Rippon honoured at WFTV awards

Angela Rippon has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at an event recognising women in broadcasting.

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Angela Rippon was honoured for her TV work

Angela Rippon has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at an event recognising women in broadcasting.

The 69-year-old former newscaster, who presents BBC One's Rip-Off Britain, collected her prize from BBC director-general Tony Hall at the Women in Film and TV (WFTV) Awards in London.

Other winners at the event included actress Sheridan Smith who took the best performance award for her portrayal of great train robber Ronnie Biggs' wife Charmian in ITV drama Mrs Biggs.

And the academic Mary Beard, who has worked on many historical documentary series, took the best presenter award at the 23rd annual awards event, staged at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

Angela was the first regular female newsreader on national television in the UK, beginning her journalism career more than half a century ago and becoming a recognisable figure in the 1970s. She memorably showed her lighter side by dancing on the Morecambe And Wise Christmas special in 1976.

She has gone on to present an array of programmes including Top Gear, Antiques Roadshow and was even a guest judge - later to become a contestant - on ITV's Dancing On Ice.

Hosted by Ruby Wax, other winners at the event included screenwriter Kelly Marcel - who is working on the Fifty Shades Of Grey script - and ITV News presenter Ronke Phillips, who was recognised for her work on the "torso in the Thames" story.

Kate Kinninmont, chief executive of WFTV, said: " Year after year these awards celebrate creativity and excellence - there is no shortage of talented women in film and television."