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McIntyre scoops entertainment award

Ant and Dec have joined showbiz veteran Bruce Forsyth on stage to kick off this year's National Television Awards.

Among the stars in the crowd were Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and X Factor winners Little Mix

The ceremony, at London's O2 centre, started with Michael McIntyre picking up the award for Best Entertainment Programme.

The comic picked up the award from X Factor judge Tulisa. He saw off Harry Hill's TV Burp, dating show Take Me Out and magic show Dynamo: Magician Impossible to land the gong.

When he was handed his award, he said: "I can't believe it."

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville was next on to the stage to present the award for Drama Performance Female, and in his introduction for Bonneville, Dermot O'Leary quipped that Downton Abbey is "single handedly steering Britain out of recession".

The award was picked up by Dr Who star Karen Gillan who excitedly exclaimed: "Oh my good Lord, this means so much to me."

Speaking backstage, Gillan said:" I've had the best years of my life on this show and I don't know if I'll ever have as much fun again."

Celebrity Juice won the award for Comedy Panel Show from comedian Russell Kane, beating QI, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.

Picking up the award alongside Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton delivered a warning prior to Lemon's acceptance speech. She said: "Can we start by apologising for whatever will happen from this moment on?"


From Belfast Telegraph