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BBC show Rev wins four Broadcasting Guild awards

The cast of Rev
Image caption Rev is about a modern day vicar, who runs a church in London

BBC Two comedy series Rev led the way at this year's Broadcasting Press Guild Awards (BPG), winning four prizes.

The series scooped the prize for best comedy and entertainment show and best writing, while co-star Olivia Colman picked up two awards.

There were also awards for The Choir: Military Wives, Eric and Ernie and Appropriate Adult.

The awards, which were handed out at London's Theatre Royal, were voted for by media journalists.

Rev is about a modern day vicar, played by co-writer Tom Hollander, who runs a church in central London.

Colman, who plays his wife in the series, picked up the prizes for best actress and the best breakthrough for her role in Rev and BBC One's Exile.

The Choir: Military Wives was hugely successful for BBC Two and was named best factual entertainment programme at Friday's ceremony.

The series followed Gareth Malone, who formed a choir with the partners left behind by troops away in Afghanistan.

The gong for best single drama went to another BBC Two programme, Eric & Ernie, and BBC One won both the documentary awards.

Panorama: Undercover Care - The Abuse Exposed was voted best single documentary and Frozen Planet, narrated by David Attenborough, was named best documentary series.

There were two awards for ITV's Appropriate Adult, including best drama series and best actor for Dominic West's portrayal of Fred West.

Sky One drama series Mad Dogs - starring Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren - won the BPG multi-channel award.

BBC Radio 4 won the award for best radio programme - Archive on 4 - and Chris Watson was named radio broadcaster of the year, in special recognition of The Wire.

Hartswood Films founder and chairman Beryl Vertue was presented with the Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

She was recognised for selling UK comedy formats to the US and working as an independent producer on shows such as Men Behaving Badly, Coupling and Sherlock.

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