BBC triumphs at Royal TV Society awards

Pubcaster scoops 14 gongs at annual RTS awards

LONDON -- The BBC swept the board at the Royal Television Society awards Tuesday night, taking 14 trophies including best soap for "EastEnders" and best documentary for "The Fallen."

"Mad Men," the AMC show airing here on digital channel BBC4, was named best international program.

Channel 4's "The Devil's Whore," a Company Pictures/Power production, also proved a winner, earning best drama series award and netting rising star Andrea Riseborough a best actress nod for her portrayal of a woman caught up in the political revolution of the English Civil War. The lavish drama also earned scribe Peter Flannery a best writer prize.

The gong for best actor went to Ben Wishaw for his role in BBC1's "Criminal Justice."

"Harry Hill's TV Burp" was the surprise winner in the hotly contested entertainment category, with the satirical show winning over entertainment juggernauts "Strictly Come Dancing" and "X Factor."

"Dancing," the U.K.'s equivalent of ABC show "Dancing With the Stars," earned veteran entertainment presenter Bruce Forsyth the lifetime achievement award.

BBC1's "Outnumbered," from Hat Trick Prods., was named best scripted comedy, while Objective Prods.' "Peep Show" for Channel 4 saw writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong receive the comedy writer award.

Maverick Prods.' "How To Look Good Naked" for Channel 4 won best lifestyle series, while Bruce Parry was named best presenter for "Amazon."

Hosted by Rory Bremner, the awards were held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.