Educating Yorkshire scoops top award

Musharaf Asghar accepts the award for Best Documentary for Educating Yorkshire during the 2014 National Television Awards  Yui Mok/PA Wire
Musharaf Asghar accepts the award for Best Documentary for Educating Yorkshire during the 2014 National Television Awards Yui Mok/PA Wire

The National Television Awards thrilled Thornhill Community Academy, Dewsbury, when Educating Yorkshire won the best documentary series category.

Pupils and teachers took to the stage at the London O2 arena last night to celebrate.

Head teacher Jonny Mitchell told the audience it was amazing that at a time when teachers are getting bashed left right and centre the programme can give a little back to those hard working professionals.

Star pupil Musharaf who won the nations’ heart when he overcame a troubling stammer couldn’t control his happiness.

Geordie Duo Ant and Dec triumphed again picking up a handful of gongs and getting the royal seal of approval.

The pair, who won the entertainment presenter award for the thirteenth year running, also saw I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! which they host, win the entertainment programme award.

They finished off the night with the prestigious landmark award which came complete with a tribute from the Prince of Wales who said: “The warmth and empathy they show towards charitable causes, their viewers and their deep friendship towards one another are as great achievements as their countless and well-deserved awards. The nation has taken them to their hearts.”

It was also a good night for Coronation Street, which won the serial drama award, and actress Julie Hesmondhalgh who won the serial drama performance award.

Her character Hayley Cropper has been at the centre of the controversial right-to-die storyline which ended with her suicide on Monday.

Among the 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 we’d come up together because there ain’t no Hayley without Roy and there ain’t no Roy without Hayley.”

Accepting the serial drama award for the ITV soap, Neilson said shows like Coronation Street 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.”

The awards, hosted by Dermot O’Leary, kicked off with X Factor winner Sam Bailey duetting with her hero Michael Bolton on the soul classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough with the help of the school choir from C4 documentary series Educating Yorkshire.

Here is a full list of winners:

Factual Entertainment - Paul O’Grady: For the love of dogs.

Entertainment Programme - I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Documentary Series - Educating Yorkshire.

Newcomer - Khali Best from EastEnders.

Drama Performance - Matt Smith for Doctor Who.

Daytime - This Morning.

Comedy - Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Serial Drama Performance - Julie Hesmondhalgh for Coronation Street.

Detective - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock.

Entertainment Presenter - Ant and Dec.

Drama - Doctor Who.

Serial Drama - Coronation Street.

Landmark Award - Ant and Dec.

Talent Show - Strictly Come Dancing.