Ant and Dec triumph at RTS Awards 2011
Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly picked up the gong for best Entertainment Performance at the Royal Television Society Awards 2011 last night (15.03.11)
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were winners at the Royal Television Society Awards 2011 last night (15.03.11).
The duo beat Graham Norton and Charlie Brooker to pick up the gong for best Entertainment Performance at the ceremony which was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
Ant and Dec, whose success follows them receiving the Most Popular Entertainment Presenter award at the National Television Awards in January, said although they were thrilled to win they were exhausted because they 'gate crashed' as many television and radio stations as they could the night before (14.03.11) to raise money for Comic Relief.
Dec told BANG Showbiz: "We're exhausted today to be honest because of the Comic Relief event yesterday. We visited almost 40 TV and radio stations yesterday and broadcasted to 40 million viewers and listeners.
"It was a full, long evening so we're a bit tired. Hopefully, it will be a nice relaxing one tonight. "
Ant added: "It's always nice to win but we came here last year and went home empty handed and still had a thoroughly nice time."
Professor Brian Cox was also celebrating after unexpectedly beating Piers Morgan in the Presenter category for his work on 'Wonders of the Solar System'.
He described his win as a "shock", especially as he doesn't consider himself a TV personality and also because he was up against Piers, whose work he says is opposite of his own.
The brainy star said: "I don't even see myself as a presenter. I'm just an academic who makes TV programmes. It was a real shock because I've just started in this business.
"Being nominated alongside Piers Morgan is kind of like a clash of genres. He's a chat show host and I'm at the science end on BBC Two. It's an interesting juxtaposition."
Funnywoman Miranda Hart also enjoyed a successful night, winning both the Scripted Comedy and Comedy Performance awards for her show 'Miranda'.
Other programmes to pick up awards were ITV1's 'The X Factor' in the Entertainment category, BBC1's 'Eastenders' for Soap and Continuing Drama and 'Sherlock' for Drama Series.
Full list of winners at the Royal Television Society Awards 2011:
Entertainment: 'The X Factor'
Scripted Comedy: 'Miranda'
Arts: 'Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art'
History: 'The Secret Life of the National Grid'
Science and Natural History: 'Wonders of the Solar System'
Single Documentary: 'Between Life and Death'
Documentary Series: 'Welcome to Lagos'
Features and Lifestyle Series: 'Pineapple Dance Studios'
Nations and Regions Programme: 'Breaking the Silence'
Children's Programme: 'Horrible Histories'
Children's Drama: 'Sarah Jane Adventures'
International Award: 'True Stories: The Cove'
Daytime and Early-Peak Programme: 'The Indian Doctor'
Soap and Continuing Drama: 'Eastenders'
Presenter: Professor Brian Cox - 'Wonders of the Solar System'
Actor (Male): Jim Broadbent - 'Any Human Heart'
Actor (Female): Vicky McClure - 'This is England '86'
Single Drama: 'The Road to Coronation Street'
Drama Series: 'Sherlock'
Serial Drama: 'Five Daughters'
Writer - Drama: Jack Thorne and Shane Meadows - 'This is England '86'
Writer- Comedy: Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan - 'Getting On
Entertainment Performance: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - 'I'm a Celebrity.Get Me Out of Here!' / 'Britain's Got Talent
Comedy Performance: Miranda Hart - 'Miranda'
Judges' Award: Steven Moffat
Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Bennett-Jones