Coronation Street has lost out to The Bill at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

The ITV soap was up against the long-running police drama in the Soap and Continuing Drama category. BBC1 medical drama Holby City was also nominated.

The Mighty Boosh beat The Thick Of It and Peep Show in the Situation Comedy and Comedy Drama category, while Stephen Fry’s quiz show QI won the Entertainment Award.

Host Eamonn Holmes described the BBC2 show as a ‘great British programme, incredibly old-fashioned but definitely part of the zeitgeist’.

ITV had picked up just nine nominations for the awards, while the BBC and Channel 4 had 64 between them.

James May and Richard Hammond collected the Features and Lifestyle Series award for Top Gear minus fellow presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

James joked: “Actually Hammond and I were only here because we were told to be.”

But Richard added: “We would like to say because it’s a rare opportunity, thank you very much.”

Channel 4 triumphed in the non-fiction category with Meet The Natives winning the Formatted Documentary Award, You’re Not Splitting Up My Family taking the Observational Documentary prize and Come Dine With Me beating ITV’s Loose Women to Best Daytime Programme.