Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Office Party for Hat-Trick of Honours

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Office Party for Hat-Trick of Honours

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Comic Ricky Gervais chalked up a hat-trick of wins at the Bafta TV awards last night as the stars squelched their way down the red carpet amid torrential rain.

He won best comedy performance for the third year in a row for his portrayal of nightmare boss David Brent in The Office Christmas special.

The series was also named best sitcom for the third successive year.

His win was all the sweeter because he was almost missed off the short-list after an administrative cock-up by BBC bosses.

Collecting his second award, he quipped: "This is fantastic. Especially as I just found out the first one was a clerical error."

Julie Walters also scored a hat-trick, winning best actress for the third time, this time for her role in The Wife of Bath, part of the BBC's adaptation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Walters played a bawdy middle-aged actress who begins a relationship with a toyboy, played by ex-EastEnder Paul Nicholls.

"I had so much fun making it, and on top of that I got to snog Paul Nicholls! …

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