TV autopsy nominated for award

Actors, presenters and programme makers were being recognised last night at the annual British Royal Television Society Awards.

Actors, presenters and programme makers were being recognised last night at the annual British Royal Television Society Awards.

Newsnight host Kirsty Young and RTS president Will Wyatt were hosting the event at Le Meridien Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, central London.

Among those nominated for awards is Channel 4’s Autopsy, which captured controversial doctor Professor Gunther von Hagen’s public post mortem examination on a 72-year-old man.

It was Britain’s first public autopsy for 170 years and provoked more than 150 complaints to television watchdogs.

The programme has been nominated for the Event category and is up against the BBC’s Golden Jubilee weekend coverage and the Test The Nation general knowledge quiz.

Comedy performance of the year will go to either Ricky Gervais for The Office, Peter Kay for Phoenix Nights 2 or Steve Coogan for I’m Alan Partridge.

Gervais and Kay could be double winners as their shows are also up for best comedy along with Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Presenting duo Ant and Dec have been nominated twice – for best entertainment show (Pop Idol) and best entertainment performance (I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here).

EastEnders is a surprise omission from the best soaps category, with the nominations going to Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Doctors.

The best drama award will go to one of three BBC1 shows: Spooks, Clocking Off or Cutting It.

The nominees for presenter of the year are This Morning’s Fern Britton, What Not To Wear style gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank.

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