'Downton Abbey' Wins at British Press Guild Awards

Downton Abbey - TV Still - 2010
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Costume drama stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville.

ITV1’s Downton Abbey and Channel 4’s Mo have each won two top prizes at the 37th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, voted for by over a hundred journalists who write about TV and radio in the U.K.

Hit period drama Downton, which stars Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville, narrowly beat BBC1's updated Conan Doyle drama Sherlock to be named best drama series of 2010 and its creator Julian Fellowes won the writer’s award. But the star of Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, won the best actor award. Julie Walters was named best actress for her role as Mo Mowlam in Channel 4’s Mo, which was named best single drama.

Radio actor Graham Seed, who for 27 years played Nigel Pargetter in Radio 4 soap The Archers was named radio broadcaster of the year, while physicist Professor Brian Cox won two awards – as best performer in a non-acting roleand for BBC2's  Wonders of the Solar System, which was named best documentary series.

The BPG awards were presented Friday at a lunch at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.