Jan 22 2014
Tonight's National Television Awards kicked off with X Factor winner Sam Bailey duetting with her hero Michael Bolton on the soul classic Ain't No Mountain High Enough with the help of the school choir from documentary series Educating Yorkshire.
The other stars of the show - the teachers - were on stage 30 minutes later when it won the documentary award.
The first award, for factual entertainment, went to Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs.
Accepting his award, the star praised the production team saying: "A lot of very, very clever people go into the making of For The Love of Dogs and I can't include myself in that."
Next up was the gong for entertainment programme which was presented by diver, and co-host of ITV's Splash, Tom Daley to I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Earlier in the night, s ome of the small screen's biggest stars were on the red carpet posing for photographs and signing autographs.
Celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood and Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry were at the O2 in London.
The cast of EastEnders were also there having arrived at the event in a red double-decker London bus.
The show, which recognises the best of last year's TV, is hosted by Dermot O'Leary and broadcast by ITV.
Khali Best who plays Dexter Hartman in EastEnders won the newcomer award.
The stars of the new BBC drama The Musketeers presented the award for best performance in a TV drama to Doctor Who star Matt Smith.
He beat another on-screen doctor, Doc Martin star M artin Clunes, Call the Midwife's Miranda Hart and Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith to the prize.
His co-star Jenna Coleman and show supremo Steven Moffat accepted the award for the actor who is currently appearing in American Psycho in the West End.
Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan presented the daytime television award to ITV's This Morning.
Accepting the award, its host Phillip Schofield said: "That's a real shock for us actually. Four in a row is unbelievable."
The award for comedy went to the BBC's Mrs Brown's Boys.
Its writer and star Brendan O'Carroll said the audience had "been so generous", adding: "We just wanted to make a comedy show that makes people laugh."
Coronation Street's Julie Hesmondhalgh won the serial drama performance award for her performance in the controversial right-to-die storyline which ended with the suicide of her on-screen character, Hayley Cropper, on Monday.
Among the other actors she beat to the prize was David Neilson who plays her on-screen husband Roy.
Accepting her award with Neilson by her side, she told the audience: "We said that if either of us were lucky enough to get this tonight we'd come up together because there ain't no Hayley without Roy and there ain't no Roy without Hayley."
The climax of the plot pulled in millions more viewers and prompted an increase in calls to The Samaritans.
A peak audience of 10.6 million viewers saw Hayley take an overdose after giving up her struggle with incurable cancer - two million more than the corresponding episode the week before.