BBC success at National TV Awards 2014

Doctor Who with Matt Smith Doctor Who triumphed at the National TV Awards

The BBC performed well at the National TV Awards on Wednesday, winning six awards out of a possible 14 up for grabs.

Doctor Who was the night's top performer, taking the best drama gong and honouring former Time lord Matt Smith with an award for best drama performance.

Smith, who saw off competition from Miranda Hart, Maggie Smith and Martin Clunes to take the coveted prize, was not in the audience because of his theatre commitments in American Psycho.

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat picked up the award on his behalf and said: 'Sadly Matt cannot be with us tonight because he is slaughtering people on stage in the West End.'

The writer joked that this was 'not in the script, he's just cross'.

Benedict Cumberbatch also triumphed in the newly added TV detective category. It was recently revealed that the show's latest series is the most watched BBC drama in over a decade. The third series of the detective show pulled in an average audience of 11.82m viewers.

Cumberbatch was also absent from the ceremony because of commitments in Los Angeles. In a video link he said: 'I am over the moon. I can't tell you what this means, a vote from the public. It's a real thrill.'

The comedy award went to BBC One's Mrs Brown's Boys, while Strictly Come Dancing proved it still has the right moves, claiming victory in the talent show category.

Khali Best, who joined the EastEnders cast as 20-year-old Dexter Hartman in January 2013, was recognised in the newcomer category.

The 19th National TV Awards were held at London's O2 Arena on January 22 and are voted for by the public.

The 2014 winners in full:

Factual Entertainment

Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Entertainment Programme

I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Documentary Series

Educating Yorkshire


Khali Best, EastEnders

Drama Performance

Matt Smith, Doctor Who


This Morning


Mrs Brown's Boys

Serial Drama Performance

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Coronation Street

TV Detective

Benedict Cumberbatch

Entertainment Presenter

Ant & Dec


Doctor Who

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

Talent Show

Strictly Come Dancing


Ant & Dec


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