'Thick' takes top Broadcasting Press honors

Sky Arts, industry vet Terry Wogan also earn awards

LONDON -- BBC2's biting political satire "The Thick of It" earned top honors at the 36th annual Broadcasting Press Awards, including best actor for Peter Capaldi, who plays the foul-mouthed scheming government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker. Writer Armando Iannucci and his team earned a writers award, and the series was also named best comedy entertainment show.

The awards, which are voted on by over 100 journalists specializing in television, radio and broadcasting, will be handed out Friday at a gala luncheon at the Theater Royal on London's Drury Lane.

Maxine Peake won the best actress award for her roles in BBC1 shows "The Street" and "Criminal Justice."

Sky Arts, the digital arts and performance channel that last year broadcast the Gabriel Byrne drama "In Treatment," earned the multichannel award and the innovation award for its pioneering work showcasing contemporary and classical theater, ballet, opera and exhibitions.

British television and radio veteran Terry Wogan, who stepped down from his Radio 2 breakfast show "Wake Up to Wogan" in December, will receive the Harvey Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, for his career on radio and TV.