Jonathan Demme: Silence of the Lambs stars Foster and Hopkins pay tribute

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Foster called Demme, pictured with her in 2011, a “brother of love”

Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins have paid tribute to the late Jonathan Demme, who directed them in Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs.

Foster said his death had left her “heartbroken”, while Sir Anthony remembered him as “one of the best”.

Actress Meryl Streep called his death “a big loss to the caring world”, while Talking Heads’ David Byrne said he had been “hugely inspirational”.

Demme died on Wednesday, aged 73, from complications from oesophageal cancer.

He won an Academy Award for directing The Silence of the Lambs, which also won Oscars for best picture, best screenplay and for Foster and Hopkins’ performances.

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Both Foster and Hopkins won Oscars for The Silence of the Lambs

Foster, who played FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller, remembered Demme as “a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him.

“Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative.

“Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul,” the actress and director continued.

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Demme’s last credit as a director was an episode of US TV show Shots Fired

“JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much.”

“I am really shocked and very sad to hear about Jonathan’s passing,” said Sir Anthony Hopkins in his own tribute to the film-maker.

“He was one of the best, and a really nice guy as well who had such a great spirit. Every day being with him was a high five.”

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Demme made two films with Meryl Streep

In her tribute, Streep described Demme as “a big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man – in full embrace in his life of people in need – and of the potential of art, music, poetry and film to fill that need.”

The three-time Oscar winner worked with the director on his 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate and in 2015′s Ricki and the Flash.

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In a lengthy tribute on his website, Byrne said Demme’s films had been “filled with so much passion and love” and that his world view had been “open, warm, animated and energetic”.

“He was directing TV episodes even this year, when he was in remission,” the singer and musician revealed.

The Talking Heads frontman worked with the director on concert film Stop Making Sense and also wrote music for his films Something Wild and Married to the Mob.

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Demme directed Anne Hathaway in 2008′s Rachel Getting Married

Further tributes have been paid by Reese Witherspoon, who remembered Demme as “a great film-maker and a lovely man”, and Anne Hathaway, who called him her “favourite rebel angel”.

Tim Robbins remembered him as “a lovely man, a great director and a kind soul”, while Robbins’ former partner Susan Sarandon said she was “devastated”.

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“Words just aren’t enough with heartache like this,” wrote pop star Justin Timberlake, who worked with Demme on a concert film last year.

“The time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable.”

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Demme’s publicist, Leslee Dart, confirmed on Wednesday that the director died on Wednesday morning in his Manhattan apartment.

A private family funeral will be held for the director, who is survived by his wife, Joanne Howard, and his children Ramona, Brooklyn and Jos.


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Diane Louise Jordan speaks out against harassment orders

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BBC presenter Diane Louise Jordan said she has had “a tough three years” trying to clear her name after being wrongly accused of harassment.

The ex-Blue Peter presenter said her career suffered after she was issued with a PIN (Police Information Notice).

She was given a non-harassment order in 2014 for allegedly harassing Kayla Thomas, the partner of her daughter’s estranged husband.

Her accuser received a suspended 18-month prison sentence on Thursday.

Thomas was sentenced for perverting the course of justice. A spokesman for Cambridge Crown Court said Ms Thomas had given a false witness statement and was also subject to a three-month curfew.

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The case has drawn attention to the issuing of PINs, which some claim are issued too frequently and without sufficient investigation.

Jordan, who currently co-presents the BBC’s Songs of Praise, told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme she felt “guilty until proven innocent”, adding: “It is a horrible thing to be hanging over you for three years, for something you know you haven’t done.”

Speaking to BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, she said: “I’m still reeling from it now. My integrity has been questioned and my sense of trust has flown out the window.”

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She currently presents Songs of Praise alongside Pam Rhodes and Aled Jones

The presenter said she had signed the notice because she thought she had “no option”, without realising it would go “on some sort of record”.

She said the issuing of the notice and the media coverage it generated had had a “detrimental impact” on her charity work.

‘Can feel very unfair’

“Some of the charities I was working with I haven’t heard from again,” she told the BBC on Thursday.

Because signing a Police Information Notice does not mean admitting any wrongdoing, there is no right of appeal.

