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Cox star of Royal TV Society Awards

Science poster boy Professor Brian Cox was the star himself after becoming a double winner at the Royal Television Society Awards.

The pop star turned academic was rewarded for turning his shows about the solar system into a mainstream hit at the highbrow awards event.

Another double winner on Tuesday night was Miranda Hart, who has won huge acclaim for her BBC Two sitcom Miranda, which is soon to be moved to BBC One. She collected the prize for best comedy performance and her show landed the award for best scripted comedy.

Cox was rewarded as best presenter - beating Piers Morgan and Reggie Yates - and his BBC Two series Wonders Of The Solar System took the science and natural history prize. The astrophysicist - who had a first taste of fame as a member of chart act D:ream - thanked the BBC for allowing an academic to become a presenter.

The BBC took the lion's share of the awards, with ITV taking just two - Ant and Dec won the best entertainment performance category, as well as the entertainment title, which went to The X Factor.

Jim Broadbent was named best actor for his role in the Channel 4 drama Any Human Heart, while the best actress prize went to Vicky McClure for her performance in the same station's This Is England '86. Her series, which continued the story of characters first seen in Shane Meadows film This Is England, was the winner of the best drama writer prize, shared by Meadows and Jack Thorne.

The best soap prize went to EastEnders, beating Coronation Street in its 50th year despite a stunning live episode to mark its milestone. But the cobbles were not forgotten at the event. A BBC Four film looking at how the soap made it to the screen, The Road To Coronation Street, took the prize for best single drama.

Despite huge critical acclaim and audience, ITV1's Downton Abbey was left empty-handed, losing out on the drama series prize to BBC One's contemporary reworking of the Holmes stories in Sherlock. The man behind Sherlock and the creative force on Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, was also given the judges' award for his outstanding contribution to TV. BBC One's Five Daughters, which portrayed the real-life stories of a group of prostitutes murdered in Ipswich in 2006, was named best drama serial.

The comedy writer prize was awarded for BBC series Getting On, starring and co-written by Jo Brand, which follows nurses looking after geriatric and terminally ill patients. Meanwhile, CBBC show Horrible Histories won the children's programme title.

Peter Bennett-Jones, the comedy agent and founder of the Tiger Aspect production company, was given the lifetime achievement award.


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