Coronation Street has won the National Television Award for Best Serial Drama at this year’s ceremony.
For the second year running, it beat off competition from its main rivals in the schedules – EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
Viewers of tonight’s programme had been voting during the show, with the Weatherfield soap eventually crowned the victor at just past 10pm this evening. Donny and Marie Osmond presented the prize to cast members including William Roache, Antony Cotton, Natalie Gumede, Jennie McAlpine and Kym Lomas.
“The competition is so strong which makes this even more meaningful,” said Roache, who has played stalwart Ken Barlow since its first episode in 1960.
Outgoing producer Phil Collinson dedicated the award to the late Bill Tarmey (the Street’s Jack Duckworth), who died last November.
Earlier in the evening, actor Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, won the award for Best Serial Drama Performance, beating co-star Michelle Keegan in the process. However, Natalie Gumede, aka Kirsty Soames, lost out to EastEnders actor David Witts in the Best Newcomer category.