Channel 4 drama Shameless has won three Royal Television Society Awards, including outstanding contribution to TV drama for its creator Paul Abbott.
Paul Abbott's creation Shameless won best drama
But the stars of Little Britain, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, lost in the best comedy performance category to the Green Wing's Tamsin Greig.
Coronation Street won best soap award, beating arch-rivals EastEnders.
And BBC's Strictly Come Dancing beat Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway to win best entertainment programme.
'No axe to grind'
However, the pair scooped the award for best entertainment performance, seeing off chat show host Jonathan Ross and illusionist Derren Brown at the ceremony, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
Paul O'Grady won best daytime programme, and praised his teatime rivals Richard and Judy, who were not even shortlisted for an award.
"I'm in shock. I've got no axe to grind against Richard and Judy, but they can say what they like about me. They're the bosses," said O'Grady, best known for his female alter ego Lily Savage.
It was a good night for the BBC, with comedy star Catherine Tate winning best newcomer for The Catherine Tate Show, while BBC Three's Nighty Night was successful in the best situation comedy category.
The programme's creator Julia Davis also collected the award for best comedy writer.
In all, the BBC won 11 awards, followed by nine for Channel 4, six for ITV and one award for Five.
Shameless was also named best drama, while Paul Abbott was named best writer for his work on the programme.
Anamaria Marinca won best actress for her role in Sex Traffic
Abbott, whose other credits include Clocking Off, Cracker and Coronation Street, said his special award left him "absolutely speechless".
He said that he had tried to write Shameless a decade ago, but it was a "maudlin mess".
"It's the kind of thing where you give an embarrassed speech, but I really haven't got one. I'm just so proud," he added.
Other award winners included Michael Palin, as best presenter for his BBC series Himalaya, while Channel 4's Supernanny was named best factual programme.