Dr Who and Noel Edmonds among winners at TV awards

IT’S what Dr Who is about: going back in time. And for the Time Lord, it was a case of repeating the success of last year’s awards at the National Television Awards.

Last night, the BBC programme won the Most Popular Drama, Most Popular Actress and Most Popular Actor awards, at the event, which is judged by TV viewers themselves. Exactly the same trio of awards was won by the drama twelve months ago.

The evening was also a triumph for ‘comeback kid’, Noel Edmonds, who actually had never won a National Television Award prior to last night, when his Deal or No Deal, on Channel 4, picked up Best Daytime Show.

He had to beat off the challenge of The New Paul O’Grady Show, This Morning and TV soap, Neighbours, to take the honours.

Also among the winners were Top Gear, whose presenter, Richard Hammond, is recovering from an accident while filming, which won the Factual Award.

Channel 4’s Big Brother won the Reality title for the third year running, beating Celebrity Big Brother, The Apprentice and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The big wins were:

Most Popular Actress

Billie Piper, Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Most Popular Actor

David Tennant, The Doctor, Doctor Who

Most Popular Daytime Programme

Deal Or No Deal

Most Popular Comedy

Little Britain

Most Popular TV Contender

Nikki, Big Brother

Most Popular Factual

Top Gear

Most Popular Newcomer

Charlie Clements, Bradley Branning, EastEnders

Most Popular Entertainment Presenters

Ant and Dec

Most Popular Drama

Doctor Who

Most Popular Quiz

Ant and Dec’s Gameshow Marathon

Most Popular Entertainment

The X Factor

Most Popular Reality

Big Brother

Most Popular Serial Drama