“The Cove,” the eco-activist documentary highlighting the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, beat “Mad Men” to win the international prize at the Royal Television Society’s annual program awards Tuesday.
Broadcast by upscale digital web More4 in the U.K., “The Cove” also defeated Sony Pictures Television’s drama “Justified.”
The entertainment award was clinched by ITV’s “The X Factor,” which beat Endemol’s “The Million Pound Drop” and Objective Prods.’ “The Cube,” in what was otherwise a night of triumph for the BBC.
The pubcaster pocketed 16 out of the 24 program awards given at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
BBC rising stars, science presenter Brian Cox and comedienne Miranda Hart, collected two awards apiece.
Cox won for his docu series “Wonders of the Solar System” in the science and natural history category, and was voted presenter of the year, eclipsing Piers Morgan, whose U.K. chatshow, “Life Stories,” was nominated.
Hart took the scripted comedy award for her sitcom “Miranda,” in addition to the comedy perf prize.
Jim Broadbent collected the prize in the male actor category for his role in Channel 4 miniseries “Any Human Heart,” based on William Boyd’s novel.
Vicky McClure won the female actor award for her perf in edgy drama “This Is England ’86,” produced by Warp Film for Channel 4.
The BBC’s reinvention of Sherlock Holmes, “Sherlock,” produced by Hartswood Films, was voted best drama series, leaving ITV’s ratings hit “Downton Abbey” out in the cold. Steven Moffat, one of the team behind “Sherlock,” was given the judges’ award.
The lifetime achievement award went to Peter Bennett-Jones, who recently stepped down as chairman of comedy and drama specialist Tiger Aspect, which he founded more than 20 years ago.