Line of Duty, Doctor Who and Ant and Dec triumph at the Freesat Free TV Awards 2014
| 19 June 2014
In what is a fitting tribute as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, Doctor Who was the undoubted star of the Freesat Free TV Awards, scooping the prize for Best of British TV programme or series.
The awards, which are designed to celebrate the best in free TV, also saw BBC Two's drama Line of Duty named Best TV Drama, with lead actor Keeley Hawes taking to the stage to collect the award. The judges said that the show had featured "breathtaking performances" and that "in a world of box sets, we enjoyed watching TV in the usual way, staying in every Wednesday night to find out what would happen next".
ITV took home three awards, with Best Live TV Programme or Series going to Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which the judges said had delivered "Extraordinary ambition, week after week". Ant and Dec also won Personality of the Year, for the second year in a row, and Coronation Street was named Best British TV Soap.
BBC Two won the Freesat Channel of the Year award, as judges praised the channel for "firing on all cylinders; with strong dramas, great comedy and expertise in every territory from science to history". As well as Line of Duty, BBC Two also won for Best TV Sitcom, with James Corden and Mathew Baynton's The Wrong Mans.
"I never fail to be impressed with the outstanding quality of great free Television and Radio on Freesat," commented Freesat managing director Emma Scott. "This year in particular has been a truly amazing one for TV drama, so we're particularly proud to see Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor and Line of Duty recognised as our winners from a fantastically strong field. "