‘Sopranos’ don Royal nod

'Supernanny,' 'Nightmares' also win awards

LONDON — “The Sopranos” won the Royal Television Society’s Intl. Award on Tuesday, beating Brazilian series “City of Men” and U.S. reality skein “The Apprentice.”

The judges hailed the HBO show, aired by Channel 4 in the U.K., as “consistently brilliant … This remains one of the great dramas of our age.”

Reality series “Supernanny,” exported to the U.S., picked up an award in the features and factual entertainment category.

BBC2’s critically hailed “The Power of Nightmares,” which argued that George W. Bush and Tony Blair deliberately overstated the threat from Islamic terrorists to coerce their electorates into backing war with Iraq, won documentary series.

Patrick Collerton drew the newcomer award for Emmy-winning doc “The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off,” a Yipp Film for Channel 4.

Screenwriter Paul Abbott pocketed the RTS judges’ award for contribution to TV drama. His latest series, “Shameless,” a black comedy set in blue-collar northern England, also won the honor for drama series and writer. Skein is a Company Pictures production for Channel 4.

Honors in 28 categories covering every genre of TV were presented at the ceremony. TV presenter Kate Thornton hosted the festivities at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

It was a good night for the BBC, which walked away with the most awards.

The BBC’s ballroom dancing show “Strictly Come Dancing” took best entertainment over “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway” (ITV) and “Derren Brown’s Tricks of the Mind” (Channel 4).

But its flagship soap “EastEnders” lost out to “Coronation Street” in the hotly contested soap category.

“Sex Traffic,” Channel 4’s two-part drama about sisters sold into sexual slavery, picked up drama serial award and actress honors for tyro thesp Anamaria Marinca. Skein is a Granada/Canadian Broadcasting Corp. co-production

“Dirty Pretty Love,” a Granada production for ITV, grabbed single drama award.

Gerard McSorley took the actor award for terrorist drama “Omagh,” the Tiger Aspect/Hell’s Kitchen production for Channel 4 based on the 1998 IRA bombing that claimed 31 lives.

“Nighty Night” won sitcom/comedy drama section. Julia Davis picked up the comedy writer award for the show, produced by Baby Cow Prods. for BBC3.

Tiger Aspect’s “Virtual History: Secret Plot to Kill Hitler” won the digital program award for Discovery Channel.

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