'Prime' time: Mirren takes RTS nod


LONDON -- Helen Mirren added another gong to her already overstuffed awards cabinet Tuesday night, winning the best actress award for her performance in ITV's "Prime Suspect" at the Royal Television Society television awards.

Mirren was recognized for performance as embattled female cop Jane Tennison in the final season of the show, which sees her character battling alcoholism and struggling to protect her collapsing career.

Michael Sheen's performance as comic legend Kenneth Williams in BBC4's "Fantabulosa" earned him the best actor award while writer-comedian Stephen Merchant won best comedy performance for "Extras." West End audition show "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" was named best entertainment show for BBC1 while More 4's "Death of a President" was voted best digital program.

ITV's wartime biopic "Housewife 49" was named best single drama and ITV2's HBO-produced "Entourage" was voted best acquisition. "The Queen" screenwriter Peter Morgan was named best writer for Channel 4 drama "Longford."

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