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Bafta doles out British TV awards

April 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has honored a controversial documentary about Alzheimer's disease with one of its highest awards.

ITV's "Malcolm and Barbara: Loves Farewell" was recognized for its Outstanding Contribution to Television during Sunday night's Bafta Awards ceremony at the London Palladium, The Times of London reported.

A controversy was sparked last year when filmmaker Paul Watson claimed to have taped the death of one of his subjects and it was advertised as "groundbreaking footage of a man's death." However, the man's brother discounted the claim, saying he died two days after the film crew left, The Times said. The issue was eventually dismissed as a "misunderstanding."

Comic Harry Hill and the BBC Three sitcom "Gavin and Stacey" won two Baftas apiece and Eileen Atkins, 73, beat her "Cranford" co-star, Judi Dench, for the Best Actress award.

Newcomer Andrew Garfield won Best Actor for his role on Channel Four's drama, "Boy A."

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