The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winners of its prestigious Programme Awards for 2020 tonight.
Held behind closed doors and streamed to nominees and the public via the web in light of the current Covid-19 health scare, the ceremony - in partnership with Audio Network - was hosted by writer and comedian Paul Merton.
Wayne Garvie, Chair of the RTS Programme Awards said: "We are all facing an incredibly difficult time and rightfully have made responsible changes to the format of the RTS Programme Awards. Despite this, we would like to acknowledge the incredible contribution of all our nominees to the UK's television output and celebrate our deserving winners. This is my last year in the role of Chair of the RTS Programme Awards and throughout my tenure I have been proud to witness the outstanding talent in the UK, and have been repeatedly inspired by the creativity across our industry."
The full list of comedy winners and nominees are as follows:
Breakthrough Award: Tanya Moodie (Motherland)
Judges described her as "Genuinely, a star in the making".
Comedy Performance (Female): Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Derry Girls)
The judges praised "A truly stand-out performance in a brilliantly funny series, she confidently commits to the character despite the craziness of the world she inhabits".
Comedy Performance (Male): Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education)
Judges said his performance is "Perfectly balanced, combining slapstick and big comic set pieces with moments of tender emotion and great heart in a truly wonderful series".
Entertainment Performance: London Hughes (Don't Hate The Playaz)
The judging panel called London "Authentic, witty, and with an infectious personality".
Scripted Comedy: Fleabag
Judges called the second series "Beautifully accomplished, supremely well written and performed".
Writer (Comedy): Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Commenting on the writer win, judges added: "A truly stand-out performance in a brilliantly funny series, she confidently commits to the character despite the craziness of the world she inhabits."