Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Tarmey remembered at TV awards show

Alan Halsall paid tribute to his late Corrie co-star Bill Tarmey

The stars of Coronation Street have remembered Bill Tarmey as they picked up two prizes at the National Television Awards.

The long-running ITV soap was named best serial drama and Alan Halsall, who played Tarmey's on-screen foster son Tyrone Dobbs, won the award for serial drama performance.

Accepting his award, Halsall paid tribute to Tarmey, who died last year after playing Jack Duckworth in the soap for decades, saying: "I love you pal."

Speaking backstage, he paid further tribute to Tarmey, saying the actor would be looking down on him. He said: "I'm sure he is. He'll be having a pint of Guinness for me. His wife asked me to wear his watch tonight so I've got it on."

The award for best entertainment presenter went to Ant and Dec for the 12th year running, while their show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! was named best entertainment programme. Downton Abbey was named best drama, beating shows including Sherlock and Doctor Who, while Strictly Come Dancing was named best talent show, beating ITV rival The X Factor.

Merlin star Colin Morgan won the award for the best male drama performance, beating Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr Who's Matt Smith. Morgan said he had a "fantastic time" making the programme, which was axed by the BBC last year.

Sir David Attenborough's BBC natural history show Frozen Planet which won best documentary series, while QI was named the best comedy panel show, beating competition including Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. The award for factual entertainment went to Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.

This Morning was named best daytime programme, with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accepting the award and the award for best female drama performance went to Call The Midwife star Miranda Hart. The award for situation comedy went to Mrs Brown's Boys.

EastEnders actor David Witts, who plays Joey Branning in the BBC soap, won the newcomer award and told off members of the audience who booed when he mentioned his girlfriend in his speech, saying: "You can't boo her, she's beautiful."

A special recognition award went to Joanna Lumley, while a landmark award for coverage of London 2012 was presented to Lord Coe, Sir Chris Hoy and David Weir.

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