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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 18:09 GMT
Robinson booed at awards
Anne Robinson
Robinson is due to present a US version of "Link"
Presenter Anne Robinson was booed as she collected an award for entertainment programme of the year for her quiz show The Weakest Link on Tuesday.

Robinson, who caused upset with her comments about the Welsh on BBC Two's Room 101, took the prize at the Television and Radio Industries Club (Tric) Awards in London.

Click here to see the award winners in full

As organisers announced her arrival at the ceremony, in London's Grosvenor House Hotel, she was jeered by many of the guests.

Robinson, however, remained unfazed by the bad reception, calling it "all part of the Weakest Link pantomime".

She also refused to retract her controversial anti-Welsh remarks which included calling them "irritating".

"It was all said in jest, but I've absolutely no intention of withdrawing my comments," she said.

But actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, accepting a special award for Coronation Street's outstanding contribution to broadcasting, was not about to let Robinson off so easily.

"Thanks to all our viewers especially the Welsh ones," she said.

Jonathan Ross with Amanda Donohoe
Jonathan Ross's cheeky comments shocked the audience
Corrie celebrated its 40th birthday last year and marked the 5,000th episode of the show on 11 March.

The actress Sarah Lancashire, who is best known for her role as barmaid Raquel in The Street, beat David Jason and Pete Poslethwaite to the top drama performer award.

Lancashire also had roles in Clocking Off and Seeing Red this year.

Irish comic Graham Norton, whose Channel 4 chat show is one of TV's big hits was named personality of the year.

Jonathan Ross picked up an award for Radio Personality of the year and shocked the audience with a speech littered with four letter words.

Geri Halliwell with Lisa Anderson
Geri Halliwell presented the best music and arts programme award to the Brits producer
And he joked that he became a fan of Tric only when he knew he had been nominated for an award from them last year.

Among the guest presenters was Geri Halliwell who handed over the prize for the best music and arts programme to the Brit Awards.

Halliwell is friends with Lisa Anderson who is the Brit Producer.

"She's bright, she's attractive, she is woman power," Halliwell said as she handed over the award.

Other guests at the event included actresses Amanda Donohoe and Lynda Bellingham, model Emma Noble and TV presenter Louis Theroux.

The Tric Award winners in full

Drama TV performer - Sarah Lancashire

TV personality - Graham Norton

Sports presenter/reporter - Ally McCoist

Newscaster - Peter Sissons

New TV Talent - Craig Doyle

TV music and arts programme - The Brit Awards

Satellite/digital programme - Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show

Radio/digital radio programme - The News Huddlines

Documentary programme - Castaway 2000

TV comedy - The Royle Family

TV drama programme - Fat Friends

TV/morning daytime programme - GMTV

TV entertainment programme - The Weakest Link

Tric special award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting - Coronation Street.

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