Champagne Taittinger, celebrating its 10th year as the official Champagne partner to BAFTA, was the toast of the evening at the ceremony hosted by Dara O'Briain, and later at the glittering after show dinner and party. New Zealand's most awarded winery, Villa Maria Estate, the Official Wine Partner to BAFTA, was also served at the Awards dinner, with guests choosing from either Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011 or Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010. Much-loved Australian television personality, musician and artist, Rolf Harris CBE, received a standing ovation as he was presented with the Fellowship at this year's Awards. Awarded annually, the BAFTA Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to television. Receiving his Fellowship in 2012 holds a particular poignancy for Rolf Harris, as it marks 60 years since he first arrived on these shores from his native Perth in Western Australia. Recent Fellows include Sir Trevor McDonald, Lord Bragg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Richard Curtis, David Jason, Bruce Forsyth and Sir David Frost.
Last night's ceremony was the continuation of a long association between BAFTA and Champagne Taittinger who supply the golden bubbles for its prestigious annual Awards and year-round events.
Exclusive BAFTA branded Magnums and 75cl bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve, were produced to be served at the ceremony and all nominees were presented with an official gift bag containing bottles of Taittinger in stylish gift boxes and an invitation to visit the Villa Maria winery in Auckland for a wine tasting at the cellar door followed by a lunch and tour of the winery.