Jan 24 2013
The stars of Coronation Street have remembered Bill Tarmey as they picked up two prizes at the National Television Awards.
The long-running ITV soap was named best serial drama and Alan Halsall, who played Tarmey's on-screen foster son Tyrone Dobbs, won the award for serial drama performance.
Accepting his award, Halsall paid tribute to Tarmey, who died last year after playing Jack Duckworth in the soap for decades, saying: "I love you pal."
Speaking backstage, he paid further tribute to Tarmey, saying the actor would be looking down on him. He said: "I'm sure he is. He'll be having a pint of Guinness for me. His wife asked me to wear his watch tonight so I've got it on.
"This is for him, he guided me literally from the start of my career at Coronation Street, he was such a huge, huge influence on my life like a second dad on screen.He'd be laughing at this right now, he used to say, 'none of that bloody acting'."
The first award, for entertainment programme went to I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Two of the contestants who survived last year's stint in the jungle, Helen Flanagan and Ashley Roberts, picked up the award explaining the show's winner Charlie Brooks could not make it because she was with a friend who was giving birth.
QI was named the best comedy panel show, beating competition including Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. Alan Davies said: "This is really quite a big surprise to us because we've been making the show for 10 years and I think they must have added up all the votes for the last 10 years and then we've just cashed them in tonight."
The first big surprise of the night saw Merlin star Colin Morgan win the award for the best male drama performance, beating much-fancied rivals in Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr Who's Matt Smith.Morgan said he had a "fantastic time" making the programme, which was axed by the BBC last year.
Downton Abbey was named best drama, beating shows including Sherlock and Doctor Who. Strictly Come Dancing was named best talent show, beating ITV rival The X Factor.
This Morning was named best daytime programme, with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accepting the award and the award for best female drama performance went to Call The Midwife star Miranda Hart.