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Dominic West and Emily Watson win RTS Awards

Appropriate Adult

Story by Jack Foley

DOMINIC West and Emily Watson have won Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards for their performances in ITV1’s Appropriate Adult.

The pair were crowned best male and female actor and actress for their roles in the drama about serial killer Fred West.

West, who beat Daniel Rigby and John Simm for the their roles in Morecambe and Wise biopic Eric & Ernie and thriller Exile respectively was deemed by the judged to have “shockingly, wittily and superbly captured the most horrific characteristic of a serial killer: his terrifying charm”.

Watson, meanwhile, was praised for her “incredibly skilled and extraordinary portrayal of an ordinary woman by an actor at the height of her powers”. She played Janet Leach, who sat in with West during his police interviews, in the series.

She beat This Is England ’88 star Vicky McClure and Ruth Negga, who played Shirley Bassey in BBC drama Shirley.

Other top awards went to BBC One’s Luther, which was named best drama series, while Coronation Street took best soap and continuing drama.

Channel 4 won the most awards at the ceremony with 10, including two for its new comedy Fresh Meat, which picked up best scripted comedy and best comedy writer for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.

The channel also won best drama serial for Top Boy, the popular factual and features prize for Hugh’s Big Fish Fight and the best daytime programme for Deal Or No Deal Live.

Special prizes were given out to ITV director of drama Laura Mackie, while veteran producer Beryl Vertue, whose credits include Sherlock and Men Behaving Badly, won the lifetime achievement award.

Award winners at a glance:

Actor (Female)
Vicky McClure – This Is England ’88 (Channel 4)
Ruth Negga – Shirley (BBC Two)
Emily Watson – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)

Actor (Male)
Daniel Rigby – Eric & Ernie (BBC Two)
John Simm – Exile (BBC One)
Dominic West – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)

Arena: Produced by George Martin (BBC Two)
Graffiti Wars (Channel 4)
The Impressionists (BBC Two)

Children’s Drama
The Sarah Jane Adventures (series five) (CBBC)
Tracy Beaker (CBBC)

Children’s Programme
Horrible Histories (series three) (CBBC)
Newsround – My Autism & Me (CBBC)
The Amazing World of Gumball – The Quest (Cartoon Network)

Comedy Performance
Darren Boyd – Spy (Sky1)
Tom Hollander – Rev (BBC Two)
Russell Tovey & Sarah Solemani – Him & Her (BBC Three)

Daytime Programme
Antiques Road Trip (BBC Two)
Deal Or No Deal Live (Channel 4)
Operation Hospital Food with James Martin (BBC One)

Documentary Series
24 Hours In A&E (Channel 4)
Educating Essex (Channel 4)
Fighting On The Frontline (Channel 4)

Drama Serial
The Crimson Petal & The White (BBC Two)
The Promise (Channel 4)
Top Boy (Channel 4)

Drama Series
Luther (BBC One)
Scott and Bailey (ITV1)
The Fades (BBC Three)

Derren Brown – The Experiments (Channel 4)
Million Pound Drop (Channel 4)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)

Entertainment Performance
James Corden – A League of Their Own (Sky1)
Keith Lemon – Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here; Red Or Black; Push The Button; Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1)

The Life Of Muhammed (BBC Two)
If Walls Could Talk – The History Of The Home (BBC Four)
Dambusters: Building The Bouncing Bomb (Channel 4)

International Award
Modern Family (Sky1)
The Killing (BBC Four)
The Slap (BBC Four)

Nations And Regions Programme
Frankenstein’s Wedding… Live in Leeds (BBC Three)
The Scheme (BBC One)
Wil a Cêt (S4C)

Popular Factual And Features
An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)
Hugh’s Big Fish Fight (Channel 4)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – Hugh’s Big Fish Fight (Channel 4)
Gareth Malone – The Choir: Military Wives (BBC Two)
Karl Pilkington – An Idiot Abroad (Sky1)

Science & Natural History
Frozen Planet (BBC One)
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret (Channel 4)
Stargazing Live (BBC Two)

Scripted Comedy
Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Phoneshop (E4)
Rev. (BBC Two)

Single Documentary
Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die (BBC Two)
The Life And Loss of Karen Woo (ITV1)
True Stories: Hell And Back Again (More4)

Single Drama
Eric & Ernie (BBC Two)
Random (Channel 4)
United (BBC Two)

Soap And Continuing Drama
Coronation Street (ITV1)
EastEnders (BBC One)
Emmerdale (ITV1)

Writer – Comedy
Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong – Fresh Meat (Channel 4)
Robert Popper – Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4)
James Wood & Tom Hollander – Rev. (BBC Two)

Writer – Drama
Peter Bowker – Eric & Ernie (BBC Two)
Neil McKay – Appropriate Adult (ITV1)
Steven Moffat – Doctor Who (BBC One)