Awards ceremonies took place last night for the 2012 awards of comedy website Chortle, and of the Royal Television Society.
At the RTS Programme Awards, held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, 2011 comedic biopic Eric & Ernie, charting the early years of Morecambe & Wise, and Channel 4's comedy drama Fresh Meat, each picked up two prizes.
Meanwhile, comedy website Chortle's annual awards took place at Soho's Cafe De Paris. Winners included Susan Calman, Tim Key and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, whilst producer John Lloyd was given an Outstanding Contribution to Comedy gong.
The full list of comedy-related RTS winners is as follows:
Writer - Comedy
Writer - Drama
The society also gave a Lifetime Achievement Award to producer Beryl Vertue (pictured). Having started as an agent with Associated London Scripts in the 1950s, she worked with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes on films and television series, and with performers, as diverse as Frankie Howerd, Steptoe & Son, The Goon Show, Tony Hancock and Till Death Us Do Part.
She also devised the model of international format sales, and now in her 80s continues to work full-time, producing series and diverse as Sherlock and Men Behaving Badly, Upstairs Downstairs, Coupling, and Carrie & Barry.
Also announced last night were the winners of the Chortle Awards for 2012. The awards, focusing on the stand-up comedy market, are partially awarded by public vote from the judge-defined shortlist as follows (winners emboldened):
Character or Sketch Act
Variety and Music
Kunt & The Gang
New Art Club
Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation
Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah
Jerry Seinfeld's European tour
Mark Thomas: Walking The Wall
Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies
The website also named a series of 'best venues' across the country: The Comedy Store (London, purpose-built); 99 Club, Leicester Square (London, club); Komedia Brighton (The South); Komedia Bath (Wales and the West); Glee Birmingham (Midlands and the East); XS Malarkey (The North); The Pleasance (Scotland).