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Forsyth 'has no retirement plans'

Bruce Forsyth
Forsyth dismissed the idea he may rein in his presenting duties

Bruce Forsyth said he had no plans to retire as he picked up a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Television Society (RTS) in London.

"Even though I'm 81, when I walk on to a studio floor I feel 30," the veteran entertainer said.

He added that he was still happy to continue hosting Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC took home the most honours at the RTS programme awards, winning 14 out of the 25 awards, including best soap for EastEnders.

Collecting his award, Forsyth dismissed the idea that he may rein in his presenting duties.

"People have been asking if I'm going to retire for the last 10 or 15 years," he said.

"It's getting to be an old question - I'm nearly as old as the question!

"I'll know when I've had enough and probably the audience will know when I've had enough as well. When it happens, I'm ready for it.

"I still love show business, I still love to get out there," he added.

'Irrepressible energy'

The RTS judges said of the star: "Thanks to legendary catchphrases, one or two glamorous assistants and an irrepressible energy to delight whatever audience he's put in front of, he is one of the few stars every generation of a British family will know and love."

Other winners on the night included Channel 4 period drama The Devil's Whore, which collected three awards, including best actress for Andrea Riseborough.

Ben Wishaw took home the prize for best actor for his performance in BBC One's Criminal Justice, while the channel also picked up the scripted comedy honour for Outnumbered and the science and natural history prize for Lost Land of the Jaguar.

Bruce Parry also won the award for best presenter for BBC Two's Amazon with Bruce Parry.

Harry Hill's TV Burp scored a surprise win in the entertainment category, beating Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor.

The judges called the show "great comedy entertainment that began as 'alternative' and is now a winner slap bang in the middle of primetime".

How to Look Good Naked won the features and lifestyle series prize, with Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins taking home the award for best entertainment performance for the Sunday Night Project.

Peter Kay took the comedy performance prize for his send-up of reality TV Britain's Got The Pop Factor (And Possibly The Next Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice).

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