BBC shines bright at RTS awards

Acting nods to Macfadyen, Hawkins; 'Conchords' soars

LONDON -- The BBC led the field at the Royal Television Society program awards, taking the prize in 15 categories. But the pubcaster missed out on the best actor award, which went to Matthew Macfadyen for his complex portrayal of a pedophile in Channel 4's "A Secret Life," and the best actress gong, which went to newcomer Sally Hawkins for her role in ITV's Jane Austen adaptation "Persuasion."

"Cranford," the BBC's ensemble period drama earned screenwriter Heidi Thomas the drama writer award, while Channel 4's "The IT Crowd" eared the comedy writing nod for Graham Lineman.

BBC2's documentary series "Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain" won best presenter and history series, while the net also took home the entertainment program award for panel show "QI" and best lifestyle show for driving show "Top Gear."

Anarchic comedy "Flight of the Conchords" was named best international show, while Channel 4 drama "Britz," about a British Asian who joins the security services, was named best drama serial. Channel 4 also picked up the single drama award for "Stuart: A Life Backwards," while BBC1's emotionally hard-hitting drama series "The Street" was named best drama series for the second year in a row.

Channel 4 earned the best comedy performance award for "Peep Show," starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, while ITV's comedy series "Harry Hill's TV Burp" won best entertainment performance. BBC3's "The Mighty Boosh" took the best comedy drama gong, while ITV's long-running cop drama "The Bill" took the best soap award.

In the children's categories, "My Life as a Popat -- Evil Granny" was named best drama, and documentary "Serious Andes" was named best program.

Channel 4's "Meet the Natives" was named best formatted documentary while BBC4's quantum physics special "Parallel Worlds" earned best science and natural history.

Fly-on-the wall divorce documentary "You're Not Splitting Up My Family" took the best observational documentary award, while "Come Dine WithMe" was named best daytime show.

BBC4's "The Genius Of Photography" was named best arts program and "Boys Behind Bars" took the regional program prize.