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Doctor Who scoops two National TV awards

David Tennant
Tennant no longer plays the famous Time Lord

BBC One's Doctor Who has scooped two awards at the National TV Awards in London, including best drama for the fifth year in a row.

David Tennant, who has now quit as the Doctor, left the show on a high by winning outstanding drama performance.

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly also won two awards, as did actor and writer Stephen Fry, which included the special recognition award.

ITV's Coronation Street won best serial for the first time since 2004.

The popular soap beat off stiff competition from EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale for the prize, which is voted for on the night by members of the public.

Meanwhile, Simon Cowell, whose X Factor won most popular TV talent show, beating one of his other shows, Britain's Got Talent, confirmed 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?

Ant and Dec
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
Ant McPartlin on winning the same award nine years in a row

"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."

For the ninth year in a row, McPartlin and Donnelly shared the best entertainment presenter award.

"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," McPartlin said.

Donnelly added: "We're just so pleased, so honoured and so touched that you still think we're worthy of receiving this award."

The duo's Saturday Night Takeaway was named best entertainment programme, beating their other show, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fry, whose series Stephen Fry: In America scooped best documentary, said winning the special recognition award was a surprise.

"I really am completely staggered by this, I had no idea this was going to happen," he said.

"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."

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry also won best documentary

BBC One comedy Gavin and Stacey won most popular comedy programme and Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Branning in EastEnders, took best serial drama performance.

Coronation Street's Craig Gazey was awarded the prize for best newcomer.

The actor, who plays comedy character Graham Proctor, dedicated his award to actress Maggie Jones, who played Blanche Hunt.

"I've got to dedicate this to the very great, only just late, Maggie Jones. She was such an inspiration because she was amazing right to the end. The woman just got better and better," he said.

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

There were performances on the night from X Factor winner Joe McElderry and twin contestants John and Edward Grimes.

The duo performed a mash up of Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby and Queen's Under Pressure, which they had previously performed on the talent show.

The pair were joined on stage by Vanilla Ice.


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