In 2015, a government report acknowledged that the lack of any procedure for appealing against a PIN “can feel very unfair to recipients”.

“If somebody takes a dislike to you, they can make an allegation and you can be slapped with one of these notices,” said Jordan.

“The notices last about a year, but I’ve since found out they can stay on your record for longer. The police are aware they are less than perfect.”

Jordan presented Blue Peter from 1990 to 1996 and was its first black presenter.


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Leo Baxendale: Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx comic legend dies

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Comic artist Leo Baxendale, whose characters like the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx entertained generations of young readers, has died.

With his sense of anarchy and humour, Baxendale and his creations became a big part of the appeal of comics like The Beano from the 1950s.

He was regarded by aficionados as one of Britain’s greatest and most influential cartoonists.

His creations also included The Three Bears, Little Plum and the comic Wham!.

Baxendale’s son Martin, also a cartoonist, said his father died at the age of 86 after a long fight with cancer.

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Baxendale created Minnie the Minx as a female Dennis the Menace

Hailing from Preston, Lancashire, Leo Baxendale helped the Beano appeal to children in an otherwise austere post-war Britain – first with Little Plum then Minnie the Minx, a female answer to Dennis the Menace.

Cuthbert, Smiffy, Fatty, Plug and the rest of the Bash Street Kids came next. Like Minnie, they revelled in running riot across the comic panels and outwitting grown-up authority figures like their teacher, named Teacher.

‘Hilariously anarchic’

Martin Baxendale said: “The humour in Leo’s work for children’s comics and his later newspaper cartoons and books was always anarchic, anti the established order and pro fairness and justice in a generally unfair and unjust world, championing the underdog against the forces of oppression; a reflection of his strongly held left-wing, progressive political views.

“In his comics’ pages he saw the child characters he created as the underdogs long controlled and oppressed by the adult world around them and he gave them a voice and actions with which to fight back in hilariously anarchic fashion, allowed them to step into the limelight and control their own destinies.

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The original name for The Bash Street Kids was When The Bell Rings

“Children of the time responded to that, writing fan letters of glee and appreciation that truly delighted him. The fan letters also came from grown-up children, reading his pages with as much enjoyment as their offspring.”

Cartoonist Lew Stringer told the Downthetubes comic blog that Baxendale was “quite simply the most influential artist in UK humour comics”.

He said: “The impact of his work on British humour comics is incredible, as other artists were encouraged by editors to mimic Leo’s style.

“The Beano simply wouldn’t look like The Beano without Leo’s influence, and it’s debatable whether The Beano would even still be around if it had never featured The Bash Street Kids or Minnie the Minx.”

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There is a statue of Minnie the Minx in Dundee, the home of the Beano

Comic archivist, author and publisher Paul Gravett wrote on Facebook: “He did so much more than revolutionise British comics. He inspired in his readers, young and old, an anarchic, free-thinking spirit to challenge authority and be yourself.”

Baxendale left The Beano to create the comic Wham! in 1963. It featured characters like Eagle Eye Junior Spy, his arch enemy Grimly Feendish and The Barmy Army.

In the 1970s, Baxendale moved on to Willy the Kid and Baby Basil, the latter of which also featured in The Guardian in the 1990s.

In the 1980s, he fought a seven-year battle for the copyright to his Beano creations with publisher DC Thomson. They settled out of court before a three-week trial began.


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Fifth Indiana Jones film moved to 2020

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Harrison Ford was last seen as the daredevil archaeologist in 2008

The release date for the fifth Indiana Jones film has been put back to 10 July 2020 – three days before star Harrison Ford celebrates his 78th birthday.

The as yet untitled film had been set for release in July 2019, but will now appear in cinemas one year later.

Disney has also confirmed that the third film in its current Star Wars trilogy will arrive on 24 May 2019.

A new version of The Lion King will be released on 19 July 2019, while Frozen 2 will arrive on 27 November that year.

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Frozen, released in 2013, is one of Disney’s biggest animated hits

The fifth Indiana Jones film will arrive 39 years after the original instalment – Raiders of the Lost Ark – and 12 years on from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Ford, now 74, was 65 when Crystal Skull, the most recent instalment in the action adventure franchise, was released in May 2008.

