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Television award winners

Some of the guests during yesterday's event.

Some of the guests during yesterday's event.

One Television won the station of the year award during the television awards held at the Malta Hilton last night.

Some of the nominees feigned nonchalance - others glanced furtively around, sizing up their rivals, and tried to gauge the body language of the judges before the awards were announced.

The winners were: Best children/youth programme: Zmeraldi teens; Best cultural programme: Għawdex Illum; Best lifestyle programme: Montage; Best educational/health programme: Ħajja; Best magazine programme: Dak Kien is-Seklu XX; Best entertainment programme: Showtime; Best reality programme: Liquorish; Best current affairs programme: Trip;

The best social-awareness/religious programme went to: Qalb in Nies; Best sports programme: L-argument; Best game/quiz show: Kontra l-Ħin; Best documentary: Muftieħ; Best opening sequence: Aaron briffa - Imsaħħra; Best original song: I Grooves and four people - Gizelle; Best digital effects: Modern image studios - Hazzzard; Best editing: 4 people - Gizelle; Best cameraman: Adrian farrugia - Gizelle; Best original script: 4 people - Gizelle; and Breakthrough/upcoming talent: Svetlana Muscat - Bikini.

Xarabank won Best talk show. Miriam Dalli of One News won the Best news presenter and Best programme presenter award for Trip.

The best female actor in a leading role (comedy) went to Claire Agius Ordway - Skartoċċ; Best male actor in a leading role (comedy): Daniel Chircop - Skartoċċ; Best female actor in a supporting role (comedy): Rinalda Mizzi - l-Avukat Gawdenz Bilokka; Best male actor in a supporting role (comedy): Tonio Vella - Fredu l-Fra; Best female actor in a leading role (drama) Kristjana Casha - Gizelle; Best male actor in a leading role (drama): Carlos Farrugia - Gizelle. The best female actor in a supporting role (drama): Louise Ellul - Gizelle; Best male actor in a supporting role (drama): Joseph Galea - Pupi; Best comedy - Skartoċċ; Best drama - Pupi; Best director - Charles Stroud - Pupi; the Television station of the year award went to One Television; People's choice award - favourite personality: Alfred Zammit; Favourite programme: Gizelle.

The Charles Arrigo lifetime achievement award went to Ġemma Portelli. Commenting before the ceremony, winner Ms Dalli said: "I'm committed to exploring the more avant-garde and serious sides of broadcasting in the coming years." On the other hand, Claire Agius Ordway said: I have three nominations; the one about which I am most excited most is Ħajja. One phrase I will not utter if I had to win is 'this is a surprise for me; I did not expect to win... If I send an application for a particular programme, or for my performance, it is because I believe in the product and I believe it is a winner."

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