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Sean Bean cross-dressing role lands Royal Television Society prize

The Accused, Sean Bean

Story by Jack Foley

SEAN Bean has been named best actor for his performance as a cross-dressing teacher in BBC drama Accused at this year’s Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

The actor was not present to collect his award, which also saw his co-star Olivia Colman recognised for her work on the BBC courtroom drama, beating fellow cast member Anne-Marie Duff to the best actress prize.

BBC drama Sherlock also picked up two prizes, for best drama series and best drama writer.

While filmmaker Danny Boyle was recognised for directing the opening ceremony to the London 2012 Olympics games, an event described by the panel as “the most surprising, dazzling, original night of television” seen last year.

Like Bean, Boyle was unable to attend in person as he was at the UK premiere of his latest film, Trance.

Further Olympics nods went to the BBC’s overall coverage of the event, which picked up the Royal Television Society’s live event prize, and to David Gordon, who oversaw the corporation’s games coverage. He receiveda lifetime achievement award.

And Clare Balding was named best presenter for her “joyful, effortless and commanding” work on London 2012, and for Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics.

Olympics-themed sitcom Twenty Twelve also saw Jessica Hynes recognised for her comedy performance.

Ant and Dec added to their own ever-expanding list of honours by being named joint winners of the entertainment performance award for their work on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

And Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge special Welcome to the Places of my Life won best scripted comedy.

The awards, which were founded in 1927 and which also honoured history, arts, science and children’s programming, were presented at a central London ceremony hosted by comedian Jo Brand.

Winners at a glance

Actor (Female)
Olivia Colman – Accused II

Actor (Male)
Sean Bean – Accused II

Lucian Freud: Painted Life

Children’s Drama
Wolfblood (CBBC Productions)

Children’s Program
Room on the Broom

Comedy Performance
Jessica Hynes – Twenty Twelve (Series 2)

Daytime Programme
Remembrance Week

Documentary Series
Protecting Our Children

Drama Serial
Good Cop (BBC Productions)

Drama Series


Entertainment Performance
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The Secret History of Our Streets

Girls (HBO)

Live Event
Olympics 2012 BBC Productions for BBC

Nations and Regions Program
The Bank Of Dave (Episode 1)

Popular Factual and Features
Long Lost Family(Series 2)

Clare Balding – The Olympics (BBC Productions)

Science and Natural History
Operation Iceberg

Scripted Comedy
Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of my Life

Single Documentary
7/7: One Day in London

Single Drama
The Hollow Crown: Richard II

Soap and Continuing Drama
Coronation Street

Writer – Comedy
Writing Team – The Thick of It

Writer – Drama
Steven Moffat – Sherlock