Poldark’s Aidan Turner looked happy but baffled as he accepted the Impact Award at Britain’s National Television Awards as he had no idea there was such a category.
“Thank you, I’m slightly confused, I didn’t know I was nominated for this award. I didn’t know there was an Impact Award. I’m not sure why I’m here, I’m glad to be, and who knows, this might be the only one I get so I’m delighted,” he said.
The Being Human actor is best known for this year’s TV triumph Poldark with those scything scenes.
He added: “I guess the scything scenes kind of speak for themselves, there’s little to say there, but the rest of the cast, it’s such a delight to be in this show, we have such talented people. This Impact Award isn’t just for me, it’s for all of us. Cheers, I appreciate it.”
Strictly Come Dancing reclaimed its crown as the leading talent show as it beat The X Factor at the awards.
Presenter Tess Daly said the win felt “amazing”, and thanked fans saying it “means the world to us”.
Another hotly contested category, serial drama, was won by EastEnders.
TV presenting duo Ant and Dec took home the most popular TV presenter award for the 15th year in a row.
American actor Dustin Hoffman flew in from the US to present comedian Billy Connolly with his Special Recognition Award.
Hoffman paid a touching tribute to Connolly, known affectionately in Scotland as The Big Yin.
“I’m delighted to be here to pay tribute to a man whose work I’ve always admired and whose company I always enjoy,” Hoffman said.
He said the essence of Connolly was “the unique capacity to reflect human behaviour and stand it on his head”.
An emotional Connolly said: “To Dustin for putting me in his movie, thank you all from the bottom of my heart... I’d like to particularly thank British comedians, the standard of which is rising all the time ... I love you all and thank you from the very much from the bottom of my heart.”
The final series of Downton Abbey bowed out in style as it won one of the night’s big categories, best drama, beating shows like Doctor Who, Casualty, and Broadchurch.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes called the show’s win a “happy ending”. He said: “I love happy endings and this is a very happy ending, thank you.”
The BBC’s flagship baking show, The Great British Bake Off, took home the best challenge award, beating the likes of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and The Apprentice.
Coronation Street’s Shayne Ward took home the Best Newcomer award.
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