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Doctor Who is Bafta award winner
Billie Piper
Billie Piper collected Doctor Who's awards
The BBC's Doctor Who and Bleak House have triumphed at the British Academy Television Awards.

They each won two awards at the London ceremony, including best drama series for Doctor Who, and best drama serial.

ITV's The X-Factor took the best entertainment series prize, political comedy The Thick of It won two awards, and EastEnders won best soap.

Comeback TV presenter Noel Edmonds failed to clinch his first Bafta, losing out to Jonathan Ross.

It was a sad note for the Deal Or No Deal host, who has been a big hit with audiences on the Channel 4 show.

Anna Maxwell Martin said she did not expect to win
Anna Maxwell Martin said she did not expect to win

Speaking after receiving the entertainment performance Bafta for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Ross said: "I feel sad about that because I wish Noel had won tonight.

"He does a tremendous job on Deal or No Deal. It's a brilliant format but what really makes it so watchable and so entertaining is Noel's presence.

"I kind of wish he won, which probably makes it worse for him."

Doctor Who's Billie Piper, who plays the Time Lord's sidekick Rose Tyler, accepted the award for best drama series on stage with a dalek.

The BBC One programme also took the Pioneer Audience Award, which was voted for by TV viewers, which Piper described as "a treat".

I didn't particularly want to beat Gillian Anderson
Anna Maxwell Martin, best actress winner

Speaking afterwards, Doctor Who writer Russell T Davis said: "It's lovely, it's gobsmacking, it's a programme that children watch and the family watch."

The BBC's Charles Dickens adaptation Bleak House, which had been nominated in four categories, also claimed the best actress award thanks to Anna Maxwell Martin's performance.

She beat fellow Bleak House star Gillian Anderson to the prize.

"I never expected to win," Maxwell Martin said after collecting her award.

"I didn't particularly want to beat Gillian Anderson. I think she's the most worthy of all of us in that particular category and obviously she's an incredible actress."

Actor Dennis Lawson, who played Mr Jarndyce in the critically acclaimed period drama, lost out on the best actor Bafta to Mark Rylance for The Government Inspector.

Jonathan Ross
Ross praised Noel Edmonds when accepting his Bafta

The Government Inspector, Channel 4's drama about the Dr David Kelly affair, also took the award for best single drama.

Sir Alan Sugar beamed when his show, The Apprentice, beat Dragon's Den, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Top Gear to the best feature award.

And it was also a good night for Jamie Oliver whose Jamie's School Dinners took the best factual series award and the Richard Dimbleby Award for outstanding presenter of a factual programme.

BBC Four political comedy The Thick Of It took the award for best sitcom, along with best comedy performance for Chris Langham.

Langham said: "If it wasn't for the fact that she hates having attention drawn to her I would like to thank my wife for being the most loyal, constant and honourable friend a person could have."

Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver received a standing ovation from the audience

He added: "I'm deeply grateful, it [the award] really means a lot to me."

EastEnders beat off strong competition from Coronation Street, Casualty and Holby City to win the continuing drama award for the first time in four years.

The gong was handed over by ITV's This Morning presenter Fern Britten to Shane Richie.

The X-Factor was announced as the winner of the Best Entertainment Programme, beating Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News For You, and Strictly Come Dancing.

Other winners at the ceremony included BBC Two's Help in the best comedy series category, beating The Catherine Tate Show, Little Britain and Creature Comforts.

Writer-director Ken Loach said he was "touched and very moved" to receive the Bafta Academy Fellowship.

He said: "It's a very overwhelming moment."




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