Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

Ant and Dec land three TV awards

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arriving for the 2013 TV Choice awards

Television favourites Ant and Dec were triple winners as they collected a trio of awards for their shows at the TVChoice Awards.

The duo landed prizes for best reality show for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, best talent show for Britain's Got Talent, and best entertainment show for Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Another major winner was BBC1's Doctor Who, which was named best drama series and was given an honorary gold award to mark its 50th anniversary later this year.

The programme's executive producer Steven Moffat collected the award on behalf of the long-running sci-fi series, which will soon see Matt Smith hand over to Peter Capaldi in the lead role as The Doctor.

Matt's predecessor, David Tennant, also took a prize at the event at London's Dorchester Hotel, collecting the best actor trophy, which was one of two prizes for ITV police mystery Broadchurch. It also took the best new drama prize.

Miranda Hart was rewarded for her role in BBC1 drama Call The Midwife with the best actress prize for a second year, and Mrs Brown's Boys retained its title as best comedy.

Coronation Street took the keenly fought best soap award, and the show also landed the best soap actress prize with Michelle Keegan collecting the title for her role as Tina McIntyre.

BBC1 rival EastEnders also enjoyed its share of wins with Shane Richie named best soap actor for playing Alfie Moon. His co-star David Witts, who plays brooding Joey Branning, was also honoured as best soap newcomer.

Best daytime programme went to The Jeremy Kyle Show for the third year running.

Winners at the ceremony - officially called the TVChoice Awards 2013, in association with Daz - were voted by viewers and readers of the magazine.

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