‘Mrs Brown’s boys’ wins best comedy at TVChoice awards in London
BRENDAN O’Carroll’s hit comedy ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ won the best comedy award at last night’s TVChoice awards in London.
The comedy has proved a huge hit for both the BBC and RTE, proving a huge ratings draw for the stations.
Meanwhile EastEnders celebrated a triple success at the awards after winning gongs for Best Soap, Best Soap Actor and Best Newcomer.
The BBC1 show added to its trophy collection with prizes for show stalwart Shane Richie, who plays Alfie Moon, and Tony Discipline, who joined the cast last summer as Tyler Moon.
Coronation Street's Michelle Keegan was crowned Best Soap Actress for her portrayal of Weatherfield's Tina McIntyre.
Accepting her award at the Dorchester in London's Mayfair in a white leather knee-length dress, she said: "I'm really actually shaking. I haven't thought of anything to say because I really didn't think I was going to win it and I'm gobsmacked for the first time in my life."
Meanwhile, ITV1's Emmerdale received an Outstanding Contribution award in the year the soap celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch - who was unable to attend due to filming commitments - was named Best Actor and the hit detective show also won the gong for Best Drama.
Comic Miranda Hart won the Best Actress trophy for her performance as Chummy in Call The Midwife.
In a message read out on her behalf, she said: "This is the first prize I have won for my acting... I now feel I am a proper actress so I will drink gin in a kaftan and sit moaning about everything."
The BBC show, based on Jennifer Worth's books about working as a midwife in London's East End in the 1950s, was crowned Best New Drama - beating Channel 4's American import Homeland.
The ceremony also saw Doctor Who named Best Family Drama, but its stars Karen Gillan and Matt Smith missed out after being nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor awards.
Two of last year's winners - Keith Lemon and Jeremy Kyle - repeated the feat this year, winning Best Entertainment Show and Best Daytime Show respectively for the second year running.
Britain's Got Talent picked up the gong for Best Talent Show beating The X Factor, while I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! was named Best Reality Show.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who host both shows, picked up the awards.
McPartlin said of I'm A Celebrity: "In a couple of weeks we're going out to do series 12, so it really does mean so much to still be winning awards."