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Old and new stars win comedy awards

Comedy stars old and new were honoured with accolades at the 2011 British Comedy Awards.

The ceremony saw gongs given to veteran comic Victoria Wood, who picked up the best female television comic award, as well as the young cast of The Inbetweeners, who were given an outstanding achievement award.

Stewart Lee was one of the main winners of the night, picking up trophies for best male television comic and best comedy entertainment programme during the ceremony at London's Fountain Studios, hosted by Jonathan Ross and screened live on Channel 4.

Miranda Hart, star of the BBC sitcom that bears her first name, had been nominated for four awards and walked away with one -- picking up the best comedy actress title for the second year in a row.

She said she was "shell-shocked" to win and had not prepared anything to say in her acceptance speech.

Hart said instead of partying the night away, she wanted to "get home as quickly as possible, put the kettle on and get in my onesie".

The viewers' award for queen or king of comedy went to Sarah Millican, who was not at the ceremony but said in a live link-up that she was "thrilled" to receive it.

The best comedy panel show award went to the recently axed Shooting Stars.

Lee Evans walked away with The Channel 4 gong for special contribution to comedy.