Bruce Forsyth said he had no plans to retire as he collected a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Television Society (RTS).

The veteran entertainer said performing still made him feel like a young man and he was happy to carry on at the helm of Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC cleaned up at the annual RTS programme awards staged at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, taking 14 awards.

Channel 4 period drama The Devil’s Whore also did well, collecting three awards including best actress for Andrea Riseborough.

EastEnders won the battle of the soaps, beating Coronation Street and The Bill, while Harry Hill’s TV Burp scored a surprise win in the entertainment category, scooping the award ahead of Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

Collecting his lifetime achievement award, 81-year-old Bruce said that when his agent told him he had won the prize he initially thought he had already won it before.

He observed that David Attenborough was the only previous recipient of the lifetime achievement award and joked: “That’s great, but the standard is going down.”

Bruce dismissed the idea that he might rein in his presenting duties. “It’s getting to be an old question – I’m nearly as old as the question.”

Collecting his award, Forsyth dismissed the idea that he may rein in his presenting duties. “People have been asking if I’m going to retire for the last 10 or 15 years,” he said.

“I’ll know when I’ve had enough and probably the audience will know when I’ve had enough as well. When it happens, I’m ready for it.

“I still love show business, I still love to get out there,” he added.

He said that since meeting his wife Wilnelia he had spent six months of each year doing virtually nothing and this had helped him keep his energy for performing.

Though the TV talent shows missed out on awards, Peter Kay took the comedy performance prize for his send-up of the genre Britain’s Got The Pop Factor.

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