BBC Scotland's Mrs Brown's Boys collected another tribute tonight, sealing the best comedy title at the National Television Awards.

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."

The show, which recognises the best of last year's TV, is hosted by Dermot O'Leary and broadcast by ITV.

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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!

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 Martin 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."

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.

Kiefer Sutherland handed out the award for best detective to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared in a video-link from Los Angeles - dressed in a dinner jacket and shorts - and said he was "over the moon".

This year's Strictly Come Dancing winner Abbey Clancy was reunited on stage for a performance with some of the show's professional dancers including her partner in the series Aljaz Skorjanec and judges Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The award for entertainment presenter went to Geordie duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

The pair, better known as Ant and Dec, won for the thirteenth year in a row.

Accepting the award, Donnelly said "it was particularly nerve-wracking tonight because it's 13".

He said: "It still means such a huge amount to us."

McPartlin said: "We'll keep coming as long as you keep voting".

Brazilian model Fernanda Lima, who hosted the World Cup draw, joined England football manager Roy Hodgson to present the drama award to Doctor Who.

Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald in the long-running science fiction show, said: "Fifty years and still going strong. Well done Who."

ITV's Coronation Street won the serial drama award, beating shows including its BBC rival EastEnders.

Accepting the award, Neilson said soaps can "create a feeling of community".

He said: "Occasionally you get a huge reaction from a story and you realise how important these shows are because when people laugh together, cry together you get community."