‘The X Factor’ wins with RTS despite BBC domination of awards

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.

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