Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry was last night crowned best TV Judge at the Sun-backed National Television Awards.
The 81-year-old won following her decision to quit the hit show – last year’s most watched programme with 15.9million viewers. Mary, who decided to remain with the BBC when it was sold off to rivals Channel 4 in August, beat Simon Cowell, 57, David Walliams, 45, and Nicole Scherzinger, 38. She also won the head-to-head clash with Strictly’s head judge Len Goodman, 72, after he retired last month following 14 series. But Strictly Come Dancing won the Best Talent Show in a category against ITV rivals X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
Ant and Dec secured an NTAs hat-trick — winning in the Entertainment Programme and Challenge Show categories, as well as the TV Presenter prize for an unprecedented 16th year in a row. It means the Geordie duo, both 41, have now won a total of 34 awards at the event in the last 16 years. They saw off competition from Mel and Sue who were hotly-tipped to steal their crowns for fronting the seventh series of The Great British Bake Off, and also beat Gary Lineker, 56, James Corden, 38, and Rylan Clark-Neal, 28. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway won Entertainment Programme, wrestling back the title from themselves after four consecutive wins for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! But their show Down Under didn’t leave empty handed, as it beat Love Island, Masterchef, The Apprentice and Bake Off to be named best Challenge Show.
Emmerdale won the battle of the soaps in the Serial Drama category over Eastenders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. Its win comes on the back of massive storylines including a motorway crash and Ashley’s dementia.
Lacey Turner, 28, picked up the Serial Drama Performance award for her heart-wrenching EastEnders scenes as Stacey Slater. After giving birth to her second child, Arthur, her character suffered postpartum psychosis believing he was the Son of God leading to her eventually being sectioned.
Corrie’s Faye Brookes, 29, picked up the Best Newcomer award for her role as Kate Connor.
Sarah Lancashire, 52, won the Best Drama Performance for playing tough cop Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley. The former Corrie actress saw off Tom Hiddleston, 35, for his role in The Night Manager, Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, 40, and Jenna Coleman, 30, who played Victoria in the ITV drama.
BBC hospital series Casualty picked up Best Drama after celebrating its 30th anniversary last year. It saw of competition from Cold Feet, which returned after a 13-year break, Game of Thrones, Happy Valley and The Night Manager.
Call The Midwife was the surprise winner in the Best Period Drama category – beating both Poldark and Victoria.
Meanwhile, Brendan O’Carroll’s bawdy sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys won Best Comedy thanks to several highly-rated specials last year over The Big Bang Theory, Orange is the New Black, and long-running ITV series Benidorm.
This Morning picked up the Live Magazine Show, marking its 12th NTA win.
This Morning beats Loose Women to Best Live Magazine at the National Television Awards. The show hosted by Phillip Schofield, 54, and Holly Willoughby, 35, won in a tight category that included The One Show, Sunday Brunch, BBC Breakfast and Loose Women.
Following her win on I’m a Celebrity last month, there was more success for Queen of the Jungle Scarlett Moffatt as Gogglebox won Best Factual for the third year in a row. The 26-year-old former call centre worker helped to host the ceremony with Dermot O’Leary, 43, while taking over the awards’ social media output. Since launching in 2013, there have been eight series of the hit Channel 4 programme in which families around the country give their opinions on the week’s telly.
ITV quiz show The Chase hosted by Bradley Walsh, 56, won Best Daytime, beating its BBC rival Pointless. The Jeremy Kyle Show and Come Dine with Me lost out in the category.
Comedian and presenter Graham Norton was given the Special Recognition for his 20 years on screen with Channel 4 and later the BBC. The Let it Shine host, 53, also took over the Eurovision Song Contest commentary duties from Sir Terry Wogan in 2009.