27 Apr 2009

BBC Swedish detective series wins BAFTA award

9:54 am on 27 April 2009

A BBC adaptation of a Swedish detective series has been named best TV drama at the annual BAFTA TV awards in London.

Wallander was produced by Kenneth Brannagh, who also stars in the series, which is based on the novels of Henning Mankell about a fictional police officer, Inspector Kurt Wallander.

Brannagh previously won a BAFTA film award 20 years ago for Henry V.

Branagh thanked the BBC for commissioning the show: "They took a risk in wondering whether the world would be interested in the troubled life of a melancholy Scandinavian," he said.

The series also stars David Warner.

Wallander beat Doctor Who, Spooks and Shameless.

The Bill beat EastEnders, Casualty and Emmerdale for the continuing drama trophy, its first BAFTA in 25 years.

David Attenborough received an award for Life in Cold Blood, a series on reptiles and amphibians. It was the eighth for his work.

Comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders were jointly given an academy fellowship.

The award for best actor went to Stephen Dillane for The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, a drama about the death of a British peace activist in Israel.

Anna Maxwell Martin won best actress for Poppy Shakespeare.

Best entertainment performance award went to comedian Harry Hill.