'Small Island' takes top RTS prize

BBC1 leads field at the awards ceremony

LONDON -- BBC1's 1950s Jamaican immigrant drama "Small Island" took top billing at the Royal Television Society program awards Tuesday night, earning Naomie Harris and David Oyelowo best actress and actor nods.

The TV film, in which a Jamaican couple adopt the illegitimate child of an English woman and her West Indian lover, also starred Benedict Cumberbatch and was based on the novel by Andrea Levy.

The BBC1 lead the field with nine awards, including best drama series for "The Street." BBC2 and BBC4 took home four awards, Channel 4 three awards, ITV earned two awards and E4 one award.

"Mad Men" won the best international award, beating competition from "Damages" and "Generation Kill." Armando Ianucci's acerbic BBC2 political comedy "The Thick of It" was named best scripted comedy, while BBC4's "Newswipe With Charlie Brooker" was the surprise winner in the best entertainment category, voted ahead of blockbuster ratings juggernauts "Britain's Got Talent," and The X Factor."

ITV Studios format "Come Dine With Me" earned Channel 4 the best daytime/early evening program, while "Famous Rich and Homeless" was named best constructed factual series.

Best comedy writer award went to Iain Morris and Damon Beesley for E4 comedy series "The Inbetweeners," while "Harry Hill's TV Burp" was named best entertainment performance. BBC1 longtime soap "East Enders" was named best continuing drama. While Louis Theroux won the best presenter award for "A Place for Paedophiles," beating "Top Gear" host James May and Piers Morgan.
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