19th May 2014: The finest of UK Television gathered at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last night as the winners of the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2014 were announced. Official Champagne and wine partners to BAFTA, Champagne Taittinger and Villa Maria were on hand to help the glittering guests celebrate.
Attendees toasted the winners at the ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, with Champagne Taittinger – the official Champagne Partner to the British Academy for the 12th year running. As New Zealand’s most awarded winery for more than 30 years, Villa Maria makes a very fitting Official Wine Partner to the Academy. Guests at the glamorous awards dinner and after-party enjoyed Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.
Exceptionally talented and multi-BAFTA winning actress Julie Walters CBE was presented with the Academy Fellowship. Awarded annually, the BAFTA Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to television. Recent Fellows include Sir Michael Palin, Sir Trevor McDonald, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders and Sir David Jason.
Television entertainer, actress and singer Cilla Black was presented with the Special Award which recognises the year’s most important personal contribution on screen in factual television. It was given to Cilla in recognition of her outstanding contribution to television entertainment over 50 years.
Exclusive BAFTA labelled Magnums and 75cl bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve, were produced to be served at the ceremony and all nominees were presented with official gift bags containing bottles of Taittinger in stylish gift boxes and invitations to visit the Villa Maria winery in Auckland for a VIP tour.