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08/05/06
Bafta Bother for Government
- Jamie Oliver gripes at re-shuffles on a night of triumph for the BBC

Bafta Bother for GovernmentTHE GOVERNMENT took more flak last night, this time at the BAFTA award ceremony.

TV chef Jamie Oliver, who won the Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Presenter of a Factual Programme for his campaign to improve school dinners, complained that he had dealt with three Education Secretaries in recent times due to government re-shuffles.

"There's always a bloody excuse which is, 'I've just started'," said Oliver.

Meanwhile, Peter Kosminsky, the director of The Government Inspector, which won two Baftas, said the subject of his film, Dr David Kelly, had been the "victim of a game of political football played by the Government in a crude and pointless battle with the BBC".

Kelly took his own life in the wake of leaks made to the press over the build-up to the Ira War.

On the entertainment side, it was a night of triumph for Bleak House, Doctor Who and The Thick of It, which all picked up two awards. All are BBC shows and the national broadcaster also won the battle of the soaps, with EastEnders pipping Coronation Street.

Full list of winners at: http://www.bafta.org/site/page18.html



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