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Wednesday, 21 March, 2001, 00:59 GMT
Royal honour for TV's first family
Graham Norton
Graham Norton won the best presenter award
BBC One sitcom The Royle Family has won the award for the best comedy drama at the prestigious Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

The programme beat off competition from fellow BBC show One Foot In The Grave and ITV's Cold Feet to scoop the prize at the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Gaby Roslin and Davina McCall
Television presenters Gaby Roslin and Davina McCall
TV comic Graham Norton won the battle of the presenters, beating Big Brother host Davina McCall and game show presenter Chris Tarrant.

But the disappointment was short-lived for McCall, with Big Brother winning the team award and the Best Prime Time Feature Award.

"I thought they deserved it - it's the best production team I have ever come across," she said.


She said she was not disappointed to miss out on the presenter award, adding that her Big Brother team were "nearly in tears" when she did not win the honour.

Comic character Ali G scooped the entertainment award, beating fellow Channel Four show Trigger Happy TV and ITV's The Frank Skinner Show.

Jules and Jamie Oliver
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver lost out in the prime time category
Spoof TV was also celebrating after comedian Rob Bryden scooped an award for his performances in comedy show BBC Two show Marion And Geoff.

The gritty BBC One drama series, Clocking Off, won Best Drama Series and its writer Paul Abbot also won an award.

Best actor went to Steven Mackintosh for his part in the BBC drama, Care, and Katy Murphy won Best Actress for her role in Donovan Quick, also by the BBC.

Presenters Ant and Dec were also celebrating after their Saturday morning kids show SM:TV Live scooped the children's entertainment award. BBC One's Blue Peter won Best Children's Factual.

Other winners

  • Best Single Drama: Storm Damage (BBC Two)

  • Best Drama Serial:- Nature Boy (BBC Two)
  • Best Network Newcomer - Behind the Screen: Liza Marshall (Producer for The Sins for BBC One)
  • Best Network Newcomer - On Screen: Rob Brydon (BBC Two)
  • Best Television Performance: Julia Davis (for Human Remains, BBC Two)
  • Television Performance: Julia Davis (for Human Remains, BBC Two)
  • Regional Programme: New Found Land: I Saw You (Scottish Television)
  • Regional Documentary: Spotlight - Capitol Hill (BBC Northern Ireland)
  • Regional Presenter: Stephen Jardine (Scottish Television)
  • Childrens' Drama: My Parents Are Aliens (ITV)
  • Documentary Series: 15 (Channel Four)
  • Documentary Strand: Correspondent (BBC)
  • Single Documentary: 100% White - True Stories (Channel Four)
  • Features - Daytime: Watercolour Challenge (Channel Four)
  • Art: Arena - Wisconsin Death Trip (BBC Two)
  • Cyril Bennett Award: John Willis
    The BBC's Rebecca Couper
    "It was always going to be a good night for the corporation...and [it] came away with 14 out of a possible 27"
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