Kenneth Branagh has walked away with his first producing honour, beating out Doctor Who to land the Best Drama trophy for his series WALLANDER at the British Academy Television Awards.
Branagh, who also stars as the eponymous police inspector in the TV show, won the coveted award at a star-studded ceremony in London on Sunday night (27Apr09).
He told the crowd, which included Mischa Barton, Ed Westwick and David Tennant: "We're absolutely thrilled. This is bl**dy marvellous. For a series first time out to get this recognition is beyond our wildest dreams."
Mad Men was named Best International Show ahead of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dexter and cult police drama The Wire.
Simon Cowell's TV talent show The X Factor picked up the Best Entertainment Show award, while British cop show The Bill was honoured with the Best Continuing Drama award.
The Hours star Anna Maxwell Martin was named Best Actress for her role in Poppy Shakespeare and Stephen Dillane beat Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs to take home the Best Actor award for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall.
British comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders received the BAFTA Fellowship.
The main list of winners is as follows:
Best Actor - Stephen Dillane (The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall)
Best Actress - Anna Maxwell Martin (Poppy Shakespeare)
Best Entertainment Performance - Harry Hill (Harry Hill's TV Burp)
Best Comedy Performance - David Mitchell (Peep Show)
Best Drama Series - Wallander
Best Continuing Drama - The Bill
Best Entertainment Programme - The X Factor
Best International Show - Mad Men
Best News Coverage - News at Ten - Chinese Earthquake reporting
Best Sport - F1: Brazilian Grand Prix
Audience Award - Skins
Special Award - Jane Tranter
Bafta Fellowship - French and Saunders