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Forsyth, Jason triumph at TV awards

Bruce Forsyth and Sir David Jason made it a good night for veteran stars as they carried off big prizes at the National Television Awards.

And TV favourites Ant and Dec were named top entertainment presenters for the 10th year in a row, while their show I'm A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here! was named most popular entertainment programme.

Sir David's win for outstanding drama performance deprived Doctor Who star Matt Smith of the title. The actor who plays the Time Lord has taken the title every year since the show was revived by the BBC, with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant both winning in recent years.

Doctor Who also missed out on the popular drama prize, which was handed to BBC One school-drama Waterloo Road.

Brucie was honoured with a Special Recognition award - and a standing ovation. The Strictly host teased the audience, joking: "This would be a good night to announce my retirement ... but I'm not b***y going to!"

Sir David won the top actor prize for his last stint in A Touch Of Frost. He said of his win: "This is a real turn up for the book."

The X Factor was named the most popular talent show, and judge Simon Cowell gave the statuette to a show producer who had beaten cancer.

EastEnders was crowned top soap and also picked up awards for Most Popular Newcomer for Ricky Norwood, who plays Fatboy, and Outstanding Serial Drama Performance for Lacey Turner's role as Stacey Slater.

Other winners included ITV1's Benidorm, which carried off the award for Most Popular Comedy Programme, and The Inbetweeners, which picked up the Digital Choice gong.

This Morning landed the prize for best topical magazine show, while Top Gear was named most popular factual programme.

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