LONDON – HBO's Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning show Girls, created by and starring Lena Dunham, secured this year's Royal Television Society international TV program award Tuesday, March 19.
The program faced down strong competition for the nod from another multi-Golden Globe winner, spy thriller Homeland (season one), and the BAFTA TV-winning Danish political drama Borgen.
Sean Bean secured the evening's best actor (male) award for his turn in Accused II while his co-star Olivia Coleman picked up the best actor (female) nod for her turn in the drama.
Bean emerged ahead of the challenges of Lennie James (Line of Duty) and Oliver Lansley (Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story) while Coleman saw off Anne Marie Duff, who also worked in Accused II, and Sheridan Smith for her turn in Mrs Biggs.
Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the detective and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Doctor Watson, saw off stiff competition from Call the Midwife and Line of Duty to secure the evening's best drama series gong.
Good Cop, another show for the BBC, won the best drama serial plaudit, beating the ratings-winner Parade's End and Room At The Top to the podium.
This year's RTS best entertainment nod went to Celebrity Juice for ITV 2, beating Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent for commercial web ITV and Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Series 2), which airs on UKTV, the Entertainment, the multi-channel operator owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive.
Held annually, the RTS program awards aim to recognize the work of exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as celebrating the programs themselves.
Dished out at a black-tie event in central London Tuesday evening, one of the night's earliest prizes went to presenter Clare Balding for her work hosting the BBC's coverage of the London Olympics 2012, with the sporting jamboree winning the evening's live-event RTS crown, seeing off the London Paralympics 2012 and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert programming.
This year's shindig was hosted by comedian, writer and actress Jo Brand.
In one of the evening's surprises Long Long Family (season 2) secured the popular factual and features award, rising above the ratings and critical hit The Great British Bake Off and the controversial northern town factual show Make Bradford British.
In total, programming on the BBC walked off with 18 of the 25 awards on offer.
The RTS is the oldest TV society in the world and is chaired by David Liddiment.
Two judges awards were dished out also, one for Channel 4's coverage of the London Paraylmpics 2012 and one to Danny Boyle, for masterminding the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Olivia Colman - Accused II RSJ Films for BBC One
Sean Bean- Accused II RSJ Films for BBC One
Lucian Freud: Painted Life Blakeway for BBC Two
Wolfblood CBBC Productions for CBBC
Room on the Broom Magic Lights Pictures for BBC Two
Jessica Hynes- Twenty Twelve (Series 2) BBC Productions for BBC Two
Remembrance Week Fever Media for BBC One
Protecting Our Children BBC Productions for BBC Two
Good Cop BBC Productions for BBC One
Sherlock Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One
CelebrityJuice Talkback Production Company for ITV2
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! ITV Studios for ITV
The Secret History of Our Streets Century Films and Halcyons for BBC Two
Girls HBO for Sky Atlantic HD
Olympics 2012 BBC Productions for BBC
Nations and Regions Program
The Bank Of Dave (Episode 1) Finestripe Productions for Channel 4
Popular Factual and Features
Long Lost Family(Series 2) Wall to Wall Media for ITV
Clare Balding- The Olympics BBC Productions for BBC
Science and Natural History
Operation Iceberg BBC Productions for BBC Two
Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of my Life Baby Cow for Sky Atlantic HD
7/7: One Day in London Minnow Films for BBC Two
The Hollow Crown: Richard II Neal Street Productions for BBC Two
Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street ITV Studios for ITV
Writer – Comedy
Writing Team - The Thick of It (Series 4) BBC Productions for BBC Two
Writer – Drama
Steven Moffat- Sherlock Hartswood Films for BBC Wales in co-production with Masterpiece for BBC One