A COMEDIAN is celebrating after being named the winner of the best entertainment performance at the Baftas.

Romesh Ranganathan was given the prize for his comedy show The Ranganation in Sunday’s Bafta television awards.

The comedy show sees the Crawley comedian and two celebrity guests discuss the week’s news in front of a focus group of 20 members of the public.

During lockdown, the show was filmed with a virtual audience from Romesh’s garage rather than being broadcast from a television studio.

In his acceptance speech, Romesh thanked audiences for continuing to support his show despite being forced to adapt its format because of the pandemic.

He said: “I really didn’t expect to win it. I mean, there was a good chance. It’s amazing. It was much easier for me to do the show this series because I just did it in my garage.

“So in many ways I feel like I’ve put in less effort and got more reward. That’s what life’s about in showbiz.

“I love this show so to win an award for it is an incredible honour so thank you very much.” .

The comic saw off competition from Bradley Walsh, the host of ITV gameshow The Chase and Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkelman to take home the gong.

Despite his success, Romesh missed out on his second opportunity to take home Bafta.

The comedian’s Sky One show, Rob and Romesh VS, lost out to Channel 4’s The Big Narstie Show in the best comedy entertainment programme category.

I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel and Normal People actor Paul Mescal were among the big winners at this year’s awards.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer said: “Congratulations to all 14 of the Bafta TV Award winners, it was a terrific night for the BBC and an important reminder of the quality and creative excellence on display across such a wide range of genres.

“I’d like to thank all of the talent and programmes recognised for showcasing such innovative and ground breaking television over the last year.”