British TV shows and personalities this year. No time-limit. How smart are you today?

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1. How long did fans wait between Black Mirror’s season 5 and season 6?

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2 / 8

2. Piers Morgan was the editor of which famous British newspaper?

Screenshot: BBC News

3 / 8

3. What’s Netflix’s biggest documentary debut?

Screenshot: Harry & Meghan / Netflix

4 / 8

4. Why does Netflix’s Harry and Meghan come with a mature content warning?

Screenshot: Harry and Meghan / Netflix

5 / 8

5. What was J.K. Rowling’s involvement in creating the Hogwarts Legacy video game?

Screenshot: Hogwarts Legacy / PlayStation – YouTube

6 / 8

6. What is Egypt’s beef with Netflix’s 2023 Cleopatra?

Screenshot: African Queens: Queen Cleopatra / Netflix

7 / 8

7. What is the birthplace of Barry Humphries, the comedy genius who created Dame Edna Everage?

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8. Who was the first British monarch to have his funeral televised?

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