Who hasn’t fallen for the charms of Olivia Colman this past year? Besides some terrific acting in Broadchurch, Run, The Thireteenth Tale and much, much more, the 40-year-old actress has given us plenty of goofy moments to obsess over. The latest came at last night’s Royal Television Society Awards when she took to the stage to collect the best actress prize for her portrayal of copper DS Ellie Miller… minus her shoes.
“I kicked them off under the table and forgot to put them back on.” Of course she did.
And hers weren’t the only on-stage antics to leave the audience buzzing. Accepting the gong for best documentary series, Educating Yorkshire maths teacher Mr Steer took full advantage of his moment in the spotlight to lay into the Education Secretary: “On behalf of teachers I’d like to dedicate this award to Michael Gove,” he told the audience, before adding, “and I mean dedicate in the Anglo Saxon sense, which means insert roughly into the anus of.”
Other big winners on the night included Luther’s Idris Elba who took home the best actor award, Brendan O’Caroll who scooped best comedy performance and Stephen Fry who was named best presenter for his series Stephen Fry: Out There which examined how other countries treat gay communities.
Broadchurch was named best drama serial with Peaky Blinders best drama series, while Alan Carr was named best entertainment performance for Chatty Man over hot favourites Ant & Dec.
Channel 4 added to their haul with a win for Gogglebox in the factual and features category, while Game of Thrones took home the international award, Coronation Street claimed soap and continuing drama and ITV2’s Plebs won best scripted comedy.