Ant and Dec triumph at TV awards

Geordie Duo Ant and Dec triumphed again at the National Television Awards (NTAs), picking up a handful of gongs and getting the royal seal of approval.

The pair, who won the entertainment presenter award for the thirteenth year running, also saw I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! which they host, win the en tertainment programme award.

They finished off the night with the prestigious landmark award which came complete with a tribute from the Prince of Wales who said: " The warmth and empathy they show towards charitable causes, their viewers and their deep friendship towards one another are as great achievements as their countless and well-deserved awards. The nation has taken them to their hearts."

Their video tribute included appearances from their mothers, Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer also put in an appearance, describing them as " t he most famous double act from Newcastle".

Accepting the special award, Dec thanked Ant saying: "Neither of us would be here if it wasn't for each other."

It was also a good night for Coronation Street, which won the serial drama award, and actress Julie Hesmondhalgh who won the serial drama performance award.

Her character Hayley Cropper has been at the centre of the controversial right-to-die storyline which ended with her suicide on Monday.

Among the actors she beat to the prize was David Neilson who plays her on-screen husband Roy.

Accepting her award with Neilson by her side, she told the audience: "We said that if either of us were lucky enough to get this we'd come up together because there ain't no Hayley without Roy and there ain't no Roy without Hayley."

The climax of the plot, which saw Hayley take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer, pulled in millions more viewers and prompted an increase in calls to The Samaritans.

Accepting the serial drama award for the ITV soap, Neilson said shows like Coronation Street can "create a feeling of community".

He said: "Occasionally you get a huge reaction from a story and you realise how important these shows are because when people laugh together, cry together you get community."

The awards, hosted by Dermot O'Leary at London's O2, kicked off with X Factor winner Sam Bailey duetting with her hero Michael Bolton on the soul classic Ain't No Mountain High Enough with the help of the school choir from documentary series Educating Yorkshire.

The other stars of the show - the teachers - were on stage 30 minutes later when it won the documentary award.

The first award, for factual entertainment, went to Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs.

Khali Best who plays Dexter Hartman in EastEnders won the newcomer award.

The stars of the new BBC drama The Musketeers presented the award for best performance in a TV drama to Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

He beat another on-screen doctor, Doc Martin star M artin Clunes, Call the Midwife's Miranda Hart and Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith to the prize.

His co-star Jenna Coleman and show supremo Steven Moffat accepted the award for the actor who is currently appearing in American Psycho in the West End.

Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan presented the daytime television award to ITV's This Morning.

The award for comedy went to the BBC's Mrs Brown's Boys.

Its writer and star Brendan O'Carroll said the audience had "been so generous", adding: "We just wanted to make a comedy show that makes people laugh."

Kiefer Sutherland handed out the award for best detective to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared in a video-link from Los Angeles - dressed in a dinner jacket and shorts - and said he was " over the moon".

This year's Strictly Come Dancing winner Abbey Clancy was reunited on stage for a performance with some of the show's professional dancers including her partner in the series Aljaz Skorjanec and judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The ballroom show won the the talent show award and Tonioli joked: "I was running just in case Ant and Dec got here quicker. It feels so good."

Brazilian model Fernanda Lima, who hosted the World Cup draw, joined England football manager Roy Hodgson to present the drama award to Doctor Who.

Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald in the long-running science fiction show, said: "Fifty years and still going strong. Well done Who."

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