Benedict Cumberbatch has won the first ever Radio Times TV Detective Award at this year’s National Television Awards, for his performance as BBC1’s Sherlock.
A vast array of talent jostled for the title in a category that pitted David Tennant against his Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman, along with Luther’s Idris Elba, Scott & Bailey’s Suranne Jones and Law & Order UK’s Bradley Walsh.
But Cumberbatch’s consulting detective proved the fan favourite in the viewer-voted award, following a triumphant return in January which saw Sherlock become the most watched BBC drama series of the last decade.
Cumberbatch accepted the award via live satellite video link and caused much amusement when the camera panned down to reveal that the bottom half of his dinner suit was in fact a pair of board shorts.
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