Three-part drama Cilla charted how Priscilla White was transformed into a chart-topping singing star
Sheridan Smith and Toby Jones have been named best actress and best actor at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards.
Smith wins for two portrayals of real-life characters: Claire Webster, in The Widower, and singer Cilla Black, in Cilla – both on ITV.
Jones wins for playing Stoke City Football Club’s kit-man Neil Baldwin, in Marvellous, and Lance in comedy Detectorists – both on BBC Two.
Marvellous also won best single drama, while BBC’s W1A was named best comedy.
Smith and Jones both attended the award ceremony in London, with writers of their respective shows, Jeff Pope (Cilla) and Peter Bowker (Marvellous).
Marvellous centred on Neil Baldwin, a man with learning difficulties who turns his hand to anything, and whose life defies limitations
In a strong year for the BBC, The Honourable Woman – starring Maggie Gyllenhaal – picked up best drama series, Baby P: The Untold Story won best documentary, and The Missing writers, brothers Harry and Jack Williams, won the breakthrough award.
Sally Wainwright – whose dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley were both broadcast on BBC One – won the writer’s award.
Channel 4’s Googlebox won best factual entertainment for the second year in a row, while the channel’s controversial show Benefits Street was named best documentary series.
The Honourable Woman starred Hollywood’s Maggie Gyllenhaal
UK TV’s Dave won best multichannel programme for Crackanory, an adult take-off of the original story-telling series featuring a host of stars.
On the radio side, there were two awards for BBC Radio 4.
Germany: Memories of a Nation, presented by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum won best radio programme.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment