Baird Medal

Richard Armitage and Shaheen Baig win at the RTS Midlands Television Awards

Birmingham-born Baig, who cast shows including Peaky Blinders and Man Like Mobeen, was awarded the Baird Medal for Off-screen work by Mobeen actor Tolu Ogunmefun.

Armitage, who starred in The Hobbit and most recently Netflix’s Obsession, received the Baird Medal for On-screen work. It was presented by real-life SAS soldier Billy Billingham, chief instructor on Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Baird Medal winners Adrian Lester and Will Trotter recall their rise

Adrian Lester: 'Be more tomato'

Actor and director Adrian Lester captured the attention of his audience by urging them to “be more tomato”.

Sprinkling his inspiring talk with references to the fruit, the Hustle star said: “A tomato tastes just as good whether you call it a fruit or a vegetable. Labels define you and are a bad thing for creatives, so, in that sense, we should be tomatoes. We can be anything, hot, cold, spicy or cool to the tongue, and it’s up to the rest of the world to catch up.”