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Fleabag wings big at the Royal Television Society Awards – but no audience or guests are present at the ceremony


Fleabag won big at the RTS Awards (Picture: BBC)

Fleabag was the big winner at last night’s Royal Television Society Awards, taking home the gongs for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Writer for scribe and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Let’s just the say the atmosphere in the awards would have been unique too, since there were no audience or even guests in attendance, thanks to coronavirus.

It was announced last Tuesday that the awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, would instead be live-streamed due to the growing nature of the pandemic.

But never mind the outbreak of a virus, because Fleabag’s almost perfect second series has won yet another prestigious award – this sort of feels like we’re back in the real world again.

Commenting on the win, the RTS said the show was ‘beautifully accomplished, supremely well written and performed.’

Phoebe herself was singled out by the judges, who described her as ‘truly stand-out performance in a brilliantly funny series.’

They added: ‘She confidently commits to the character despite the craziness of the world she inhabits.’

Fleabag’s second and probably final series aired last year
(Picture: BBC)

You can say that again.

There were, of course, a host of other winners at the awards too, Fleabag aside.

Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa picked up the award for Best Male Comedic Performance for his role as Eric, while Derry Girls’ Saoirse-Monica Jackson picked up the same award for a female performance for her role as Erin.

Elsewhere, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was awarded Best Entertainment Show, the Suranne Jones-starring Gentleman Jack won Best Drama Series and Channel 5 was awarded RTS Channel of the Year.



Royal Television Society Awards 2020 – Winners

Best Scripted Comedy – Fleabag
Best Comedy Performance, Female – Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Derry Girls
Best Comedy Performance, Male – Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education
Best Daytime Programme – The Repair Shop
Best Children’s Programme – Zog
Arts Award – Bros After the Screaming Stops
Live Event Award – Stormzy at Glastonbury 2019
Best Presenter – Mobeen Azhar, Hometown: A Killing
Best Sports Presenter, Commentator, Pundit – Alex Scott, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Best Sports Programme – ICC Cricket World Cup Final
Best Formatted Popular Factual – The British Tribe Next Door
Best Single Documentary – War In The Blood
Best Documentary Series – The Choir: Our School By The Tower
History Award – Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain
Science and Natural History Award – The Parkinson’s Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?
Breakthrough Award – Tanya Moodie, Motherland
Best Entertainment Show – RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Best Entertainment Performance – London Hughes, Don’t Hate the Playaz
Best Writer, Comedy – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best Writer, Drama – Craig Mazin, Chernobyl
Best Soap and Continuing Drama – Casualty
Best Single Drama – The Left Behind
Best Drama Series – Gentleman Jack
Best Mini-Series – The Long Song
Best Actor, Male – Stephen Graham, The Virtues
Best Actor, Female – Tamara Lawrance, The Long Song
2020 Judges’ Award – Jane Featherstone, Sister Global
RTS Channel of the Year – Channel 5

You’ll also be happy to know that despite Piers Morgans’ gloats about This Morning being snubbed with a nomination for Best Daytime Show, Good Morning Britain ended up losing to The Repair Shop.

Sorry, hun.

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