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Cherry on cake for Mary Berry as she scoops top judge gong at TV awards

By Laura Harding

The Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry won the TV judge prize at the National Television Awards, beating another recently-departed judge Len Goodman to the honour.

The TV veteran, who stood down from her role as a judge on the popular cookery programme due to its move from the BBC to Channel 4, also beat The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent's Simon Cowell, BGT's David Walliams and The X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger.

Strictly Come Dancing's Goodman finished his 12-year tenure on the dancing show's panel in December.

A stunned Berry (81) was cheered by the audience gathered at London's O2 Arena as she took to the stage with the help of host Dermot O'Leary before accepting the award.

She said: "I'm thrilled... I love judging, it has always been a great honour.

"I think I know how to bake and I love telling people that, next time, do a little bit better.

"But the greatest reward is that all the young are baking and everybody is sitting down at 8pm, the whole family: gran, the baby in arms. There is no swearing, it's the best programme, and I'm so grateful, and thank you very much."

TV duo Ant and Dec were named as the first winners of the night at the NTAs, scooping the entertainment programme prize for their show Saturday Night Takeaway.

Long-running BBC medical drama Casualty beat big hitters such as Game Of Thrones, The Night Manager and Happy Valley to be named the winner of the drama category.

EastEnders star Lacey Turner won the coveted serial drama performance award.

Channel 4's hit show Gogglebox took home the gong in the factual entertainment category.

Mrs Brown's Boys won the accolade of best comedy programme.

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