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Eastenders beats Coronation Street at the Royal Television Awards

Eastenders beats Coronation Street at the Royal Television Awards

They may have battled an hour-long live episode, survived a tram crash and a murder-or-few, but these dramatic storylines were not enough to bag Coronation Street the Soap & Continuing Drama award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards last night.

The soap lost out to Eastenders who were praised for their storylines by judges, particularly the one following the death of Billie Jackson. Judges said the soap was of, "A real class above the rest with a stunning central performance from Lindsay Coulson." Lindsay being the brilliant actress who plays Carol Jackson.

Other triumphs and air-punching moments came to the likes of Simon Cowell and his X Factor gang who scooped Best Entertainment Series - beating Davina McCall's A Million Pound Drop and Ant and Dec who won an Entertainment Performance award for their double-act on I'm A Celebrity. And even Louie Spence and Andrew Stone got shown some love as Pineapple Dance Studios won the Features and Lifestyle series category.

Even Professor Brian Cox took home a little trophy - beating Piers Morgan to be Best Presenter.

All-in-all though, it sounds like a good night was had by everyone attending (including heat's very own Boyd Hilton). But it was Michelle Keegan who stole the beauty limelight in a lovely full-length grey gown.

Other winners from the night include:

Actor (Female)
Vicky McClure - This Is England '86 (Channel 4)

Actor (Male)
Jim Broadbent - Any Human Heart (Channel 4)

Scripted Comedy
Miranda (BBC Two)

Comedy Performance
Miranda Hart - Miranda (BBC Two)

Daytime and Early Peak Programme
The Indian Doctor (BBC One)

Documentary Series
Welcome To Lagos (BBC Two)

Single Documentary
Between Life And Death (BBC One)

Drama Serial
Five Daughters (BBC One)

Drama Series
Sherlock (BBC One)

Single Drama
The Road To Coronation Street (BBC Four)

The X Factor (ITV1)

Entertainment Performance
Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV1)

Features And Lifestyle Series
Pineapple Dance Studios (Sky1 HD)

Soap & Continuing Drama
EastEnders (BBC One)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Bennett-Jones


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