'Downton Abbey' claimed the evening's biggest prize at the National TV Awards, scooping the prize for Best Drama from 'Sherlock', 'Merlin' and 'Doctor Who'.

The hotly-contested Award for Best Serial Drama (which everyone in the real world knows as a 'Soap') went this year to 'Coronation Street'.

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A delighted Alan Halsall collects his award from fellow 'Coronation Street' veteran Nigel Havers

It was a good night for the cobbles, with Alan Halsall beating his 'Corrie' co-star Michelle Keegan to take home the Best Serial drama performance, after a tumultuous year for his character Tyrone.

Best Talent Show was 'Strictly Come Dancing' with the gong collected by a triumphant Tess Daley.

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Ant and Dec kept the bookies happy with their continuing reign on the award for Best Entertainment Presenter. This gave them an astonishing twelve in a row - is it time yet to retire this particular contest?

But 'EastEnders' got its own back with the Best Newcomer award going to popular David Witts, for his role as Joey Branning on the Square.

A high point of the evening was when Lord Sebastian Coe accepted a landmark award on behalf of all the Olympians and Paralympians involved in London 2012.

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EastEnders' David Witts was the only winner from Albert Square, awarded as Best Newcomer

'Merlin's lead Colin Morgan carried off Best Dramatic Male Performance, while the female version went to Miranda Hart for her role of Chummy in 'Call the Midwife'.

Ashley Roberts and Helen Flanagan collected the gong for Best Entertainment Programme on behalf of 'I'm a Celeb', and Helen, who proved so loquacious during her time in the jungle, for some reason left Ashley to do the talking on this occasion.

Miranda Hart was a surprise win in the Best Performance By A Female for her role of Chummy in 'Call the Midwife'. Although she was absent from the event, she sent a note asking that her award be giving to Gary Barlow, her 'Miranda' co-star, for safekeeping.

Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were popular winners of the Best Daytime Programme for the evergreen 'This Morning', taking home the award for the fourth year.

Performers included Kimberly Walsh, singing Randy Crawford's ballad 'One Day I'll Fly Away', X Factor loser Ella Henderson belting out Cher's 'I Believe' and Pudsey giving it Gangnam style.

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    Tulisa Contostavlos and Nicole Scherzinger during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Dermot O'Leary during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    The cast of Downton Abbey accept the award for Best Drama during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Colin Moran accepts the award for Best Male Drama performance for Merlin during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Ashley Roberts and Helen Flanagan accept the award for Best Entertainment Programme for "Im a celebrity get me out of here" during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    James Argent, Joey Essex, Sam Faiers, Billie Faiers and Jessica Wright during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Ashley Roberts and Helen Flanagan during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Joanna Lumley accepts the award for Best Documentary for "Frozen Planet" during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Ashley Roberts and Helen Flanagan during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Professor Brian Cox during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Dermot O'Leary during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Darcey Bussell and Dermot O'Leary during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accept the award for Best Factual Programme for This Morning during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Alan Hallsall celebrates winning Best Serial drama Performance during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Alan Hallsall celebrates winning Best Serial drama Performance during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Nigel Havers presents Alan Halsall with his award for Best Serial Drama Performance during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Clare Balding during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Nigel Havers presents the award for Best Serial Drama Performance during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Chris Hoy accepts his Landmark Award during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Chris Hoy, Lord Sebastian Coe, and David Weir on stage as the London 2012 olympic games are recognized during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Chris Hoy on stage as the London 2012 olympic games are awarded during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Lord Seb Coe and Clare Balding during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Chris Hoy accepts his Landmark Award during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Dermot O'Leary during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Sebastian Coe during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Dermot O'Leary during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Keith Lemmon during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Pudsey the dog and owner Ashleigh Butler perform Gangnam Style during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Dermot O'Leary on stage during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey performing during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Gary Barlow and Caroline Flack during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Pudsey the dog and owner Ashleigh Butler perform Gangnam Style during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Chris Hoy, David Weir and Lord Sebastian Coe during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Pudsey the dog and owner Ashleigh Butler perform Gangnam Style during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Sir Chris Hoy, David Weir and Lord Sebastian Coe during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Clare Balding on stage during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Gary Barlow and Julian Fellowes during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Clare Balding on stage during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Pudsey the dog and owner Ashleigh Butler perform Gangnam Style during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Pudsey the dog and owner Ashleigh Butler perform Gangnam Style during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Pudsey the dog and owner Ashleigh Butler perform Gangnam Style during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Clare Balding on stage during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Clare Balding on stage during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Nicole Scherzinger during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Nicole Scherzinger presents an award during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Nicole Scherzinger presents an award during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Claire Cooper, Jorgie Porter and Kieron Richardson during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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    Nick Grimshaw during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.