11th May 2015: The great and the good of UK Television gathered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane last night as the winners of the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in 2015 were announced. Official Champagne and wine partners to BAFTA, Champagne Taittinger and Villa Maria were on hand throughout the evening to help the glamorous guests celebrate.
Attendees toasted the winners at the ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, with Champagne Taittinger, official Champagne Partner to BAFTA, which was served to guests at a special reception. The Theatre Royal’s stunning outdoor ‘Taittinger Terrace’ provided an ideal hangout for the glittering guests to relax and enjoy some beautiful bubbles before proceeding to the theatre for the awards ceremony.
As official Wine Partner to BAFTA, Villa Maria, New Zealand’s most awarded winery for more than 30 years, provided the post-awards wines which were served at the sumptuous awards dinner and after-party at Grosvenor House. During the dinner guests enjoyed Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. Party-goers were able to continue the celebrations at the pop-up Villa Maria Wine Bar area at the after-party.
Acclaimed news correspondent and journalist Jon Snow 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 film, television or games. Recent Fellows in television include Julie Walters, Sir Michael Palin, Sir Trevor McDonald, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
Jeff Pope, one of Britain’s most successful producers and writers, was honoured with the Special Award on the night, which recognised his outstanding creative contribution to television.
Exclusive BAFTA labelled Magnums and 75cl bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve, were produced to be served at the ceremony and all nominees received 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.