BBC triumphs at National Television Awards

Tess Daly and Bruce Forsyth Tess Daly accepted the award for Strictly Come Dancing and paid tribute to her co-host Bruce Forsyth

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The BBC has triumphed at the National Television Awards, taking the majority of gongs.

Strictly Come Dancing waltzed away with the prize for best talent show, beating its rival X Factor. The ITV talent show has won for the last three years. Britain's Got Talent, Dancing On Ice and The Voice were also up for the same award.

The 18th annual National Television Awards, voted for by viewers, was held at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday evening.

Other BBC winners include Frozen Planet, winning best documentary series over Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, One Born Every Minute and Planet Earth Live.

Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) won for their drama performances. David Witts, 20, won best newcomer for EastEnders. He joined the soap in June.

But it was to be EastEnders' only award on the night, losing out to Coronation Street for serial drama and serial drama performance (Alan Halsall).

Joanna Lumley was awarded a special recognition prize. Her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders, Prime Minister David Cameron and director Martin Scorsese, who cast her in Wolf Of Wall Street, paid tributes to her.

Mrs Brown's Boy, created by and starring Irish writer and performer Brendan O'Carroll, took best sitcom.

BBC nominees Merlin, Sherlock and Doctor Who lost out to period drama Downton Abbey.

Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs was the surprise winner of the night, seeing off tough competition from The Great British Bake Off, Top Gear and The Apprentice, to take the prize for factual entertainment.

BBC Winners

Comedy Panel Show: QI

Drama performance (female): Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife)

Drama performance (male): Colin Morgan (Merlin)

Documentary series: Frozen Planet

Newcomer: David Witts (EastEnders)

Situation comedy: Mrs Brown's Boys

Talent show: Strictly Come Dancing

Special recognition: Joanna Lumley

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