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Toby Jones and Sheridan Smith honoured at press awards

Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black Image copyright ITV
Image caption Three-part drama Cilla charted how Priscilla White was transformed into a chart-topping singing star

Sheridan Smith and Toby Jones have been named best actress and best actor at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards.

Smith wins for two portrayals of real-life characters: Claire Webster, in The Widower, and singer Cilla Black, in Cilla - both on ITV.

Jones wins for playing Stoke City Football Club's kit-man Neil Baldwin, in Marvellous, and Lance in comedy Detectorists - both on BBC Two.

Marvellous also won best single drama, while BBC's W1A was named best comedy.

Smith and Jones both attended the award ceremony in London, with writers of their respective shows, Jeff Pope (Cilla) and Peter Bowker (Marvellous).

Image caption Marvellous centred on Neil Baldwin, a man with learning difficulties who turns his hand to anything, and whose life defies limitations

In a strong year for the BBC, The Honourable Woman - starring Maggie Gyllenhaal - picked up best drama series, Baby P: The Untold Story won best documentary, and The Missing writers, brothers Harry and Jack Williams, won the breakthrough award.

Sally Wainwright - whose dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley were both broadcast on BBC One - won the writer's award.

Channel 4's Gogglebox won best factual entertainment for the second year in a row, while the channel's controversial show Benefits Street was named best documentary series.

Image caption The Honourable Woman starred Hollywood's Maggie Gyllenhaal

UK TV's Dave won best multichannel programme for Crackanory, an adult take-off of the original story-telling series featuring a host of stars.

On the radio side, there were two awards for BBC Radio 4.

Germany: Memories of a Nation, presented by Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum won best radio programme.

And Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey was named radio broadcaster of the year.

Image caption Woman's Hour's Jane Garvey was named radio broadcaster of the year

Lenny Henry took a break from Comic Relief rehearsals to collect the prestigious Harvey Lee award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting.

The award recognises his contribution to Comic Relief, which began 30 years ago, as well as his campaign for greater diversity in broadcasting

The final award, for Innovation in Broadcasting, went to Vice News, the online start-up which was set up in London a year ago as part of Vice Media, and which reports on the world's trouble zones for young audiences.

The annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards are voted for by journalists who work in the TV and radio industry.

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