National Television Awards
National Television Awards

Downton Abbey was named Best Drama at the 18th annual National Television Awards, beating out shows like Sherlock, Merlin and Doctor Who. The awards ceremony was held at the O2 Arena in London. Strictly Come Dancing was also a winner on the night, beating Simon Cowell's X Factor for Best Talent Show.

'It's Strictly's 10th year this year and this is the icing on the cake," presenter Tess Daly said after winning, adding that she was "thrilled to bits" after winning the award. The 43-year-old also paid tributes to co-host Sir Bruce Forsyth, who was not present at the ceremony.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were crowned Best Entertainment Presenters for the 12th year in a row. ITV's This Morning was named Best Daytime Programme for the fourth time and host Philip Schofield said this award meant "the most".

"To our viewers who supported us through thick and thin - sometimes so thin we almost fell through, we say thank you," he added.

Coronation Street retained the award for Best Serial Drama, with Alan Halsall picking up recognition as Best Serial Drama Performance.

Meanwhile, Sir Chris Hoy and David Weir received awards for their work in organising and covering the London Olympics 2012.

The event was hosted by Dermot O'Leary and David Walliams and the audience also saw performances by X Factor finalist Ella Henderson who sang a cover version of Cher's Believe, Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh and Pudsey.

All the winners at the ceremony were voted by the public.

Winners at National Television Awards 2013

  • Entertainment Programme - I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
  • Documentary Series - Frozen Planet
  • Comedy Panel Show - QI
  • Drama Performance (Male) - Colin Morgan (Merlin)
  • Drama Performance (Female) - Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife)
  • Daytime - This Morning
  • Landmark - London 2012 (Lord Sebastian Coe, David Weir, Chris Hoy)
  • Serial Drama Performance - Alan Halsall (CoronationStreet)
  • Entertainment Presenter - Ant & Dec
  • Factual Entertainment - Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
  • Newcomer - David Witts (EastEnders)
  • Situation Comedy - Mrs Brown's Boys
  • Drama - Downton Abbey
  • Talent Show - Strictly Come Dancing
  • Special Recognition - Joanna Lumley
  • Serial Drama - Coronation Street