Suranne Jones' show a winner at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards


Suranne Jones' Doctor Foster has continued its winning streak by claiming best TV drama at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The actress, who stars as a GP whose husband she suspects of cheating on her in the BBC One series, said it was a special award because it felt like recognition for the whole team.

Holding the serpent-shaped trophy, designed by artist Polly Morgan, aloft, she said: "We're going to take it and love it and look at it and hopefully produce a Doctor Foster two with as much love and care."

Suranne Jones of Doctor Foster fame
Suranne Jones (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Benjamin Clementine hinted he had drunk a little too much of the free wine as he picked up the pop music award for his debut album At Least For Now.

Category losers Sleaford Mods got a shout-out while Stormzy was congratulated among the rambling thank yous that included host Lord Bragg multiple times and even the cakes on the tables.

"Thank you Melvyn, thank you so much; judges, thank you; music, thank you; wine, thank you; and arts, thank you very much," he said.

The Force Of Destiny by English National Opera was awarded the opera award for their adaptation of Verdi's revenge tale transplanted to the Spanish civil war.

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi called on those in the audience to "feel free to do anything to remind the Government the arts are not a luxury" as she spoke about her pride at being British ahead of presenting the comedy award.

American comedian Rob Delaney agreed and said he "felt guilty for not being British" as he accepted the award for his Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe, which he wrote and stars in with Sharon Horgan.

He delivered a love letter to Channel 4, the BBC and the NHS, which he called "the greatest thing I've ever experienced in my life" in his two years of living in the UK.

He said: "Between the NHS, Channel 4 and BBC, those are the only things that not make this a grey, rainy Florida and you've got to preserve them otherwise you'll end up like me and that would be terrible."