HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Wins The Top International Award At The BAFTAs

HBO’s True Detective managed to win the top international award at the BAFTA TV Awards recently held in London. It beat a stellar line up of The Good Wife, House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.

Season 1 of True Detectives starred Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Detective Marty Hart.

“An anthology police detective series in which investigations seem to unearth both personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.”

While fans loved the first season of True Detective, Season 2 will see a complete shift in characters and story line as the show’s producer, Nic Pizzolatto, recently told Medium, although he is determined to stay true to the original essence of the True Detectives series.

“There’s no relationship between the stories or characters, which was the result of fully committing to something new, but I do think that the seasons have a deep, close bond in sensibility and vision, a similar soul, though this is a more complex world and field of characters.”

The director also addressed those occult rumors circulating about Season 2 of True Detective after an earlier comment he made in relation to Season 2 being about “Bad men, hard women, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system.” While he did originally think True Detective could follow an occult theme in Season 2, since that first comment, he has moved the show away from this direction and more towards a “closer character work and a more grounded crime story.” There will also be less storytelling flashbacks and no confusing leaps in Season 2 of True Detectives.

Some of the other winners included (winners in bold and list courtesy of The Wrap) the following.

Leading actress
Georgina Campbell – Murdered by My Boyfriend
Keeley Hawes – Line of Duty
Sarah Lancashire – Happy Valley
Sheridan Smith – Cilla

Leading actor
Jason Watkins – The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Toby Jones – Marvellous
James Nesbitt – The Missing

Radio Times Audience Award (voted for by members of the public)
Sherlock
Cilla
Eastenders
Game of Thrones
The Great British Bake Off
The Missing
Strictly Come Dancing

Supporting actress
Gemma Jones – Marvellous
Vicky McClure – Line of Duty
Amanda Redman – Tommy Cooper: Not like That, Like This
Charlotte Spencer – Glueme

Comedy and comedy entertainment program
The Graham Norton Show
Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle
Would I Lie To You

Supporting actor
Stephen Rea – The Honourable Woman
Adeel Akhtar – Utopia
James Norton – Happy Valley
Ken Stott – The Missing

Features
Grand Designs
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
The Great British Bake Off
Long Lost Family

International
True Detective
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Orange Is The New Black

Reality and constructed factual
The Island With Bear Grylls
The Apprentice
I’m A Celebrity… GET ME OUT OF HERE!
The Undateables

You can read the complete list of BAFTA winners here.

Season 2 of True Detectives stars Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. It is scheduled to premiere on June 21, 2015, and the promo posters have recently been released with the ominous catchphrase of “We get the world we deserve.” You can view the Season 2 trailer of True Detective here.

[Image Credit: HBO Inc.]