“National Treasure” won two Royal Television Society Awards on Tuesday, including Best Miniseries and Best Actor for Robbie Coltrane who played a comedian accused of sexual assault. The four-parter aired in Channel 4 in the UK last year and is now streaming on Hulu. Julie Walter had contended for Best Actress for her performance as the steadfast wife whose loyalty is tested as the allegations against her husband mount. While she lost that race to Sophie Okonedo (“Undercover”), she was feted with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony. (See the full list of winners.)
Also in the running for the miniseries prize were “London Spy,” which contended at last year’s Emmys and “Thirteen.” The latter starred Jodie Comer who also vied for Best Actress. Coltrane bested Adeel Akhtar (“Murdered By My Father”) and James Nesbitt (“The Secret”).
“Murdered By My Father” was named Best Single Drama over “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Reg.” And “Happy Valley” claimed Best Drama Series over another police procedural, “Line of Duty,” as well as the period piece “The Durrells.”
“Catastrophe” stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney reaped bids for both Scripted Comedy and Comedy Performance but lost those races to “People Just Do Nothing” and its writer/star Asim Chaudhry respectively. The series race was rounded out by “The Windsors” while the performance prize nominees also included Steve Coogan (“Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle”). And Horgan lost her bid for writing on the laffer “Motherland” to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for “Fleabag.” That talented multi-hyphenate also won the breakthrough personality prize for the freshman season of this comedy that aired on BBC3 and streamed stateside on Amazon.
The ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 21 and was hosted by Sandi Toksvig. It was to be emceed by Piers Morgan but he bowed out after a petition was circulated calling for him to do so.
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