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Downton Abbey finale named best drama at National Television Awards

Downton Abbey, Christmas Special

Story by Jack Foley

THE final season of Downton Abbey has won best drama at the 2016 National Television Awards.

The ITV period drama, created by Julian Fellowes, beat the likes of BBC’s Doctor Who and ITV’s Broadchurch to win the prize for the fourth time in five years.

Upon picking up the prize with many of his fellow cast members, Hugh Bonneville – who plays family patriarch Robert Crawley – thanked Fellowes for “giving us wonderful lines to say”.

BBC One show The Great British Bake Off was named best challenge show for a second consecutive year, while BBC comedy Peter Kay’s Car Share took the best comedy prize ahead of Benidorm, Birds Of A Feather and Not Going Out.

And Doctor Foster was named best new drama ahead of Humans, Ordinary Lives and Poldark.

Of the acting awards, Shayne Ward was named best newcomer for his role in ITV soap Coronation Street, while Danny Dyer took the serial drama performance for EastEnders.

Comedian Billy Connolly was also be presented with a special prize at the ceremony by his friend Dustin Hoffman, in honour of his 50-year career.

The winners at a glance (winners appear in bold)

Talent Show
Britain’s Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
The Voice UK
The X Factor

Challenge Show
The Great British Bake Off
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive
MasterChef
The Apprentice

Serial drama
Coronation Street
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Comedy
Peter Kay’s Car Share
Benidorm
Birds Of A Feather
Not Going Out

Drama
Downton Abbey
Broadchurch
Casualty
Doctor Who

New drama
Doctor Foster
Humans
Ordinary Lies
Poldark

Factual entertainment
DIY SOS: The Big Build
Gogglebox
Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
Top Gear

Live magazine show
This Morning
BBC Breakfast
Loose Women
The One Show

Drama performance
Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster)
Sheridan Smith (Black Work)
David Tennant (Broadchurch)
Aidan Turner (Poldark)

Entertainment programme
I’m A Celebrity‚Ķ Get Me Out Of Here!
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Celebrity Juice
The Graham Norton Show

Newcomer
Shayne Ward (Coronation Street)
Gemma Atkinson (Emmerdale)
Richard Blackwood (EastEnders)
Parry Glasspool (Hollyoaks)

Serial drama performance
Danny Dyer (EastEnders)
Alison King (Coronation Street)
Michael Parr (Emmerdale)
Rakhee Thakrar (EastEnders)

International
The Big Bang Theory
Game Of Thrones
Orange Is The New Black

Daytime
The Chase
Pointless
The Jeremy Kyle Show
The Paul O’Grady Show

TV presenter
Ant & Dec
Graham Norton
Mel & Sue
Rylan Clark

Impact/TV moment
Aiden Turner, Poldark