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Sophie Okonedo and Robbie Coltrane take top honours at RTS Awards

Other winners on the evening included Ant and Dec picking up the Best entertainment show prize for Saturday Night Takeaway.

Sophie Okonedo and Robbie Coltrane were among the winners at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards .

The event recognises the most talented small screen stars, with Sophie receiving her Best female actor gong for series Undercover and Robbie taking home the Best male actor prize for the gripping drama National Treasure. The programme, which told the story of a public figure accused of multiple sexual assaults, was also awarded the Mini-Series prize, while Robbie's co-star Julie Walters was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

Joking the prize was an "old people's award", Julie told the audience: "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."

Television presenting pair Ant and Dec picked up the Best entertainment show prize for Saturday Night Takeaway, and told the crowd Adele is next on their dream guest list for the programme.

"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," they said. "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."

Grayson Perry was another big winner on the evening, taking home both the Arts gong and the Presenter prize for his show Grayson Perry: All Man, which saw him look at the modern idea of masculinity.

Speaking about the programme, Grayson explained: "The conversations I had with people on the streets are really what we want to be talking about now and that's why I feel like I'm doing the right thing.

"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."

Meanwhile, Emmerdale beat its competitors to take home the Soap and continuing prize gong, with producer Iain MacLeod commenting the award represented the ITV show being given "the recognition it deserves".

The RTS Awards were hosted by Sandi Toksvig, who was recently announced as one of the new presenters of The Great British Bake Off.


The full list of winners at the 2017 RTS Awards is as follows:


Best female actor: Sophie Okonedo - Undercover

Best male actor: Robbie Coltrane - National Treasure

Arts: Grayson Perry - All Man

Breakthrough: Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag

Children's programme: CBeebies - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Comedy performance: Asim Chaudhry - People Just Do Nothing

Daytime programme: Find it, Fix it, Flog it

Documentary series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

Drama series: Happy Valley

Entertainment: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Entertainment performance: Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe - The Last Leg

History: The Aberfan Young Wives' Club

Live Event - Stand Up to Cancer

Mini-Series: National Treasure - The Forge

Presenter: Grayson Perry - Grayson Perry All Man

Popular factual and features - Employable Me

Channel of the Year: BBC Three

Science and natural history: First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon

Scripted comedy: People Just Do Nothing

Single documentary: The Murder of Sadie Hartley

Single drama: Murdered By My Father

Soap and continuing drama: Emmerdale

Sports presenter, Commentator or Pundit: Osi Umenyiora

Sports programme: Rio Paralympics Sunset

Best comedy writer: Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag

Best drama writer: Sally Wainwright - Happy Valley

Judges' award: Sally Wainwright

Lifetime achievement award: Julie Walters

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