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Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ant & Dec win top awards at the National Television Awards

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Yasamin Saeidi

Julie Hesmondhalgh and Ant & Dec win top awards at the National Television Awards
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Last night saw stars from the world of television flock to London’s O2 to celebrate the best from the small screen from the last 12 months in the National Television Awards.

Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, with performances from X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Strictly winner Abbey Clancy and singer Michael Bolton- joined on stage by the Educating Yorkshire choir.

The cast of teachers from the hit fly-on-the-wall documentary series returned on stage to collect the award for best documentary. Other winners included Strictly Come Dancing for best talent show and Matt Smith who won best performance in a TV drama for his role in Doctor Who.

The big winners of the night however were undoubtedly presenters Ant & Dec. The duo arrived at the ceremony from filming Britain’s Got Talent auditions in Cardiff to find that I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here won best entertainment programme. Following that they went on to win best entertainment presenter – an accolade they have now won for an astonishing 13 consecutive years. But the most prestigious gong was the landmark award – given to the much loves entertainers after speeches from the Prince of Wales, Alan Shearer, Kylie Monogue, Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and their mums, along with fellow TV personality Bruce Forsyth.

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The pair thanked the fans and the countless people who they have worked with over the last 25 years – but most of all they thanked each other, putting their enduring success down to their strong friendship.

It was also a good night for Coronation Street, which won best serial drama, as well as actress Julie Hesmondhalgh bagging the award for serial drama performance. Her character Hayley Cropper’s right-to-die storyline following a battle with pancreatic cancer has been a major talking point this week. She accepted the award with her on-screen husband Roy, played David Neilson who was also a nominee. Shows like Coronation Street, said Neilson, can “create a sense of community."

You can see a full list of winners here.

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