A teacher from Channel 4 series Educating Yorkshire blasted Education Secretary Michael Gove when he collected a top TV award for the series.

The programme collected the best documentary series prize at the Royal Television Society Awards staged in London on Tuesday night.

Michael Steer, a maths teacher who was a regular face on the series set in Dewsbury’s Thornhill Community Academy, offered an unflattering dedication as he picked up the award.

He told guests from the TV industry: “On behalf of teachers I’d like to dedicate this award to Michael Gove and I mean dedicate in the Anglo Saxon sense which means insert roughly into the anus of.”

The series made household names of many of the staff and teachers at the college and became compulsive viewing for many.

There were also other celebrations for Huddersfield in the awards.

Skelmanthorpe actress Jodie Whittaker was one of the stars of the gripping crime drama Broadchurch that won best drama serial award, with actress Olivia Colman also being honoured for her role in the programme.

 

The two actresses were pictured together at the awards ceremony.

And Huddersfield twins Jeff and Matt Postlethwaite were part of the team behind the success of the 1920s gangster show Peaky Blinders.

Parts of the series - which is returning for a second run - were filmed in Armitage Bridge.

The twins hope their shady characters, gang members Nipper and Henry, will return.

Channel 4 was the biggest winner of the night sharing in nine awards for which it was the broadcaster.

While ITV’s Coronation Street took the best soap prize.

Other winners included Stephen Fry who was named best presenter for his series Stephen Fry: Out There in which he travelled to a number of countries to examine how they treated their gay communities. The broadcaster famously made an attempt on his own life as he made the series as it left him at such a low ebb.

He paraphrased Winston Churchill to tell guests: “I think you can judge a civilisation by the way it treats its minorities.”

Idris Elba took the best actor prize for his performance in BBC1 detective series Luther.

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