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Alan Carr wins National Television Award

Alan Carr at the National TV Awards
Image caption Alan Carr described his Chatty Man show as "just a load of camp old fun"

Alan Carr has won the battle of the chat show hosts after beating Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton to the best talk show prize at the National TV Awards.

Carr's Chatty Man show triumphed at the ceremony at the O2 Arena in London.

The winners were chosen by a viewers' vote, with Coronation Street named best soap and Downton Abbey beating Doctor Who to the best drama award.

There were acting awards for Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, while Ant and Dec were also winners.

The duo won the prize for best entertainment presenter for the 11th year in a row.

Declan Donnelly said he and partner Anthony McPartlin were "so honoured and humbled to have got your votes for this".

Ant and Dec picked up a second trophy when I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here won best reality programme, beating The Only Way Is Essex, The Apprentice and Come Dine With Me.

Before the ceremony, Coronation Street led the shortlist with four nominations. Doctor Who, EastEnders and Emmerdale went into the event with three nominations each.

Accepting the soap award, Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster, dedicated it to long-serving co-star Betty Driver, who died in October.

Katherine Kelly, who played Becky in Coronation Street, won best soap performance just two days after her character was seen leaving the show.

But she could not pick up the prize in person as she is starring in She Stoops To Conquer at the National Theatre.

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Media captionHighlights of the National TV Awards: Footage courtesy of Indigo Television.

EastEnders had one winner - actress Jacqueline Jossa, who plays Lauren Branning in the BBC soap, was voted best newcomer.

In the non-soap categories, Doctor Who's Matt Smith won best male drama performance, while Gillan, who plays his companion Amy Pond, won best drama actress.

It comes weeks after it was announced that Gillan was leaving the show. Speaking backstage, she said: "I've had the best years of my life on this show and I don't know if I'll ever have as much fun again."

But Doctor Who lost out to Downton Abbey in the best drama category. The ITV period saga also beat Merlin and last year's winner Waterloo Road in that category.

Other winners included X Factor, which was named best talent show for the third year in a row; This Morning, which scooped best factual programme for a second year running; and Outnumbered, which beat Miranda and Benidorm to win best sitcom.

Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow won best entertainment programme, beating Harry Hill's TV Burp, dating show Take Me Out and Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

Comedian Leigh Francis' anarchic alter-ego Keith Lemon won best comedy panel show for his quiz Celebrity Juice, triumphing over Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and QI.

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