LIKE most years, the Television BAFTAs was arguably more entertaining than its film counterpart.

For a start there were better jokes and most people looked like they actually wanted to be there.

Until it became clear things were running over and they all started dropping major hints about wanting to go and have dinner.

Some years the big stars are thin on the ground but with television becoming swiftly as important a medium as the silver screen, there is increasingly a growing pedigree about it.

Astonishingly Benedict Cumberbatch had never won a BAFTA and he genuinely seems delighted to have finally done so.

My only problem with this was I just didn’t like the show he won for, Patrick Melrose.

Undoubtedly it was a meaty role, which proved a ratings and award winner, but I just found it too bleak.

I didn’t really care about Patrick in the end. Which is a problem for a central character.

It’s why I just really don’t want to watch the film about serial killer Ted Bundy, starring Zac Efron in a role he clearly saw awards in.

I just can’t see the point in reminding people about what this hideous individual did.

Some things are worth it, to learn from it. That one isn’t.

Back to the BAFTAs, and the stand-out award-givers.

Based solely on her appearance here, Helen Mackrory is clearly someone I would like to be friends with.

If she genuinely did forget her reading glasses, and so having to resort to her prescription sunglasses, she carried it off with aplomb.

And if it is was a skit, designed to embellish and break the tedium of the soleless pre-written autocues, then it was genius.

Also making a timely, and entertaining, appearance was Friends star David Schwimmer and the possibly lesser known Nick Hammond who are appearing in an upcoming comedy together.

Nick may have been the less familiar of the two but he more than held his own.

Jessica Hynes also deserves a shout out while we are discussing stand out speeches, despite hers descending a tiny bit into cringiness towards the end.

She redeemed it with her opening line of all the fantastic television which had clearly been made in the past year reminding her she really needed to get one.

A television that is.

So all round, it was a good show with some worthy winners.

Good to see a clearly delighted Steve Pemberton finally pick up an accolade for the largely under-rated Inside Number 9 and Lee Mack for Would I Lie to You.

Both shows are not by any means new - they are a number of series in.

In fact, most of the shows winning here were those the audiences have loved and nurtured over many years ; Eastenders, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity amongst them.

Longevity is the key - and a cracking good story if you are a new drama like Killing Eve which pipped close rival Bodyguard to the major acting awards and the big one - best drama.

No doubt though, despite her warm and witty speech, the main discussion about its lead Jodie Comer will be her strong Liverpudlian accent.

Almost as surprising as hearing Line of Duty’s Martin Compston when he isn’t playing the part of a southern detective.

He is actually Scottish - but then, they are actors after all. It’s their job.