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Ant and Dec scoop 10th National TV Award

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
Image caption Ant and Dec front such shows as Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have been named the best entertainment presenters at the National Television Awards for the 10th year running.

The Britain's Got Talent hosts were unable to attend the ceremony, but thanked voters in a live video message.

Bruce Forsyth was presented with the special recognition award and EastEnders won best serial drama.

There were also prizes for Waterloo Road, The Inbetweeners and the X Factor at the London ceremony.


McPartlin and Donnelly, who are currently filming Britain's Got Talent in Cardiff, told the audience they were delighted about winning the prize again.

McPartlin said they were "so so happy" and Donnelly added they were "humbled and honoured".

Simon Cowell, who accepted the award on their behalf, said he thought it was "well deserved" but jokingly admitted the pair's success was getting "annoying".

Later on in the evening, Cowell returned to the stage to accept the trophy for best talent show, which went to the X Factor for the second year in a row.

Stephen Fry presented the special recognition award to Forsyth, who he described as "a legend".

He added: "That is a word that is often overused but in this case never more deservedly."

Forsyth, who currently hosts Strictly Come Dancing, joked: "This would be a good night to announce my retirement but I'm not bloody going to."

It was a successful night for EastEnders, as Lacey Turner took home the gong for best serial drama performance.

The actress, who has now left the BBC One soap, beat her co-star Steve McFadden, Emmerdale's Danny Miller and Kathleen Kelly from Coronation Street.

Backstage the star said her character Stacey Slater was a big part of her life.

"I miss her already. I haven't played her since November and was very upset when I left, but a good upset. And they haven't killed her off."

The most popular newcomer gong also went to EastEnders' Ricky Norwood.

Standing ovation

Sir David Jason picked up the award for most outstanding drama performance for his role in A Touch Of Frost.

The veteran actor saw off challenges from Doctor Who star Matt Smith, Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Big Brother lost out to I'm A Celebrity... Get me Out Of Here! in the entertainment show category and Benidorm won the best comedy show prize.

There was a standing ovation for Luis Urzua, one of the miners saved from the pit disaster in Chile.

Image caption The X Factor was named best talent programme

He came on stage to present the award for most popular drama, which went to BBC One's Waterloo Road.

The show, based around a school, beat Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who - ending the Timelord's record of six consecutive wins.

US series Glee and reality show Peter Andre, The Next Chapter missed out on the digital choice prize, which went to the cult E4 series The Inbetweeners.

And in the topical magazine category, This Morning was named the winner, beating Loose Women and BBC Breakfast.

Presenter Phillip Schofield accepted the award and suggested the reason they had won might have been down to chef Gino D'Acampo promising to cook in the nude if they came out on top.

Top Gear was crowned the winner of best factual show, which presenter Jeremy Clarkson thought was amusing, as "there hasn't been a fact on Top Gear for seven years now", he said.

The ceremony, which was presented by Dermot O'Leary, opened with a performance from Stacey Soloman and Shaun Ryder, who met during the last series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

There were also performances from X Factor winner Matt Cardle and former Pineapple Dance star Louie Spence.

Winners of the awards, screened live on ITV1, were voted for by viewers online.

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