Channel 4 led the way, taking home ten of the awards on offer at Tuesday night's London ceremony. Hosted by Rob Brydon, the awards honoured programming made during 2011.
Biographical drama Eric & Ernie - recalling the formative years of comedy duo Morecambe and Wise - won a pair of awards, 'Single Drama' and 'Writer - Drama' for Peter Bowker. Fresh Meat claimed the awards for 'Scripted Comedy' and 'Writer - Comedy' for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.
Dominic West was given the 'Actor (Male)' award for his portrayal of serial killer Fred West in Appropriate Adult, while Emily Watson won the 'Actor (Female)' award for her role as Janet Leach, the social worker who sat in with West at his police interviews.
The BBC won a total of nine awards, with recognition for Luther in the 'Drama Series' category and Gareth Malone in the 'Presenter' category for his BBC Two factual series The Choir: Military Wives.
Channel 4 took home awards across the board for shows including Top Boy and Hugh's Big Fish Fight.
Ant and Dec were recognised with the 'Entertainment Performance' prize for their work across ITV1's primetime programming, while Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani won the 'Comedy Performance' award for Him & Her.
Coronation Street was named as winner of the 'Soap & Continuing Drama' award, while Sherlock's co-executive producer Beryl Vertue was presented with the RTS Lifetime Achievement Award.
> Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2011: The winners in full