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Ant and Dec win three TV Awards
Ant and Dec
Ant and Dec were not at the show owing to filming schedules

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have won three categories at the National Television Awards, which have been held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Their ITV1 series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was top reality show and the duo were named best hosts.

Their Saturday Night Takeaway show, one of several ITV1 hits to be caught up in a recent phone-in scandal, received the prize for best entertainment programme.

Doctor Who won two awards, including best drama for the third year running.

"Thank you for watching it; thank you for enjoying it," David Tennant, who plays the Doctor, told viewers in one of his acceptance speeches.

"I'm having the time of my life and I'm so glad you're enjoying it," he said.

Best soap

McPartlin and Donnelly were unable to attend the ceremony as they were in Los Angeles, on the way to Australia to film the next series of I'm a Celebrity...

Instead, they used a live satellite link-up to accept their awards.

McPartlin sent out a "massive heartfelt thank you to everybody who voted for us".

"We are over the moon," he added.

Jeremy Clarkson
I was a bit miffed that Al Gore won the peace certificate [Nobel Prize]. This more than makes up for it
Jeremy Clarkson

Earlier this month it emerged that two of the pair's shows, Saturday Night Takeaway and Ant and Dec's Gameshow Marathon, had deceived viewers.

Winners of contests on each programme were not chosen at random, as advertised.

The pair were executive producers of Saturday Night Takeaway but insisted they had no knowledge of what had taken place.

In Wednesday night's speeches from Los Angeles, neither star apologised for the scandal, despite rumours backstage they would do so.

Donnelly did, however, say it had been "quite a couple of weeks".

He paid tribute to ITV, the staff working on his shows and viewers, adding: "Thank you to everybody that has taken the time to vote for us. We are very grateful."

BBC One's EastEnders won two awards - best popular serial, commonly known as soaps, and best actress. This went to Lacey Turner, seen in the show as Stacey.

Former Hear'Say singer Kym Ryder was named most popular newcomer for her role as barmaid Michelle Connor in Coronation Street.

Special recognition

For the second year running the BBC Two motoring series Top Gear won best factual show.

This time presenter Richard Hammond was able to collect the award in person. Last year he was unable to attend as he was recovering from a high-speed crash which occurred during filming.

Racing driver Lewis Hamilton presented another Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson, with the special recognition award.

On accepting the trophy, Clarkson joked: "I was a bit miffed that Al Gore won the peace certificate [Nobel Prize]. This more than makes up for it."

Lacey Turner
EastEnders star Lacey Turner took home the prize for best actress

He revealed he had "no idea" he was to collect the award, before congratulating Hamilton on his own "phenomenal year" in Formula One.

Little Britain's David Walliams and Matt Lucas, winners last year, donned their Lou and Andy costumes to present the best comedy award.

That went to The Catherine Tate Show, although Tate did not attend the event.

The X Factor picked up the gong for best talent show, which viewers were invited to vote for while the ceremony was broadcast.

Veteran newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald hosted the awards, all of which were decided by a public vote.

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