Janice Hadlow given RTS judges' award for work in TV

Janice Hadlow The judges believe Janice Hadlow has overseen a 'remarkable resurgence' on BBC Two

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Janice Hadlow has won the judges' award from RTS in recognition of her work in television.

The outgoing controller of BBC Two and Four was honoured at the Programme Awards held in London on Tuesday.

The citation reflected on Hadlow's extensive career, which began as a BBC production trainee in 1986. She held various jobs, both in radio and television, until taking the helm of BBC Four in 2004. She was appointed controller of BBC Two just four years later.

The judges said that, under Hadlow's leadership, there has been a 'remarkable resurgence' of specialist factual, comedy and drama on BBC Two.

Well-documented hit The Great British Bake Off ended its run with an audience of 10m; and special event TV programmes such as Stargazing Live and Lambing Live were also popular with viewers.

The Fall, which stars Gillian Anderson as a detective on the trail of a serial killer, became one of the channel's biggest drama launches in several years.

Comedy hits include Miranda, Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe, The Wrong Mans and the award-winning Twenty Twelve, which started life on BBC Four.

The judges also singled Hadlow out for 'championing female talent across all the genres - both on and off screen - including Amanda Vickery, Alice Roberts, Sarah Millican and Mary Beard'.

And the winners are...
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BBC Two had several wins at Tuesday's RTS Awards. Peaky Blinders triumphed in the drama series category for being 'a thrilling and atmospheric tale, brilliantly realised'.

Challenger, an in-house science production for BBC Two about the 1986 space shuttle disaster starring William Hurt, took best single drama, with the judges saying it 'felt like a Hollywood movie'.

Stephen Fry won in the presenter category for Stephen Fry - Out There, also BBC Two, while James Corden, Mathew Baynton and Tom Basden took an accolade for comedy writing for The Wrong Mans.

BBC One winners include Idris Elba taking the best actor gong for his performance in Luther; best comedy performance went to Brendan O'Carroll for Mrs Brown's Boys; and Imagine's portrait of American photographer Vivian Maier won in the arts category.

Africa, the BBC One documentary narrated by David Attenborough, was the winner in the science and natural history category for its 'beautiful storytelling'.

CBBC had two winners: Dumping Ground for children's fiction and a Newsround special about the recession called Hard Times, which got the nod for children's programme.

Actor David Suchet, forever associated with his memorable interpretation of Hercule Poirot, was given a lifetime achievement award, while ITV's Broadchurch was a double winner: best actor (Olivia Colman) and also best drama serial.

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