Ant and Dec, Emmerdale, Julie Walters and Robbie Coltrane were among the winners at last night's Royal Television Society Awards in central London.

TV’s Ant and Dec have said they would love to see singer Adele make a guest appearance on their Saturday Night Takeaway show.

The pair revealed their dream for the prime time programme as it picked up the prize for best entertainment at the RTS Awards in central London last night, seeing off competition from Strictly Come Dancing.

As the pair accepted the award, presented by incoming Great British Bake Off presenter Sandi Toksvig, they told reporters: “Adele – we’ve never quite made it work because of all her tours and albums and stuff, but we could have a lot of fun with her. If you all put the pressure on from your end and we put the pressure on from our end, maybe we can make it happen.”

Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec (©ITV Plc)

The popular duo, who have a legion of fans said they would stay in the job for “as long as people are watching”.

They continued: “We always try to make the show a special treat every week so we are really thrilled to be recognised with this award.”

Meanwhile Emmerdale were delighted to be triumphant in the Soap and Continuing Drama category for the second year running. Producer Iain MacLeod said he was pleased the show was finally receiving “the recognition it deserves”.

Hard-hitting BBC drama Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire, scooped the gong for best Drama Series with the show’s writer Sally Wainwright who has created huge TV hits  including Scott & Bailey and Last Tango In Halifax as well as Happy Valley collecting two awards – including the Judges’ Award for being a writer of outstanding distinction.

Meanwhile, Grayson Perry picked up both best presenter and best arts programme prizes for his Channel 4 show Grayson Perry All Man. “In your face, David Attenborough!” he joked.

Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry (Ian West/PA)

Speaking of the show, which saw him explore the modern view of masculinity, he said:

“Good television should have that water cooler effect of starting conversations – I have had taxi drivers talk to me about it and that’s lovely.

“It’s not my day job so I feel pretty good that I’ve just wandered unexpectedly into television and we’ve struck a nerve. But I think it would alter my relationship with television if I went full time – I quite like being the artist who just rocks up in front of the camera, so I don’t get too up myself.”

BBC Three, which recently became an online only service, won the channel of the year award, while Sophie Okonedo and Robbie Coltrane were named best actors.

Julie Walters
Julie Walters (Ian West/PA)

Harry Potter star Julie Walters, 67, picked up a lifetime achievement award recognising her career across film and television genres that has already spanned more than 40 years. After joking that it was the “old people’s award”, she said: “It’s absolutely gorgeous, I’m thrilled.

“I always get excited at things like this, being surrounded by people I know, I’m like a Jack Russell dog.”

Her busy timetable this year includes work on the new Mary Poppins film, a second Paddington movie and a documentary on train lines around Britain’s coastlines.

She dismissed rumours that she had her eye on a role in Coronation Street, but confessed she loved watching the ITV soap.

SEE THE LIST OF WINNERS BELOW

Actor – Female

Sophie Okonedo – Undercover,  BBC One

Nominees:

Jodie Comer – Thirteen, BBC Three

Julie Walters – National Treasure, Channel 4

 

Actor – Male

Robbie Coltrane – National Treasure, Channel 4

Nominees:

Adeel Akhtar – Murdered By My Father. BBC Three

James Nesbitt – The Secret, ITV

 

Soap and Continuing Drama

Emmerdale,  ITV

Nominees:

EastEnders, BBC One

Hollyoaks, Channel Four

 

Daytime Programme

Find it, Fix it, Flog it, Channel 4

Nominees:

Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS, BBC One

The Question Jury,  Channel 4

 

Documentary Series

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, BBC Two

Nominees:

Inside Obama’s White House Brook Lapping Productions in association with Les Films d’Ici 2 for BBC Two in co-production with Al Jazeera America and Arte France

The Murder Detectives Films of Record for Channel 4

 

Drama Series

Happy Valley,  BBC One

Nominees:

Line of Duty 3,  BBC Two

The Durrells, ITV

 
Entertainment

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV

Nominees:

Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One

Taskmaster, UKTV & Dave

 

Entertainment Performance

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker & Josh Widdicombe – The Last Leg Open, Channel 4

Nominees:

Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! ITV

Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur: Mum’s American Dream,  BBC Three
Arts

Grayson Perry All Man, Channel 4

Nominees:

Bricks! BBC Four

One Night In 2012: An Imagine Special, BBC One

 
Breakthrough

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag, BBC Three

Nominees:

Nadiya Hussain – The Chronicles of Nadiya,  BBC One

Phillip Wood – Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction, BBC Three

 

Children’s Programme

CBeebies A Midsummer Night’s Dream, CBeebies

Nominees:

Lily’s Driftwood Bay,  Nick Jr.

My Life: The Boy on the Bicycle, CBBC

 

Comedy Performance

Asim Chaudhry – People Just Do Nothing,  BBC Three

Nominees:

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney – Catastrophe, Channel 4

Steve Coogan – Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle, Sky Atlantic

 

History

The Aberfan Young Wives’ Club, ITV

Nominees:

Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes 1895, National Geographic

Saddam goes to Hollywood, Channel 4

 

Mini-Series

National Treasure, Channel 4

Nominees:

London Spy, BBC Two

Thirteen, BBC Three

 

Popular Factual and Features

Employable Me,  BBC Two

Nominees:

First Dates,  Channel 4

SAS Who Dares Wins, Channel 4

 

Presenter

Grayson Perry – Grayson Perry All Man,  Channel 4

Nominees:

Sir David Attenborough – Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur BBC Natural History Unit and PBS for BBC One

Richard Ayoade – Travel Man 48 Hours In Vienna North One Television for Channel 4

 

RTS Channel of the Year

BBC Three

Nominees:

BBC One

Channel 4

 

Science and Natural History

First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon, Channel 4

Nominees:

The Hunt: The Hardest Challenge, BBC One

The Secret Life of 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds, Channel 4

 

Scripted Comedy

People Just Do Nothing,  BBC Three

Nominees:

Catastrophe, Channel 4

The Windsors, Channel 4

 

Single Documentary

The Murder of Sadie Hartley, ITV

Nominees:

Hillsborough, BBC Two

The Forgotten Children, ITV

 

 Single Drama

Murdered By My Father, BBC Three

Nominees:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream BBC Wales & BBC Studios for BBC One

Reg L.A. Productions for BBC One

 

Writer – Drama

Sally Wainwright – Happy Valley, BBC One

Nominees:

Jed Mercurio – Line of Duty 3, BBC Two

Jack Thorne – National Treasure. Channel 4

 

Judges’ Award

Sally Wainwright