Age has never been a concern for the Steven Spielberg-directed series though. After all, Sir Sean Connery played Indiana’s dad in the third film despite being Ford’s senior by just 12 years.

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James Earl Jones and Donald Glover will play father and son in The Lion King

The May release date of Star Wars: Episode IX – to be directed by Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow – is notable given that the most recent Star Wars films were both released in December.

The same applies to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – aka Episode VIII – which will arrive in cinemas in December this year.

Elsewhere in Disney’s plans, Jon Favreau’s live-action version of The Lion King will see Donald Glover play lead lion Simba and James Earl Jones voice his father Mufasa.

And the sequel to the hit animation Frozen will arrive six years after the original.


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Johnny Depp blames managers for money woes

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Depp said it was his right to spend money on cotton balls if he so desired

Johnny Depp has claimed his ex-business managers are to blame for his financial woes – not his lavish lifestyle.

“I’ve worked very, very hard for a lot of years and trusted a lot of people, some who’ve clearly let me down,” the actor told the Wall Street Journal.

The Alice in Wonderland star sued The Management Group in January for $25m (£19.5m) alleging fraud and negligence.

The Management Group responded with a countersuit, attributing his financial troubles to a $2m-a-month lifestyle.

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The actor will shortly be seen reprising his Captain Jack Sparrow role

In his first public comments on the matter, Depp denied that his debts were down to profligate spending. “Why didn’t they drop me as a client if I was so out of control?” he said.

But he did give some insight into his shopping habits. “It’s my money,” the actor was quoted as saying. “If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing.”

Depp, 53, alleges that The Management Group’s handling of his affairs led to him being more than $40m (£31m) in debt.

He also accuses the LA firm, run by brothers Joel and Rob Mandel, of failing to file his taxes on time and taking out high-interest loans on his behalf.

Costly send-off

In their own legal action, The Management Group said their former client had “refused to live within his means, despite… repeated warnings about his financial condition”.

They claimed the actor’s outgoings included $3m (£2.3m) to blast the ashes of author Hunter S Thompson out of a cannon – a send-off Depp said had actually cost him $5m (£3.9m).

The Oscar-nominated actor is best-known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the fifth instalment of which arrives this summer.

Disney have announced that Dead Men Tell No Tales will have its world premiere at the Shanghai Disney resort on 11 May – the first Hollywood premiere to be held in mainland China.


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Paula Hawkins’ new novel Into The Water confuses critics

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The Girl on the Train was Paula Hawkins’s first novel under her own name

The only problem with writing a debut novel that sells 20 million copies and spawns a Hollywood film is – your follow-up has a lot to live up to.

Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut The Girl on the Train was a publishing phenomenon, and the first reviews for her new book Into The Water are in.

And most critics are not impressed.

Reviewing it for The Guardian, crime author Val McDermid predicted Hawkins’ sales would be “massive” but “her readers’ enjoyment may be less so”.

McDermid was puzzled by the 11 narrative voices used in Into The Water, which is released in the UK next week.

She wrote: “These characters are so similar in tone and register – even when some are in first person and others in third – that they are almost impossible to tell apart, which ends up being both monotonous and confusing.”

She added: “Hawkins had a mountain to climb after the success of The Girl on the Train and no doubt the sales of her second thriller will be massive. I suspect her readers’ enjoyment may be less so.”

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Slate‘s Laura Miller declared that Into the Water “isn’t an impressive book”.

She wrote: “Its tone is uniformly lugubrious and maudlin, and Hawkins’ characters seldom rise to the level of two dimensions, let alone three.”

But Miller pointed out: “None of this will necessarily prevent Into the Water from triumphing at the cash register. The book surely will become a best-seller, if only on the strength of residual name recognition for The Girl on the Train.”

Janet Maslin wasn’t much more enthusiastic in The New York Times.

“If The Girl on the Train seemed overplotted and confusing to some readers, it is a model of clarity next to this latest effort.

“Her goal may be to build suspense, but all she achieves is confusion. Into the Water is jam-packed with minor characters and stories that go nowhere.”

