Olivia Colman collects her RTS best actress award shoeless

Olivia Colman took to the stage minus her shoes as she accepted her honour for best actress at the Royal Television Society Awards.

The popular star picked up the title for the second year running for her role in Broadchurch with judges calling her 'an actor at the top of her game'.

Taking to the stage shoeless, she said: "I kicked them off under the table and forgot to put them back on."

Broadchurch won a second prize at the London event hosted by comic Tim Vine, landing the best drama serial award.

Idris Elba took the best actor prize for his performance in BBC One detective series Luther.

Other winners included ITV's Corornation Street, which took the prize for best soap and Stephen Fry who was named best presenter for his series Stephen Fry: Out There, in which he travelled to a number of countries to examine how they treated their gay communities.

The broadcaster famously made an attempt on his own life as he made the series. He paraphrased Winston Churchill to tell guests at the ceremony: "I think you can judge a civilisation by the way it treats its minorities."

Channel 4 was the biggest winner of the night sharing in nine awards, including the best documentary series prize, which went to Educating Yorkshire. Maths teacher Michael Steer from the show blasted Education Secretary Michael Gove as he collected the award.

Outgoing BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow was given the 'judges' award' for her achievements with the channel.

Veteran actor David Suchet was honoured with the lifetime achievement award in recognition of his quarter of a century portraying Hercule Poirot. The star was unable to attend the event due to feeling unwell before the ceremony.

The winners of the RTS Programme Awards were:


Olivia Colman - Broadchurch (ITV)/Run (Channel 4)


Idris Elba - Luther (BBC One)


Imagine...Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures (BBC One)

Children's Fiction

Dumping Ground (CBBC)

Children's Programme

Hard Times - A Newsround Special (CBBC)

Comedy Performance

Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Brown's Boys (BBC One)


Four Rooms (Channel 4)

Documentary Series

Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)

Drama Serial

Broadchurch (ITV)

Drama Series

Peaky Blinders (BBC Two)


The Last Leg (Channel 4)

Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)


Richard III: King In The Car Park (Channel 4)


Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)

Live Event

The Ashes - 2013 (Sky Sports)

Popular, Factual and Features

Gogglebox (Channel 4)


Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC Two)

Science and Natural History

Africa (BBC One)

Scripted Comedy


Single Documentary

The Murder Trial (Channel 4)

Single Drama

The Challenger (BBC Two)

Soap and Continuing Drama

Coronation Street (ITV)

Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit

Gary Neville - Sky Sports (Sky Sports)

Sports Programme

World Athletics - Mo Farah's Double Gold Win (BBC One)

Comedy Writer

James Corden, Mathew Baynton and Tom Basden - The Wrong Mans (BBC Two)

Drama Writer

Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan - Run (Channel 4)

Judges' Award

Janice Hadlow

Lifetime Achievement

David Suchet


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Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.