Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the BAFTA Television Awards 2013 at the Southbank Centre! It really was one of the most genuinely fabulous nights of my life. We were picked up in a swanky Audi A8 from my house in Hampshire and driven to London. The whole evening was ridiculously extravagant, and I felt very smug indeed.
I was also very lucky that Motel Rocks kindly provided me with a lovely dress to wear! This was very important, as I was going to be walking down the red carpet with many cool celebrities, and I wanted to blend in with the glitz…
Thanks to my lovely sister and mama for doing my make up!
We first arrived at the Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall Place, where we were greeted with unbelievably delicious champagne and canapés. I was just devouring my fifth watermelon and tuna thing on a stick, when I happened to notice Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan across the room! Clearly we have the same taste in champagne.
We then popped into our Audis again to be driven to the Southbank Centre for the awards. Upon arrival, we tottered down the red carpet on the Riverside Terrace, amidst the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Hugh Bonneville and a couple of Daleks. We then entered the building and were drenched in more champagne. By this point I was finding everything hilarious.
The award ceremony in the Auditorium was splendid, and we were provided with free chocolates called ‘Tiddly BAFTAs’ and a bottle of water with which to survive until dinner.
Olivia Coleman won two BAFTAs for ‘Best Female in a Comedy’ (in Twenty Twelve) and ‘Supporting Actress’ (in Accused). I was jolly pleased for her, because she was fantastic in Broadchurch with David Tennant, and she’s just a brilliant actress. The lovely Ben Whishaw also won ‘Best Actor’ for his role as Richard II in Hollow Crown - I managed to talk to him about it later on…
After the awards, we filtered into the Clore Ballroom for an incredible dinner. I just can’t explain how delicious this food was.
The first course was a garden salad; amidst the usual spring greens was sprinkled some kind of mysterious, earthy substance. I assumed it was shaved truffles, before reading the menu and realising it was ‘edible soil’. It was bizarre and delicious. Following this, we ate a sumptuous plate of duck confit with butternut squash purée. Then arrived a voluptuous dessert of fizzy berries, jelly, cream and meringue. I can’t remember the precise pudding structure. It was all just so champagne-drenched and mesmerising.
For the after party we moved back over to the Riverside Terrace. I found Ben Whishaw and congratulated him on his award! Then we discussed how awful it was that The Hour had been cancelled – I didn’t think anyone could be as devastated as me. He was a lovely chap, as were the silly boys from Made in Chelsea. I won’t pretend I don’t watch it; it’s fab. I had a little chat with Jamie, Francis and Spencer, who really was remarkably tanned. We also congratulated Clare Balding for winning the ‘BAFTA Special Award’, and thanked her for being such an inspirational journalist. Lastly, just before we left the party at 2am for our Audi-driven journey back to Hampshire, I met the extremely tall Greg Davies, who was very pleasant!
Thank you to my wonderful, wonderful friend James, with whom I had a fantastic time! Thank you also to Audi and Motel Rocks!