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Misfits in awards ceremony mishap

The cast of Misfits
Image caption Misfits is about about a group of young offenders working in a community service programme

An award destined for E4 show Misfits was mistakenly given to the BBC's Doctor Who at Monday's Royal Television Society craft and design awards.

An "administrative mistake" meant Dr Who: A Christmas Carol was presented with the digital effects prize instead of Misfits, the RTS said.

Apologies have been made to the BBC, E4 and the production companies behind both programmes.

The award will be given to the winners at a special ceremony in the New Year.

"There was a human error in data entry and steps have been taken to ensure that it cannot happen again," the RTS said in a statement.

The organisation said Misfits won the prize because despite working within tight time schedules and budgets, the production team delivered a "level of quality and a volume of work which is rarely seen outside the cinema".

The science fiction drama series, about a group of young offenders working in a community service programme, began in 2009.

The first series was awarded the best drama series prize at the Baftas last year.

The BBC Two adaption of The Crimson Petal and The White was the top winner at this year's RTS awards, winning three gongs.

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