Forsyth and Jason win at TV awards


Bruce Forsyth with the Special Recognition award at the 2011 National Television Awards

It was a night for the veterans at the National Television Awards with two seasoned stars carrying off the big prizes.

There was a Special Recognition award – and a standing ovation – for Bruce Forsyth.

Meanwhile, David Jason picked up the award for Most Outstanding Drama Performance – despite earlier predicting on the red carpet he would not win.

Stephen Fry, who presented the award to Forsyth, described the showman as “a legend”. He added: “That is a word that is often overused but in this case never more deservedly.”

The star, who began his career as Boy Bruce the Mighty Atom and has done stints on The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing, joked: “This being this kind of a night, this would be a good night to announce my retirement but I’m not going to.”

Jason’s role as world-weary copper Jack Frost saw off challenges from Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister and Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch. Jason said: “This is a real turn up for the book. I just have to thank you all who voted for me.”

EastEnders was crowned top soap and also picked up awards for Most Popular Newcomer for Ricky Norwood, who plays Fatboy, and Outstanding Serial Drama Performance for Lacey Turner’s role as Stacey Slater.

Other winners included ITV1’s Benidorm which carried off the award for Most Popular Comedy Programme and Waterloo Road which won Most Popular Drama. Zen star Rufus Sewell handed out the Digital Choice award to the cast of teen comedy The Inbetweeners.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec picked up the Most Popular Entertainment Presenter award – a category they have dominated having won it for 10 years in a row. And Ashes hero Alastair Cook showed off the cricket trophy to a cheering audience, and presented the award for topical magazine show to This Morning.

Top Gear won the prize for Most Popular Factual Programme and its co-host Jeremy Clarkson said: “There hasn’t been a fact on Top Gear for seven years now, it’s just three middle-aged men falling over.”

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