Claudia Winkleman was praised for her “natural wit” by judges at the RTS Awards
Claudia Winkleman has been named best entertainment presenter at the Royal Television Society Awards, beating Graham Norton and Keith Lemon.
Judges said Winkleman, who took a full-time role on Strictly Come Dancing when Sir Bruce Forsyth stepped down, was “a genuinely individual performer”.
Her win was something of a coup – as neither Sir Bruce nor Tess Daly had ever been nominated for the award.
Overall, the BBC took 18 of the 28 prizes at Tuesday night’s ceremony.
The main acting prizes went to Sarah Lancashire and Tom Hollander
Sarah Lancashire was named best female actor for her role in the drama series Happy Valley, while Tom Hollander won best actor for his portrayal of poet Dylan Thomas in BBC Two’s A Poet In New York.
Graham Norton made up for his loss in the entertainment presenter category by winning best entertainment programme.
Judges called his chat show “effortlessly slick, brilliantly cast and continually fresh”.
Medical drama Casualty was the surprise winner of best soap, beating both Coronation Street and EastEnders.
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton shared the best comedy performance trophy for their comedy anthology Inside No. 9 – which tells a series of dark, twisted stories, each set behind a door marked “number nine”.
Another comedy duo – Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse – picked up best scripted comedy show for their affectionate spoof of BBC Two’s history, The Story of the Twos, which was commissioned to celebrate the channel’s 50th anniversary.
Fly on the wall dinner party show Couples Come Dine With Me won best daytime show
ITV received just one award – as Billy Connolly was named best presenter for Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off, a two-part documentary examining how different cultures …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment