Tuesday 25 September 2018

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway triumphs at TV Choice Awards

The awards were given out at a glitzy ceremony in London.

Anthony ‘Ant’ McPartlin (left) and Declan ‘Dec’ Donnelly (PA)
Anthony ‘Ant’ McPartlin (left) and Declan ‘Dec’ Donnelly (PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Correspondent

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway has won the coveted best entertainment show prize at the TV Choice Awards.

The programme beat the likes of Celebrity Juice, Gogglebox and The Graham Norton Show to take home the trophy.

The win comes after McPartlin took a step back from TV commitments and public appearances following a drink-driving charge earlier this year.

The awards, voted for by the public, celebrate the best of the last 12 months in television and see gongs given out in several categories.

Other winners include Strictly Come Dancing, which waltzed off with the best talent show prize. It beat shows including Britain’s Got Talent, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off to the accolade.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2018 judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli, Dame Darcey Bussell (Ray Burmiston)

In the soap categories, Coronation Street scooped the sought after best soap prize after a year of big storylines, including the Pat Phelan murders.

Emmerdale took home two gongs – Ned Porteous was named best newcomer while fellow cast member Emma Atkins clinched best actress.

Gangland drama Peaky Blinders was also a double winner at the glitzy event in London, which was hosted by Richard Osman.

The show triumphed in the best drama and best actor (Cillian Murphy) categories.

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Cillian Murphy (PA)

Best actress went to Michelle Keegan for her military drama Our Girl.

Benidorm’s victory in the best comedy category was particularly sweet, as the series is bowing out after 10 series.

The awards were held at The Dorchester on Park Lane, London.

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