‘Top Gear,’ ‘The Inbetweeners’ Win National Television Awards

The Inbetweeners

While it was a big night for Britain’s X Factor and long-running soap opera EastEnders, some of BBC America’s own earned prizes at the 16th annual National Television Awards in London on Wednesday night (January 26).

BBC News reports that BAFTA-winning comedy The Inbetweeners grabbed the Digital Choice award just a mere four days after taking the Best Sitcom gong at the British Comedy Awards.

Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson was supposedly shocked by the show’s win for Most Popular Factual Program and joked, “There hasn’t been a fact on ‘Top Gear’ for seven years now.”

Other NTA prezzies were claimed by Britain’s Got Talent MCs Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly a.k.a. Ant & Dec, who were crowned the Most Popular Entertainment Presenter for a record 10th year in a row. The UK version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! was also chosen as the Most Popular Entertainment Program.

Unfortunately, Doctor Who saw its six-year reign in the Most Popular Drama category come to an end when the beloved sci-fi series was bested by BBC’s Waterloo Road. Current Time Lord Matt Smith also lost out to Sir David Jason of A Touch of Frost fame for Most Outstanding Drama Performance.

Check out the ceremony’s awesome opening intro, which featured the Doctor himself assisting NTA host Dermot O’Leary with his show arrival. Graham Norton, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and a few others also make a cameo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE_kqOVtEs0&feature=player_embedded#!

Since 1995, the National Television Awards have left it up to the fans to determine the winners in a public poll. For a complete list of this year’s victors, check out their official site.