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National TV Awards: Doctor Who scoops two prizes

Doctor Who

Story by Jack Foley

DOCTOR Who emerged as the big winner at the National TV Awards in London, winning prizes for best drama and outstanding drama performance for outgoing Doctor David Tennant.

The hit BBC 1 show picked up the best drama trophy for the fifth year in a row.

Two more past winners, TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, also took home two awards after sharing the best entertainment presenter award for the ninth year in a row.

The duo also won best entertainment programme for their Saturday Night Takeaway, beating their other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Commenting on their presenter trophy, however, McPartlin said: “In the car on the way here we said the winning streak’s got to end soon and thought it would be tonight, we really did.”

Donnelly added that they were “so pleased, so honoured and so touched” about being deemed worthy of yet another award.

Popular TV presenter Stephen Fry was another of the night’s double winners, scooping best documentary for his series Stephen Fry: In America as well as the special recognition award.

Commenting on the latter, the humble personality said: “I really am completely staggered by this, I had no idea this was going to happen. I have the highest possible belief in television at its best. I think of it as the nation’s fireplace, about which we can gather together and be lit by its light and warmed by its heat.

“It can make us feel better about each other. And it can make us feel better about ourselves.”

Winner Cowell confirms Haiti single

Among the other main prize winners at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night (January 20, 2010), was Simon Cowell, whose X Factor took the award for most popular TV talent show.

Upon receiving his trophy, the producer took the opportunity to confirm that he is organising a charity single to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake appeal.

He said: “We made a decision today. We had a request from the Prime Minister and the Sun newspaper – would we put a record together? We haven’t got an awful lot of time, but we are going to do something and attempt to raise as much money as possible.”

In the soap categories, long running ITV hit Coronation Street won best serial for the first time since 2004, beating stiff competition from EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. The show’s Craig Gazey also won best newcomer.

But Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Branning in EastEnders, took best serial drama performance.

And the BBC scored another prize when comedy Gavin and Stacey won most popular comedy programme

The most popular factual programme went to daytime TV show Loose Women.