“Bafta documentary award dedicated to ‘children being trafficked’ baffles and bewilders as Sir Mo Farah takes the stage with bursting emotion”

The 2023 Bafta Television Awards ceremony on Sunday was filled with gripping moments, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.

Sir Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, took home the award for best single documentary. His winning documentary, The Real Mo Farah, disclosed how he was illegally trafficked to the UK as a child. Farah assumed the identity of another child after his father was killed in the civil war. In his acceptance speech, Farah dedicated his award to trafficked children.

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Meanwhile, Siobhan McSweeney delivered an impressive speech after winning the Bafta for best female performance in a comedy programme. The actress won the award for her role as Sister Michael, the eye-rolling principal in Channel 4’s Derry Girls.

Other poignant speeches came from best supporting actress, Anne-Marie Duff, for the comedy Bad Sisters, who gave an empowering message to people at home. The reality and constructed factual award went to BBC One’s The Traitors, and Uefa Women’s Euro 2022 coverage won the Bafta for best sports coverage.

The ceremony was filled with humour, too. Joel Dommett, for ITV’s The Masked Singer, joked that he “really didn’t expect this, Strictly normally wins everything.”

Also, Lewis Capaldi made a great first televised performance of his new single Wish You The Best alongside DJ Jax Jones and singer Calum Scott.

The Bafta Television Awards spirit will continue to live as the ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer on Sunday at 7pm.

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