The RTÉ series 'Beckett On Film' has won the Best Television Drama prize at the South Bank Arts Awards in London this afternoon.

The series consists of all of Beckett's plays produced as films for RTÉ in association with Channel 4 and has already been sold to fifteen countries overseas.

British singer-songwriter PJ Harvey triumphed over Irish rockers U2 and hip hop outfit Roots Manuva to win the South Bank pop award for her album 'Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea'.

'The Last Resort' - a film about asylum seekers in Britain - won the Best Film Award, beating competition from 'Sexy Beast' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary'.

Writer Ian McEwan won the literature prize for his novel 'Atonement'; Whitbread Prize winning children's writer Philip Pullman was also nominated.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast during the 'South Bank Show' on ITV on 10 February.