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Dench wins special South Bank prize

Dame Judi Dench said she was "overwhelmed" to pick up a gong for outstanding achievement at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The audience were shown a tribute film featuring contributions from Kevin Spacey, Billy Connolly and Sir Trevor Nunn who praised her insight into "strength and human weakness".

Accepting her award, she said: "I am completely overwhelmed.

"I cannot stand here after 54 years on the stage and not say that the 54 years is down entirely to people having faith in me and asking me to do things.

"I cannot even start to list who they are. I'm quite overwhelmed by this."

Meanwhile director Shane Meadows has another prize to add to his trophy cabinet after picking up the gong for TV drama for his show This is England '86.

He revealed that he hopes to make two further follow-ups set in 1988 and 1990, with the first one being shown this Christmas on Channel 4.

Other winners included rapper and soul singer Plan B, who picked up the pop music award for his album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.

The film award went to Monsters, directed by Gareth Edwards, while the prize for comedy went to the BBC Two show Rev, starring Tom Hollander as a Church of England vicar.

The event, at London's Dorchester Hotel, was hosted by Lord Bragg.

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