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The spoils and the limelight at the National TV Awards were shared equally by cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, EastEnders and car programme Top Gear, with each show receiving two prizes.
Appearances by Timelord David Tennant and presenter Richard Hammond, now recovered from his crash of a year ago, caused feverish excitement at the Royal Albert Hall event, more than making up for the absence of cheeky chappies Ant and Dec, busy at work in Los Angeles.
It took David, accompanied by sidekick Freema Agyeman, a full 20 minutes to navigate the red carpet, as fans clamoured his name and begged for autographs.
A parade of elegantly dressed TV beauties also got an enthusiastic reception from onlookers. Among them were Rovers Return barmaid Kym Marsh, crowned most popular newcomer, and Lacey Turner, who took the top actress prize for her role as Stacey on EastEnders.
Ant and Dec weren't entirely forgotten, either, as they accepted three gongs via a live video link. Their shows I'm A Celebrity… and Saturday Night Takeaway won in the reality and entertainment categories, while they were also named best hosts.