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National Television Awards 2018: Doctor Foster takes two prizes

Doctor Foster

Story by Jack Foley

HIT BBC drama Doctor Foster has emerged from the 2018 National Television Awards with two of the night’s top prizes.

The series picked up the award for best drama, while leading lady Suranne Jones (pictured) won best drama performance.

The actress, who plays Gemma Foster, told the BBC afterwards that she was proud to receive nominations at the NTAs because the award winners are voted for by the public.

Another BBC hit series, nature programme Blue Planet II took home the impact award, which celebrates the most successful series on television. Sir David Attenborough was on hand to pick up the award and immediately thanked his team for their commitment to producing the show, adding: “All we were trying to do is raise an issue that is of great importance to this country and worldwide.

“This is what we are doing to our planet and if our television programme helps stir the consciences of people round the world then all of us will be very pleased.”

The BBC One series received more than 14 million viewers for its first episode and has created conversations about changing government environmental policy and, in particular, the use of plastics and how the are damaging our oceans.

ITV’s Broadchurch took home the award for best crime drama. Jodie Whittaker, the current Doctor Who, who plays a grieving mother on the show, accepted the award.

She said: “We would like to dedicate this award to the victims of sexual assault and the people who support them.”

The third and final series of the show dealt with the aftermath of a rape.

The night’s biggest winners were TV presenters Ant and Dec, who claimed another three titles to add to their ever-expanding haul.

The pair were named best presenters for the 17th time and also won the first Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award. The latter was presented for their show Saturday Night Takeaway, with Dec saying the pair were “very honoured” to receive it.

Saturday Night Takeaway beat All Round To Mrs Brown’s, Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show to win the accolade.

The Geordie duo accepted their third award – the best challenge award – for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, beating Love Island, Master Chef and The Great British Bake Off.

The awards ceremony, which took place in London, included a moving tribute celebrating the life of Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Winners in full

Factual Entertainment Programme

Danny Walters (EastEnders)

Serial Drama Performance
Lucy Fallon (Coronation Street)

Drama Performance
Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster)

TV Presenter
Ant and Dec

Daytime Programme*
This Morning

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

TV Judge
David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent)

Impact Award
David Attenborough and the Blue Planet II team

Challenge Show
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

Doctor Foster

Crime Drama

Peter Kay’s Car Share

Talent Show
Strictly Come Dancing

Special Recognition Award
Paul O’Grady