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Bragg and Cowell the polar ends of BAFTA TV award wins

Bragg and Cowell the polar ends of BAFTA TV award wins

Melvyn Bragg last night won this year’s Bafta TV fellowship for his long championing of ITV’s arts with the now mothballed flagship The South Bank Show, which itself has been nominated for more than 30 Baftas and won nine. Ironically Simon Cowell was another winner at the London Palladium, with a special award for an outstanding contribution to entertainment and for furthering new talent in reality talent shows such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. The political satire The Thick of It won three awards, Julie Walters's win for Best Actress as Mo Mowlam beat herself in the euthanasia drama A Short Stay in Switzerland. The Haiti earthquake brought a three-way fight for the News gong, won by ITV.

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If you're suggesting by 'polar ends' that Bragg is quality and Cowell is pure tack, I wouldn't say it was as simple as all that...the South Bank Show debased just about everything it touched. Some say we should be glad it got touched at all, but I found it unwatchable. Only Yentob is worse.

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