Colman goes shoeless at RTS awards

Olivia Colman has taken to the stage minus her shoes as she accepted her gong for best actress at the Royal Television Society Awards.

Olivia Colman was named best actress at the RTS Awards
Olivia Colman was named best actress at the RTS Awards

The popular star picked up the title for the second year running for her role in Broadchurch with judges calling her "an actor at the top of her game".

Taking to the stage shoeless, she said: "I kicked them off under the table and forgot to put them back on."

The stars turned out at London's Grosvenor House Hotel to celebrate the cream of British TV, with Olivia joined on the red carpet by her Broadchurch co-stars including Jodie Whittaker, whose posing for the cameras she admired saying: "You were really good at that."

Sharon Rooney, also nominated for best actress, dazzled in a sequinned navy dress and said: "I'm so thrilled, especially to be nominated with Jodie and Olivia, it doesn't get any better than that.

"I'll be happy if I win or lose because I'll still feel like the luckiest girl in the world."

Emmerdale stars including Sammy Winward and Dominic Brunt glammed up for the event, alongside sports presenters Gabby Logan and Clare Balding.

Awards veterans Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly also attended and Dec said: "We do love awards ceremonies, it's just nice to get out of the house."

Ant added: "Free dinner, free bottle of drink!"

Broadchurch won a second prize at the glitzy event hosted by comic Tim Vine by landing the best drama serial award.

Idris Elba took the best actor prize for his performance in BBC One detective series Luther.

Other winners included ITV's Corornation Street, which took the prize for best soap and Stephen Fry who was named best presenter for his series Stephen Fry: Out There in which he travelled to a number of countries to examine how they treated their gay communities.

The broadcaster famously made an attempt on his own life as he made the series as it left him at such a low ebb. He paraphrased Winston Churchill to tell guests at the ceremony: "I think you can judge a civilisation by the way it treats its minorities."

Channel 4 was the biggest winner of the night sharing in nine awards for which it was the broadcaster, including the best documentary series prize, which went to Educating Yorkshire. Maths teacher Michael Steer from the show blasted Education Secretary Michael Gove as he collected the gong.

Outgoing BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow was given the "judges' award" for her achievements with the channel.

Veteran actor David Suchet was honoured with the lifetime achievement award in recognition of his quarter of a century portraying Hercule Poirot. The star was unable to attend the event after feeling unwell before the ceremony.

The winners of the RTS Programme Awards were:

Actress

Actor

Arts

Children's Fiction

Children's Programme

Comedy Performance

Daytime

Documentary Series

Drama Serial

Drama Series

Entertainment

Entertainment Performance

History

International

Live Event

Popular, Factual and Features

Presenter

Science and Natural History

Scripted Comedy

Single Documentary

Single Drama

Soap and Continuing Drama

Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit

Sports Programme

Comedy Writer

Drama Writer

Judges' Award

Lifetime Achievement

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