‘Plausible and grimly gripping’

She asks: “What happened to the Paula Hawkins who structured The Girl on the Train so ingeniously?”

However, The New Statesman‘s Leo Robson defended the book, writing: “Most of the time, the novel is plausible and grimly gripping.

“Into the Water follows its predecessor in applying laser scrutiny to a small patch, but there are signs of growth and greater ambition.”

He described Hawkins’s writing as “addictive”, adding that the novel “is on a par with The Girl on a Train”.

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The film adaptation of The Girl on the Train was released last September

The Evening Standard‘s David Sexton wrote: “Unfortunately, Into the Water turns out to be hard work.”

“There’s a ridiculous multiplication of narrators from the start, some first-person, others third, so that on first reading it is almost impossible to keep track of who’s who and what relation they have to one another… several of the stories never really cohere.”

‘Overambitious’

Marcel Berlins in The Times said: “This novel has its intriguing attributes.

“It does not follow the usual samey fashionable pattern of ‘domestic noir’ and psychological thrillers. For that Hawkins ought to be commended, even if the result is not a full success.

“She is let down by her overambitious structure and a lack of sufficient tension. Hawkins does not quite pass the second-book test.”

Of course, reviews of any kind are unlikely to deter the millions who enjoyed The Girl on the Train.

After all, critics didn’t much like the film adaptation of her previous book, starring Emily Blunt, but that didn’t stop it being a box office success.


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Elton John had potentially deadly infection

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The star has praised his fans and his medical team “for their excellence” in looking after him so well

Sir Elton John suffered a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US, his management says.

The singer became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week, requiring him to return to the UK for urgent treatment.

Nine concerts that were due to be staged in Las Vegas and California over the next two weeks have been cancelled.

Sir Elton is now resting at home.

A statement by his management said infections of the kind suffered by the star were “rare and potentially deadly”. It gave no other details.

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The 70-year-old singer has sold more than 200 million records

“Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” it added.

Sir Elton is due to resume his schedule of live performances in the UK on 3 June.

“I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologise for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well,” the star said.

His Million Dollar Piano tour is due to end its run in May 2018.

It is not the first time Sir Elton has battled a serious bout of ill-health.

Appendicitis operation

While performing his show The Million Dollar Piano at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2012, Sir Elton became ill with a serious respiratory infection. Following his doctor’s recommendation, he cancelled the show’s last four concerts.

In July 2013, he had to cancel a concert in London’s Hyde Park when he was diagnosed with appendicitis, which required urgent surgery.

“I knew I was sick but I didn’t know I had such a dangerous thing inside of me until I had a scan, which was after nine shows, 24 flights and a summer ball. I could have easily died,” he later said in an interview with The Telegraph.

Various organisations have tweeted get well messages to Sir Elton, including American Idol, This Morning and BPI Music, which wrote: “Dear Sir @eltonofficial we’re sorry to hear you’ve been unwell but so happy you are on the mend, and we wish you a full speedy recovery.”

The career of Sir Elton spans five decades and has been littered with accolades, hit singles and world records.

The 70-year-old singer has sold more than 200 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.

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Faye Dunaway feels ‘very guilty’ over Oscars blunder

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Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were given the wrong award envelope

Faye Dunaway has revealed she was left feeling “very guilty” over the Oscars night fiasco that saw the best picture award going to the wrong film.

She told NBC’s Nightly News she was also “completely stunned” after naming La La Land instead of Moonlight.

She was presenting with Warren Beatty but they were mistakenly given the envelope naming La La Land’s Emma Stone best actress.

“You were completely stunned, you don’t know what has happened,” she said.

Dunaway was speaking for the first time since the Academy Awards blunder two months ago.

It has been described as the biggest mistake in 89 years of Academy Awards history.

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She told the Nightly News host Lester Holt on Monday how the mistake played out for her and Beatty, her former Bonnie and Clyde co-star.

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Warren Beatty has described the incident as “chaos”

“He took the card out and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, offstage, he looked around and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible!,” she said.

“I thought he was joking, I thought he was stalling. Warren’s like that, he kind of holds the power – a dramatic pause.”

