Published Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman won the best actress prize. (© Getty)
For the second year running Olivia Colman was awarded the best actress prize for her portrayal of DS Ellie Miller in the murder mystery series, as well as for her role as mum Carol in Channel 4 series Run.
Taking to the stage to accept the accolade without her shoes, she told guests: "I kicked them off under the table and forgot to put them back on."
Broadchurch, which is set to return to UTV for a second series, also won best drama serial.
Idris Elba took the best actor prize for his performance in BBC1 detective series Luther.
Fantasy drama Game of Thrones, which is partly filmed in Northern Ireland, won the best international prize.
Coronation Street was awarded the best soap prize, while broadcaster Stephen Fry was named the presenter of the year.
Fry was awarded the prize for the documentary programme which left him at such a low ebb that it prompted a suicide attempt
His BBC2 programmes, Stephen Fry: Out There, saw him travelling to countries such as India, Russia and the US to look at homophobia and the treatment of their gay communities.
But the realities of meeting people with such entrenched anti-gay views prompted a wave of depression which led to what he has called a "mad compulsion" to end his life.
He told guests at the event: "In the time we made this programme Out There I met some of the most horrific, evil people I have ever imagined could have possibly existed on the face of the earth; I also met some of the most heroic, brave, stalwart people I also have ever met.
"Winston Churchill once said you judge a civilisation by the way it treats its prisoners - I think you can judge a civilisation by the way it treats its minorities."
Fry thanked the team who accompanied him on his travels and said: "They saw me at my lowest and my worst and my happiest but we believed in what we were making and we thank the Royal Television Society from the bottom of our hearts."
Veteran actor David Suchet was honoured with the lifetime achievement award in recognition of his quarter of a century portraying Hercule Poirot, although he was unable to attend the event after feeling unwell before the ceremony.
RTS Award winners:
Actress: Olivia Colman - Broadchurch/Run
Actor: Idris Elba - Luther
Comedy Performance: Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Brown's Boys
Daytime: Four Rooms
Documentary Series: Educating Yorkshire
Drama Serial: Broadchurch
Drama Series: Peaky Blinders
Entertainment: The Last Leg
Entertainment Performance: Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man
International: Game Of Thrones
Popular, Factual and Features: Gogglebox
Presenter: Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry: Out There
Soap and Continuing Drama: Coronation Street
Lifetime Achievement: David Suchet
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