'Mrs Brown's Boys' wins Best Sitcom at UK awards show

'Mrs Brown's Boys' scooped the prize for Best Sitcom at last night's National Television Awards in the UK.

'Mrs Brown's Boys' wins Best Sitcom at UK awards show

'Mrs Brown's Boys' scooped the prize for Best Sitcom at last night's National Television Awards in the UK.

Its creator Brendan O'Carroll and his wife and co-star Jennifer Gibney were on hand to collect the award.

Last night's award comes on top of an IFTA and a BAFTA the programme has already collected.

O'Carroll thanked fans of the show, which stars many of his real-life family including his wife, his sister and his daughter, and joked: "The only person that's not in the show is my mother and that's because she is dead."

The stars of 'Coronation Street' remembered Bill Tarmey as they picked up two prizes.

The long-running ITV soap was named best serial drama and Alan Halsall, who played Tarmey's on-screen foster son Tyrone Dobbs, won the award for serial drama performance.

Accepting his award, Halsall paid tribute to Tarmey, who died last year after playing Jack Duckworth in the soap for decades, saying: "I love you pal."

Speaking backstage, he paid further tribute to Tarmey, saying the actor would be looking down on him tonight.

He said: "I'm sure he is. He'll be having a pint of Guinness for me. His wife asked me to wear his watch tonight so I've got it on.

"This is for him, he guided me literally from the start of my career at Coronation Street, he was such a huge, huge influence on my life like a second dad on screen.

"He'd be laughing at this right now, he used to say: 'None of that bloody acting'."

The show's producer Phil Collinson also paid tribute to Tarmey, saying: "This year we lost a stalwart of Coronation Street who was just so much a part of everybody's life for a long time, Bill Tarmey, and so I think we'd love to dedicate this to Bill."

Among the stars at last night's event, at the 02 in Greenwich, south-east London, were 'X Factor' judge Tulisa Contostavlos, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Olympian Chris Hoy.

'EastEnders' stars Jacqueline Jossa and Shona McGarty and the cast of 'The Only Way Is Essex' also posed for photographers as they arrived on the red carpet.

The first award, for entertainment programme went to 'I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!'.

The second went to David Attenborough's BBC natural history show 'Frozen Planet' which won best documentary series.

'QI' was named the best comedy panel show, beating competition including 'Have I Got News For You' and 'Mock The Week'.

The first big surprise of the night saw 'Merlin' star Colin Morgan win the award for the best male drama performance, beating much-fancied rivals in 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch and 'Dr Who' actor Matt Smith.

'Downton Abbey' was named best drama, beating shows including 'Sherlock' and 'Doctor Who'.

Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs Hughes in the show, paid tribute to writer Julian Fellowes, saying: "His imagination has captured the imagination of a lot of you all around the world."

'Strictly Come Dancing' was named best talent show, beating ITV rival 'The X Factor' and 'This Morning' was named best daytime programme, with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accepting the award and the award for best female drama performance went to 'Call The Midwife' star Miranda Hart.

A landmark award for coverage of London 2012 was presented to Seb Coe, Chris Hoy and David Weir.

The award for best entertainment presenter went to Ant and Dec for the 12th year running, but the Geordie duo were filming 'Britain's Got Talent' so accepted the gong via a live link.

Accepting the award from Simon Cowell, Ant said: "This is just ridiculous, 12 in a row."

The award for factual entertainment went to 'Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs'.

'EastEnders' actor David Witts, who plays Joey Branning in the BBC soap, won the newcomer award and told off members of the audience who booed when he mentioned his girlfriend in his speech, saying: "You can't boo her, she's beautiful."

The audience also saw a performance by 'X Factor' finalist Ella Henderson who sang a cover version of Cher's 'Believe'.

A special recognition award went to Joanna Lumley, with tributes being paid to the actress by her 'Absolutely Fabulous' co-star Jennifer Saunders, British Prime Minister David Cameron and film director Martin Scorsese - who cast her in this year's 'Wolf Of Wall Street'.

A film of tributes was played that included clips from her career in shows including 'Coronation Street', 'The New Avengers' and 'Absolutely Fabulous', as well as a scene from the Scorsese film where she kissed Leonardo DiCaprio.

Accepting her award, she wiped back tears and said: "I love you so much.

"This is so strange to see my life played out in front of me, I'm so touched by those things all those people said, I'm so thrilled you saw me kissing Leo!"

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