She added that she felt “very guilty” and that there should have been something she could have done to put things right.

“Why didn’t I see Emma Stone’s name on top of the card?,” Dunaway said.

Duplicate envelopes

Stone had won the best actress Oscar for her role in La La Land just before the best picture announcement.

Beatty has already said the night felt like “chaos” when he was a guest on the Graham Norton Show earlier this month.

An investigation into the mistake later found the holders of the top secret envelopes, two accountants from the LA auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), were responsible.

Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan were standing at either side of the stage, out of view, where they handed out the winners’ envelopes to the presenters of each award as they went out on stage.

Duplicates of each award envelope are made, which led to the second copies of the previous award being handed out instead.

The firm apologised for the blunder and accepted full responsibility and the Academy said they will continue using PwC despite the mix-up.

Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, wrote in a letter to members that new rules will also mean electronic devices are banned backstage.

Cullinan was posting Twitter photos just before the mix-up. He and Ruiz will not be working on Oscars night again, PwC has also said.


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Exclusive: Has Zoe Saldana revealed Avengers 4 title?

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Has Zoe Saldana let slip that the title of the fourth Avengers film is Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet?

Speaking at the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere, the actress, who plays Gamora, talked about the involvement of Guardians stars in the Avengers films.

Asked about the third Avengers film, she said: “I think the Guardians just shot their part when it comes to Infinity War.

“And we all have to go back for Gauntlet later this year.”

The Avengers and The Guardians of the Galaxy are all part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far they have appeared in separate films, but will join forces in the next two Avengers films. Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, which we which now know could well be called Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet or perhaps just plain Avengers: Gauntlet.

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Gunn (left) and Guardians star Chris Pratt joke around at a press conference

Over the weekend, Cinemablend revealed that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was not going to reveal the name of the fourth film because the name could be a spoiler for Avengers: Infinity War.

The infinity gauntlet is a glove specially made to hold infinity stones, including the power stone, the space stone, the reality stone, the mind stone, the time stone and the soul stone.

When all the stones are held by the infinity gauntlet, it gives the wearer the powers of a god.

The Infinity Gauntlet was a six-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics from July to December in 1991.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is out on Friday in the UK, and next month in the US.

Avengers: Infinity War is due out in 2018, with the follow up slated for release in 2019.

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The Night Manager wins Bafta craft awards

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The Night Manager was based on the John le Carre novel

It was largely snubbed in the nominations for the TV Baftas, but The Night Manager has picked up two Bafta craft awards.

The BBC espionage thriller won for editing and sound in the awards that celebrate behind the scenes talent.

The Crown, National Treasure and Planet Earth II also won two awards each at the ceremony.

In the Bafta TV nominations only Tom Hollander from The Night Manager was nominated for best supporting actor.

This was a surprise after the show did so well at the Golden Globe awards where Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie all won acting prizes and the drama also won an Emmy for director Susanne Bier.

Netflix series The Crown – which leads the Bafta TV nominations – picked up two craft awards.

The drama about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II won for costume design and special, visual and graphic effects.

Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II won two of its nine nominations.

Those were the factual photography award for its cities episode (which was up against three other episodes from the series) and the factual sound category.

National Treasure, which starred Robbie Coltrane as a comedian accused of historic sex crimes, won for direction and original music.

Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright picked up a Bafta craft award for writing. It was her third Bafta in this category and her fifth Bafta overall.

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Stephen Mangan hosted the Bafta craft awards in the City of London, he was accompanied by his wife actress Louise Delamere

The writer of Mum, Stefan Golaszewski, won for best comedy writing, beating Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, Julia Davis for Camping and Steve Coogan, Neil and Rob Gibbons for Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle.

War and Peace, which was up for five awards, won one for production design.

Other winners of one award were Black Mirror for make up and hair design, Hillsborough for factual editing, Rillington Place for photography and lighting and Ant Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for best multi-camera direction.

The Bafta special award for outstanding contribution to the industry went to prop master Bobby Warans.

He has made props for nearly 100 of the most popular British television programmes of the past 40 years, including The Morecambe and Wise Show, The Two Ronnies, Strictly, Absolutely Fabulous and Ant Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

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