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Winkleman has the last laugh at RTS

Claudia Winkleman has picked up a gong for her work on hit BBC1 show Strictly Come Dancing, having earlier laughed off her chances of winning.

Winkleman won the prize for entertainment performance at the Royal Television Society (RTS) awards, beating Graham Norton and Keith Lemon.

She had earlier admitted that she had not prepared a winner's speech, saying: "No. It's not going to happen."

The judges described Winkleman as "a genuinely individual performer, naturally quick and witty as well as being a consummate professional".

The nomination alone was a coup for Winkleman, as neither co-host Tess Daly nor veteran presenter Sir Bruce have ever been nominated for an RTS award for Strictly - although Sir Bruce was crowned with a lifetime achievement award.

Norton may have lost out to Winkleman, but his chat show did pick up the gong for entertainment programme, with judges describing his show as "effortlessly slick, brilliantly cast and continually fresh".

Among the other winners announced at the ceremony hosted by John Sergeant at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, were Sarah Lancashire, who won the female actor award for her role in BBC One drama series Happy Valley.

She triumphed over Sheridan Smith for her role as singer Cilla Black in the ITV biopic Cilla, and Georgina Campbell in the moving, true-story BBC3 drama Murdered By My Boyfriend.

Tom Hollander won the male actor award for his portrayal of Dylan Thomas in BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Two's A Poet In New York, beating Toby Jones for acclaimed show Marvellous (BBC Two) and Adeel Akhtar for the second instalment of Utopia (Channel 4).

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Drama, said it was a great night for the station.

"With 18 Royal Television Society Awards, it's been a brilliant night for BBC Television and I'm very grateful to everyone who has contributed to this success. I'm really proud of the quality and range of our output across so many genres. As a team we are determined to keep delivering for audiences in the coming months."

D-Day: The Heroes return picked up the live event award, and was described by judges as a "hugely ambitious" and "beautifully produced" programme.

Channel 4's The Island With Bear Grylls won in the Popular, popular, factual and features category, coming out on top over BBC1 show Great British Bake Off and 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy (Sky 1HD).

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