Tough screen star Sean Bean's portrayal of a cross-dressing teacher has landed him a best actor title at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards - one of two prizes for courtroom drama 'The Accused'.

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Sean Bean with Stephen Graham in 'The Accused'

The actor, who has played numerous gritty roles and made his name in the Napoleonic drama 'Sharpe', wore a mini-skirt, make-up and a blonde wig for the gripping performance.

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Olivia Colman was named best actress at the respected awards bash for her performance in the same BBC One series.

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There was also a double win for BBC One's 'Sherlock', which was named best drama series and its creator Steven Moffatt was named best drama writer.

And last summer's sporting achievements were recognised with a string of awards. The BBC's coverage of the Olympics was named best live event, while Clare Balding landed the prize for best presenter for her work on London 2012. David Gordon, the BBC supremo who oversaw the corporation's Olympics coverage, was given a lifetime achievement award.

Film-maker Danny Boyle picked up one of the two honorary judges' awards for his work on creating the opening ceremony.

Channel 4's Paralympics coverage took the other judges' award and BBC Two's spoof series about preparations for the Olympics, Twenty Twelve, helped Jessica Hynes to the best comedy performance prize.

Ant and Dec took the best entertainment performance prize for a third consecutive year for their role as hosts of ITV's 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!', while ITV2's 'Celebrity Juice' was named best entertainment show.

'Coronation Street' - which this week was rocked by a fireball engulfing the Rovers Return - was named best soap for a second year on the run. BBC One crime thriller 'Good Cop' took the best drama serial title, and BBC Two's 'Richard II', part of the Hollow Crown trilogy which starred Ben Whishaw as the King, was best single drama.

The awards were held at London's Grosvenor House in a ceremony hosted by comic Jo Brand.

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    Melanie Sykes arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Jessica Raine arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Jessica Hynes arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Kym Marsh arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Sheridan Smith arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Sheridan Smith arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Brooke Vincent arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Sheridan Smith arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Sheridan Smith arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Olivia Colman arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly (otherwise known as Ant and Dec), arrive at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Helen George arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Stephanie Davis arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Sheridan Smith arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Grayson Perry arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Olivia Coleman arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Helen George arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Kym Marsh arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    (left to right) Stephanie Davis, Jazmine Franks and Anna Shaffer arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    David Morrissey arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Jazmine Franks arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Brooke Vincent arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Charlotte Ritchie arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Leigh Francis arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Stephanie Davis arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly (otherwise known as Ant and Dec), arrive at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Lord Bragg arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Richard Madeley arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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    Jennie Falconer arrives at the Royal Television Society awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.