TV Choice Awards: The Night Manager and Downton Abbey win the top prizes


The Night Manager and Downton Abbey were among the big winners at this year’s TV Choice Awards.

Emmerdale picked up best soap for the first time, while Ant & Dec took home their 31st and 32nd prizes.

Saturday Night Takeaway won best entertainment show and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was named best reality show.

In the soaps, EastEnders’ Lacey Turner was named best actress and Emmerdale’s Danny Miller retained best actor.

Sarah Lancashire won best actress for her role in Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire won best actress for her role in Happy Valley

Doctor Who special under way

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat told Newsbeat “we’ve just started working on the Christmas episode”.

Steven Moffat

There’s a lot of secrecy around what will feature in the special.

It’s thought there could be a link to a new spin-off show.

“It’s got a lot of heart, but it’s got a lot of brain too. Figure that one out,” teased Steven.

Pearl Mackie and peter Capaldi

Image captionPearl Mackie is going down well on set as Peter Capaldi’s new co-star

He also said they’ve got “four episodes in the can” for the new series and that the Doctor’s new assistant Pearl Mackie is “a breath of fresh air on the Tardis”.

Piers Morgan likes seeing Ant & Dec ‘crushed’

Piers Morgan

The Good Morning Britain presenter explained: “The only pleasure I get from coming to these things is to see them lose.

“I like to see their sweet little national treasure faces crushed when they hear they haven’t won their 10,000th award.”

Ant and Dec

Despite not being nominated for the awards this year, he said: “I deserve to win some of their awards, it’s about time.”

Towie for bake-off?

Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks

The Only Way Is Essex couple Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks got pretty excited about seeing star of the Great British Bake Off and best talent show winner Mary Berry.

Megan said she’d be up for doing the celebrity version of the show and says she’s “quite a good cook”.

“Maybe that’s what we can do as a couple.”

Pete, who doesn’t seem so sure of his skills in the kitchen, replied: “Where do I come into it?”

And the winners are…

Dame Barbara Windsor

Image captionDame Barbara Windsor won outstanding contribution to television