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NTAs 2018: Ant and Dec win big with three awards

NTAs 2018: Ant and Dec win big with three awards
From BBC - January 23, 2018

Ant and Dec were the biggest winners at this year's National Television Awards, taking home three titles.

The pair were named best presenters for the 17th time and also won the first Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.

Ant said being honoured again "really means a lot" after a "tough year" in which he spent time in rehab and saw his marriage come to an end.

Doctor Foster picked up the award for best drama with Suranne Jones winning best drama performance.

Jones, who plays Gemma Foster in the hit drama, told the BBC she was proud of receiving nominations at the NTAs because the award winners are voted for by the public.

"I ca not believe we are here for a second season, it was wonderful enough that we were here for season one and it was a bit of a risk to make number two when something was so popular," she said.

She also showed her support for the ceremony's gender neutral award categories, which have been in place since 2014.

There was a moving tribute celebrating the life of Sir Bruce Forsyth ahead of the announcement of the entertainment award winner, which was created in his memory.

Ant and Dec won for their show Saturday Night Takeaway, with Dec saying the pair were "very honoured".

Saturday Night Takeaway beat All Round To Mrs Brown's, Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show to win the accolade.

"Performing with Brucie was the highlight of our career and we miss him terribly," Dec told the audience.

Ant added that alongside filming a new series of Saturday Night Takeaway, they were also working on a tribute to Sir Bruce.

'A lie down'

The Geordie duo accepted I am A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here's best challenge award - one of this year's most hotly contested categories.

It was up against Love Island, Master Chef and the Great British Bake Off.

Focus on plastics

Winners in full

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