The Royal Television Society, which dates back to 1927, feted the industry on Monday night in London with the BBC emerging as the overwhelming winner. Ad-based ITV picked up just two awards. “The X Factor,” which Simon Cowell is bringing to Fox in the fall, won Best Entertainment Program while the ubiquitous Ant & Dec (“Britain’s Got Talent,” “I’m A Celebrity”) were named Best Entertainment Performers.
Another commercial broadcaster, Channel 4, claimed the acting prizes — Jim Broadbent (“Any Human Heart”) and Vicky McClure (“This Is England ’86”) — as well as the drama writing award for the latter.
Emmy hopeful “Downton Abbey” from ITV lost Best Drama Series to the BBC’s “Sherlock,” a modern-day version of the detective stories. And the pubcaster’s “Five Daughters” won Best Drama Serial.
Among the rest of the BBC haul were two awards for Miranda Hart — Best Comedy (“Miranda”) and Best Comedy Performance — as well as Best Comedy Writing for “Getting On.”
The BBC nightime soap “EastEnders” was named Best Continuing Drama over ITV’s “Coronation Street” which commerated its golden anniversary with a spectacular live episode. However, the BBC film “The Road to Coronation Street” did take Best Single Drama.
And Professor Brian Cox was also a double winner as well with “Wonders Of The Solar System” winning Best Science/History Program while the BBC star player edged out Piers Morgan and Reggie Yates for the presenting prize.