Fred West drama Appropriate Adult is top dog at BAFTA TV Awards

Big win: Emily Watson and Dominic West accept their awards for their parts in Appropriate Adult
Big win: Emily Watson and Dominic West accept their awards for their parts in Appropriate Adult©David Fisher/Rex Features

Appropriate Adult, a drama series based on the life and ultimate downfall of serial killer Fred West, was the big winner at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.

The series told the chilling story about how murderous Fred and Rosemary West were brought to justice following their horrific crimes.

Dominic West picked up the coveted gong of Leading Actor for his portrayal of Fred West, while Emily Watson, who played the part of Janet Leach, the "appropriate adult" who sat with West in police interviews, won Leading Actress.

Monica Dolan, who took on the role of Fred West’s wife Rosemary West, meanwhile scooped the BAFTA for Supporting Actress.

After accepting her gong, Emily admitted she had been cautious about taking on the role, but was won over by the writing. She said: "When I first heard about this show I thought I probably shouldn't do it because of the subject matter - and then I read the script."

Dominic also paid tribute to the real-life appropriate adult, who worked on Fred West’s case. He said: "I hope she has had some closure and we have honoured the suffering she endured and the suffering of all the West's victims living and dead."

The other big winner at this year’s BAFTA 2012 Awards was crime drama series Sherlock which picked up two awards, with Andrew Scott winning Supporting Actor, while the writer of the series, Steven Moffat, picked up a Special Award.

Other winners included Coronation Street which picked up the award for for Soap and Continuing Drama, The Great British Bake-Off which picked up the Features award, The Young Apprentice which landed the gong for Reality And Constructed Factual, and Derren Brown: The Experiments which won an award for beset Entertainment Programme.

Stars of the small screen came out in force to walk the union jack carpet at the glitzy ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall, as they arrived for the annual awards last night (May 27).

TV presenter Davina McCall showed off her wild side in an animal print dress, The Voice host Holly Willoughby rocked her famous curves in a cleavage-enhancing pink bejewelled dress, and former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly looked elegant in a one-shouldered black dress.

TV presenter Alex Jones was also eye-catching in a canary yellow gown, while former TOWIE star Amy Childs showed off her curves in a turquoise blue dress.

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