Royal Television Society Programme Awards: Sean Bean wins best actor gong for cross-dressing teacher role

 

Tough screen star Sean Bean's portrayal of a cross-dressing teacher tonight landed him a best actor title at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards - one of two prizes for courtroom drama The Accused.

The actor, who has played numerous gritty roles and made his name in the Napoleonic drama Sharpe, wore a mini-skirt, make-up and a blonde wig for the gripping performance.

Olivia Colman was named best actress at the respected awards bash for her performance in the same BBC1 series.

There was also a double win for BBC1's Sherlock, which was named best drama series and its creator Steven Moffatt was named best drama writer.

And last summer's sporting achievements were recognised with a string of awards. The BBC's coverage of the Olympics was named best live event, while Clare Balding landed the prize for best presenter for her work on London 2012.

Film-maker Danny Boyle picked up one of the two honorary judges' awards for his work on creating the opening ceremony. They paid tribute to the man who "masterminded the most surprising, dazzling, original night of television of the year".

Channel 4's Paralympics coverage took the other judges' award and BBC2's spoof series about preparations for the Olympics, Twenty Twelve, helped Jessica Hynes to the best comedy performance prize.

David Gordon, the BBC supremo who oversaw the corporation's Olympics coverage, was given a lifetime achievement award.

Bean beat Line Of Duty star Lennie James and Oliver Lansley, who played DJ Kenny Everett in the biopic Best Possible Taste, to collect the actor title.

Judges said of his role: "The winner's performance was fresh and intelligent with real heart, and was both accessible and totally convincing."

Ant and Dec took the best entertainment performance prize for a third consecutive year for their role as hosts of ITV's I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, while ITV2's Celebrity Juice was named best entertainment show.

Coronation Street - which this week was rocked by a fireball engulfing the Rovers Return - was named best soap for a second year on the run.

BBC1 crime thriller Good Cop took the best drama serial title, and BBC2's Richard II, part of the Hollow Crown trilogy which starred Ben Whishaw as the King, was best single drama.

The awards were held at London's Grosvenor House in a ceremony hosted by comic Jo Brand.

Full list of winners:

Actress: Olivia Colman - Accused II (BBC1)

Actor: Sean Bean - Accused II (BBC1)

Arts: Lucian Freud - Painted Life (BBC2)

Children's drama: Wolfblood (CBBC)

Children's programme: Room On The Broom (BBC1)

Comedy performance: Jessica Hynes - Twenty Twelve (BBC2)

Daytime programme: Remembrance Week (BBC1)

Documentary series: Protecting Our Children (BBC2)

Drama serial: Good Cop (BBC1)

Drama series: Sherlock (BBC1)

Entertainment: Celebrity Juice (ITV2)

Entertainment performance: Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly - I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)

History: The Secret History Of Our Streets (BBC2)

International: Girls (Sky Atlantic)

Live event: London Olympics 2012 (BBC)

Nations and regions programme: The Bank Of Dave (Channel 4)

Popular factual and features: Long Lost Family (ITV)

Presenter: Clare Balding - The Olympics (BBC)

Science and natural history: Operation Iceberg (BBC2)

Scripted comedy: Alan Partridge: Welcome To The Places Of My Life (Sky Atlantic)

Single documentary: 7/7: One Day In London (BBC2)

Single drama: The Hollow Crown: Richard II (BBC2)

Soap and continuing drama: Coronation Street (ITV)

Writer - Comedy: The Thick Of It (BBC2)

Writer - Drama: Steven Moffat - Sherlock (BBC1)

Judges' award - Channel 4's coverage of the London Paralympics 2012

Judges' award - Danny Boyle

Lifetime achievement award - Dave Gordon (BBC sport)

PA

Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010

GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival

Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan

FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

Arts and Entertainment
Måns Zelmerlöw performing

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Norton was back in the commentating seat for Eurovision 2015

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May on stage

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The light stuff: Britt Robertson and George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland: a World Beyond’
film review
Arts and Entertainment
Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
tv reviewNot quite, but it's an enlightening finale for Don Draper spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

Radio
Arts and Entertainment

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
'Youth' cast members Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Caine pose for photographers at Cannes Film Festival
film
Arts and Entertainment
Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

Comics
Arts and Entertainment
I am flute: Azeem Ward and his now-famous instrument
music
Arts and Entertainment
A glass act: Dr Chris van Tulleken (left) and twin Xand get set for their drinking challenge
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
MIA perform at Lovebox 2014 in London Fields, Hackney

music
Arts and Entertainment
Finnish punk band PKN hope to enter Eurovision 2015 and raise awareness for Down's Syndrome

eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
William Shakespeare on the cover of John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

books
Arts and Entertainment

Game of Thrones review
Arts and Entertainment
Grayson Perry dedicates his Essex home to Julie

Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treat

tv
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the original Swedish version of the sci-fi TV drama ‘Real Humans’
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Hugh Keays-Byrne plays Immortan Joe, the terrifying gang leader, in the new film
filmActor who played Toecutter returns - but as a different villain in reboot
Arts and Entertainment
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
film
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

    The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

    How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
    Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

    Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

    'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

    How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

    Art attack

    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
    Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

    Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

    Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
    Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

    'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

    Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
    10 best wedding gift ideas

    It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

    Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
    Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

    Paul Scholes column

    With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
    Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

    Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

    Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
    Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

    Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

    The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
    Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
    Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

    Fifa corruption arrests

    All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
    Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

    The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

    In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

    Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
    Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

    How Stephen Mangan got his range

    Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor