Eric and Ernie brings some RTS sunshine

Daniel Rigby as Eric and Bryan Dick as Ernie Daniel Rigby as Eric and Bryan Dick as Ernie

Eric and Ernie brought the BBC some sunshine last night, bagging two Royal Television Society programme awards.

The BBC Wales for BBC Two production, about the years that followed the comic duo's chance meeting on the children's variety circuit, was named best single drama, and was praised by the judges for capturing 'the spirit of what made these household names so special'.

Peter Bowker, whose script was described as 'a perfect piece of writing', won the writer's award.

Gareth Malone provided the channel with the best presenter title for his turn on The Choir: Military Wives.

Malone formed the choir at Chivenor Barracks in Devon from the wives and partners of military personnel deployed to Afghanistan. He recently led the Military Wives to the top of the UK album charts with their debut offering, In My Dreams. The judges said 'his enthusiasm and expertise infects everyone around him and the on-screen result is thoroughly positive and life enhancing'.

'Profoundly moving'

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, meanwhile, was 'groundbreaking, revelatory and profoundly moving' deemed the judges. The hour-long BBC Two programme in which the author, who has Alzheimer's, considers how he might choose to end his life before the disease takes over, took the single documentary crown.

BBC One collected the drama series title for Luther 2, where the 'extraordinary central performance' of Idris Elba was noted once again, and provided the top nations and regions programme with The Scheme. The BBC Scotland production followed six families living in one large housing scheme in Kilmarnock.

CBBC honours

Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani's 'wickedly funny' turn at the heart of BBC Three's Him & Her was considered best comedy performance. And CBBC bagged both the children's drama and children's programme honours, with Tracy Beaker and Newsround - My Autism respectively.

Exec/producer Beryl Vertue, whose considerable credits include Men Behaving Badly, Coupling and Sherlock, was rewarded for her 'tenacity, talent and downright charm' with the lifetime achievement award.


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