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South Bank Show honour for Elbow

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Mercury Prize-winning band Elbow have been honoured at the annual South Bank Show Awards in London.

The sensitive Manchester band were named winners of the pop award ahead of Laura Marling and Estelle.

Bafta-nominated movie Hunger won the film award at the ceremony and Channel 4's The Devil's Whore picked up the prize for best TV drama.

Theatre producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh was presented with an award for outstanding achievement.

Last year's winner of the comedy award, Gavin & Stacey lost out to series two of Pulling.

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard presented Linda Grant with the award for literature for The Clothes on Their Backs and legendary pianist Alfred Brendel scooped the classical music award for his Retirement Concerts.

Guests including Ronnie Wood, Sophie Ellis Bextor and John Hurt were entertained to live music performances from Michael Ball, Nigel Kennedy and indie rockers Razorlight.

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Comedy actress Sharon Horgan wrote and starred in Pulling

The theatre award went to the Donmar Warehouse for the revival of Othello starring Ewan McGregor and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The opera award, presented by Bryn Terfel, went to the English National Opera and the Young Vic.

Urban artist Mohammed Ali, known for his merging graffiti style with Islamic art, accepted the diversity award from Freema Agyeman.

Wayne McGregor won in the dance category and Peter Doig won the visual arts award for his exceptional work at Tate Britain.

Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen presented the breakthrough award to dancer Aaron Sillis, who starred in choreographer Matthew Bourne's rewrite of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The South Bank Show Awards will be broadcast on ITV1 on 28 January.

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