David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Top Gear Win RTS Awards

The stars of That Mitchell and Webb Look, comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb, have won a shared Royal Television Society award for Best Comedy Performance. The honor was for their edgy work in the series Peep Show. The society presented this statement in the announcement of their award: “The winners have grown into television’s most consummate comedy performers. Their characters are beautifully drawn and the two performers play brilliantly off each other.” Not gonna argue with that: you only need to watch That Mitchell and Webb Look to see how intuitively they work together.

The award for Best Features and Lifestyle Series went to Top Gear. The RTS said, “This series has continually reinvented itself, and the three presenters really are Three Men in a Boat for the 21st Century.”

Here’s a partial list of winners:

SITUATION COMEDY AND COMEDY DRAMA: The Mighty Boosh (Baby Cow for BBC Three)

SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA: The Bill (A talkbackTHAMES Production for ITV )

FEATURES AND LIFESTYLE SERIES: Top Gear (BBC Entertainment for BBC Two)

INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Flight Of The Conchords (Acquired from HBO for BBC Four)

SINGLE DRAMA: Stuart: A Life Backwards (Neal Street Productions for BBC/HBO for BBC Two)

DRAMA SERIES: The Street (A Granada Production for BBC One)

ACTOR – MALE: Matthew Macfadyen – Secret Life (A Kudos Production for Channel 4)

ACTOR – FEMALE: Sally Hawkins – Persuasion (Clerkenwell Films for ITV)

WRITER – DRAMA: Heidi Thomas – Cranford (BBC Drama Production/WGBH Boston in association with Chestermead for BBC One)

WRITER – COMEDY: Graham Linehan – The I.T. Crowd (A talkbackTHAMES Production for Channel 4)

COMEDY PERFORMANCE: David Mitchell and Robert Webb – Peep Show (An Objective Production for Channel 4)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sir David Attenborough

For the full list, click here.

In other news:

  • Actor Paul Scofield, Oscar winner for A Man For All Seasons, has died at age 86.(Greencine)
  • Veteran British TV actor Brian Wilde (Last of the Summer Wine, Porridge) has died at 80.(BBC)
  • Legendary actor Sir John Gielgud, who died in 2000, was a…toilet trader? Of course, he was – wasn’t everyone back in those days? However, in 1953, the actor was arrested when an undercover police officer targeted him in a public restroom. The humiliating outing nearly killed his career.(Daily Mail)
  • A Lindsay Lohan/Calum Best sex video is allegedly making the rounds on the Web. Best is the son of the late footballer George Best(The Sun)
  • 5 minutes in heaven with Pussy Galore.(The Independent)
  • Ricky Gervais‘ directorial debut will feature Tina Fey.(Contact Music)
  • Billie Piper reveals her Foxy tattoo.(Daily Mail)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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