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Strictly, Downton, Ant and Dec and Eamonn Holmes triumph at the National Television Awards

By PA reporters

Eamonn Holmes was celebrating last night after his show This Morning won a major TV award.

The Belfast-born broadcaster and his wife Ruth Langsford were at the National Television Awards (NTAs), where ITV's This Morning picked up the gong for Live Magazine Show.

Strictly Come Dancing reclaimed its crown as the leading talent show as it beat The X Factor. The popular BBC show was named the winner in the talent show category, which every year sees Strictly battling it out against its ITV rival.

Strictly presenter Tess Daly said the win felt "amazing", and thanked fans saying it "means the world to us".

The final series of Downton Abbey bowed out in style as it won one of the night's big categories, best drama, beating shows like Doctor Who, Casualty and ITV's Broadchurch.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes called the show's win a "happy ending". He said: "I love happy endings and this is a very happy ending, thank you."

The BBC's flagship baking show, The Great British Bake Off, took home the best challenge award, beating the likes of Bear Grylls' Mission Survive and The Apprentice.

Another hotly-contested category, serial drama, was won by EastEnders.

TV presenting duo Ant and Dec took home the most popular TV presenter award for the 15th year in a row.

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