LONDON – Modern Family, the Twentieth Century Fox Television produced comedy, picked up this year’s international nod at the Royal Television Society program awards Tuesday night.
The comedy, which stars Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara and airs in the U.K. on BSkyB’s Sky 1 HD channel, laughed its way to the plaudit ahead of the first series of Danish crime drama The Killing and the Australian drama The Slap.
Dominic West was named best actor for his role in serial killer drama Appropriate Adult, while Emily Watson, walked away with the best actress award for her role opposite West in the same show.
Derren Brown – The Experiments took home the evening’s nod for best entertainment show for Channel 4, beating Million Pound Drop and The Graham Norton Show.
Gareth Malone, about to be seen in cabler USA’s The Choir, secured the best presenter award for The Choir: Military Wives which unspooled here on BBC Two.
And the second season of Luther won the best drama series with Idris Elba’s turn as the edgy police detective noted as “an extraordinary central peformance” to a “smart, stylish and often brutal drama.”
Peter Bowker won best drama writer for his one-off drama about British comedic legends Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise entitled Eric & Ernie while Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, co-writers of comedy show Fresh Meat won the best comedy scribe plaudit.
Legendary television producer Beryl Vertue was awarded the Royal Television Society Lifetime Achievement Award.