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Veteran stars triumph at TV awards

Veteran stars triumphed at the National Television Awards as seasoned professionals Bruce Forsyth and Sir David Jason carried off big prizes.

While TV favourites Ant and Dec pulled off the remarkable feat of triumphing as top entertainment presenters for the 10th year in a row.

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 won the title every year since the show was revived by the BBC with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant winning the award in recent years.

And the BBC1 show has landed the popular drama prize each year since 2005, until it was beaten this year by Waterloo Road.

Forsyth was honoured with a Special Recognition award - and a standing ovation. Stephen Fry, who presented the award, described the showman as "a legend".

And Strictly host Forsyth teased the audience by pretending he was about to quit his role as the show's presenter, following reports that Vernon Kaye was keen to join his wife Tess Daly in fronting the show.

The star, who began his career as Boy Bruce the Mighty Atom and has done stints on The Generation Game, joked: "This being this kind of a night, this would be a good night to announce my retirement ... but I'm not bloody going to."

Sir David won the top actor prize for the first time since 2004 for his role as world-weary copper Jack Frost in A Touch Of Frost, which finally came to an end last year.

Jason, best known for his role as loveable wideboy Del Trotter, said: "This is a real turn up for the book. I just have to thank you all who voted for me."

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.


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