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Broadchurch wins best drama at Broadcast Awards

David Tennant as Alec Hardy, right, and Olivia Coleman as Ellie Miller, from the series Broadchurch Image copyright AP
Image caption A second UK series of Broadchurch has been commissioned by ITV

Hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch has received more recognition, winning two prizes including best drama series at this year's Broadcast Awards.

It beat competition from The Fall, Last Tango in Halifax and Top of the Lake to take the prize, after last week winning best TV drama at the South Bank Awards.

Channel 4's Gogglebox was another double winner, taking best original programme and best popular factual.

The show films real people watching and discussing TV in their living rooms.

After a triumphant night at last month's National Television Awards, presenting duo Ant and Dec won best entertainment programme for their show Saturday Night Takeaway.

Coronation Street picked up the award for best soap, while Channel 4's Educating Yorkshire was awarded best documentary series. Both were also winners at the NTAs.

"Broadchurch breathed new life into the whodunit, Educating Yorkshire was funny and moving, and Gogglebox was a genuine word-of-mouth smash," said Broadcast editor Chris Curtis.

"All three have the potential to be big international successes, and prove the power of British TV."

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Image caption Posh couple Steph and Dom were among the most entertaining TV-watchers on Gogglebox

With a US version in production, Broadchurch's second award was for best international sales, beating BBC exports Doctor Who and The Great British Bake Off.

ITV was named channel of the year, after hit shows such as Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and Broadchurch helped the broadcaster increase its share of viewers in 2013.

The awards, handed out during a ceremony in London, were judged by a panel of industry executives and journalists from Broadcast.

Best comedy went to Sky One's A Touch of Cloth II: Undercover Cloth, made by Zeppotron for Sky One.

There were also prizes for Sky Arts drama A Young Doctor's Notebook, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm; Hitchcock drama The Girl, which starred Sienna Miller; and the BBC's Glastonbury coverage, which won best music programme.

For younger viewers Mr Stink, based on David Walliams' book of the same name, won best children's programme and Rastamouse won best pre-school programme.

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