Olivia Colman collects her RTS best actress award shoeless

Olivia Colman took to the stage minus her shoes as she accepted her honour for best actress at the Royal Television Society 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.”

Broadchurch won a second prize at the London event hosted by comic Tim Vine, 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. 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, 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 award.

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 due to feeling unwell before the ceremony.

The winners of the RTS Programme Awards were:
Olivia Colman – Broadchurch (ITV)/Run (Channel 4)
Idris Elba – Luther (BBC One)
Imagine…Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures (BBC One)
Children’s Fiction
Dumping Ground (CBBC)
Children’s Programme
Hard Times – A Newsround Special (CBBC)
Comedy Performance
Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC One)
Four Rooms (Channel 4)
Documentary Series
Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)
Drama Serial
Broadchurch (ITV)
Drama Series
Peaky Blinders (BBC Two)
The Last Leg (Channel 4)
Entertainment Performance
Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)
Richard III: King In The Car Park (Channel 4)
Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
Live Event
The Ashes – 2013 (Sky Sports)
Popular, Factual and Features
Gogglebox (Channel 4)
Stephen Fry – Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC Two)
Science and Natural History
Africa (BBC One)
Scripted Comedy
Single Documentary
The Murder Trial (Channel 4)
Single Drama
The Challenger (BBC Two)
Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street (ITV)
Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit
Gary Neville – Sky Sports (Sky Sports)
Sports Programme
World Athletics – Mo Farah’s Double Gold Win (BBC One)
Comedy Writer
James Corden, Mathew Baynton and Tom Basden – The Wrong Mans (BBC Two)
Drama Writer
Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan – Run (Channel 4)
Judges’ Award
Janice Hadlow
Lifetime Achievement
David Suchet


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