Sunday 13 July 2014

Delight as Brendan O’Carroll wins at British TV awards

Published 23/01/2013|20:09

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Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney with the Best Situation Comedy Award for Mrs Brown's Boys, in the press room at the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

IRISH comedian Brendan O’Carroll has added another gong to his heaving awards cabinet after ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ was named best sitcom at the National Television Awards.

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The show was in the front-running for the award, which is voted for by British viewers, and follows a BAFTA win last year.

Sporting a bright pink bowtie and a polkadot waistcoat, the Dubliner took to the stage at the O2 in London alongside members of the cast.

After winning he said, 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."

A ratings juggernaut, the comedy’s Christmas special pulled in over 1.8m Irish viewers over two nights on RTE and over 17m when it was screened on the BBC.

The 57-year-old Dubliner has announced that there won’t be a fourth series of the sitcom next year as he concentrates on taking the characters to the big screen.

Armagh actor Colin Morgan (27) fought off competition from Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Sherlock’ and ‘ Doctor Who’s’ Matt Smith to scoop the award for best male drama performance for his role in the BBC1 series ‘ Merlin’.

Morgan said he had a "fantastic time" making the programme, which was axed by the BBC last year.

Also nominated for an award was Dublin actor Emmett Scanlan (32) who plays villain Brendan Brady in Channel Four’s soap ‘Hollyoaks’. He was shortlisted for best serial drama performance but lost out to Alan Halsall of Coronation Street.

Host Dermot O'Leary kicked off the show, which was shown on ITV, with a spoof of Daniel Craig's appearance as James Bond in the Olympic opening ceremony - complete with David Walliams as Javier Bardem's Bond villain from Skyfall.

The first award, for entertainment programme, was presented by The Great British Bake Off stars Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry to I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Two of the contestants who survived last year's stint in the jungle, Helen Flanagan and Ashley Roberts, picked up the award and explained the show's winner Charlie Brooks could not make the awards because she was with a friend who was giving birth.

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

Professor Brian Cox presented the gong to Joanne Lumley who accepted the award on behalf of Sir David who is filming in China.

She said: "To me he is, as I guess he is to most of you, a complete hero".

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

The award was accepted by some of the show's stars including Alan Davies who said: "This is really quite a big surprise to us because we've been making the show for 10 years and I think they must have added up all the votes for the last 10 years and then we've just cashed them in tonight".

Morgan said he had a "fantastic time" making the programme, which was axed by the BBC last year.

This Morning was named best daytime programme, with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accepting the award.

Schofield thanked Willoughby, who he called "the lady I love getting up with and for in the morning", and said this year's win was "certainly the most emotional".

Girls Aloud star - and one of this year's Strictly Come Dancing contestants - Kimberley Walsh performed her debut solo single, One Day I'll Fly Away, before the award for best female drama performance went to Call The Midwife star Miranda Hart.

Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes accepted the award on behalf of Hart, who is in Australia, and read a message from her saying she was "properly thrilled and very grateful".

She joked: "Please give my award for safekeeping to Gary Barlow who since snogging me on my show is totally smitten and will be taking me as a lover".

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

Nigel Havers presented the award for serial drama performance to his Coronation Street co-star Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone in the ITV soap.

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

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.

He said he had not prepared a speech because he had not expected to win, and added: "I'm just pleased to be here."

The audience also saw a performance by X Factor finalist Ella Henderson who sang a cover version of Cher's Believe, before the the award for situation comedy went to Mrs Brown's Boys.

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

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