Danny Boyle paid tribute to fellow director and former collaborator Hamish Hamilton as he scooped the top honour at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Craft Awards on Sunday (28Apr13).

Hamilton was handed the ceremony's Special Award in honour of his lengthy career, in which he has taken charge of Madonna and Beyonce's Super Bowl half-time shows, as well as overseeing the Oscars and concerts for stars including Neil Diamond, U2 and Robbie Williams.

Boyle, Beyonce, Bono, Usher and Williams all recorded video messages to be shown at the annual prizegiving, which recognises behind-the-scenes talent.

In his tribute clip, the Slumdog Millionaire moviemaker praised his pal for the work they did together on last year's (12) opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

He declared, "Imagination is not the ability to invent but to reveal what is already there. Hamish has that."

The 2012 Olympics were a big winner at the London event - three prizes were handed out to the technical teams behind coverage of the games, while Darryl Hammer bagged the Production Design honour for Sienna Miller's Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl.