Mary Berry emerged victorious at the NTAs 2017
The queen of baking was crowned best TV judge at the all star-studded ceremony in central London, broadcast live on ITV.
Hugely popular, the 81-year-old has opted out of the Great British Bake Off’s move from the BBC to Channel 4.
She beat off competition from the award from Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman, 72, The X Factor’s Nicole Scherzinger and Britain’s Got Talent’s David Walliams, as well as Simon Cowell, the boss of both reality TV shows, to be named best TV judge.
We have such fun doing it and thrilled you like watching it
The ceremony, held at the O2 Arena, honoured the best in the world of television as voted for by the public. TV duo Ant and Dec were named as the first winners of the night with Saturday Night Takeaway, which was named the victor in the Entertainment Programme category, beating other popular shows such as The Graham Norton Show and Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice.
Accepting the award, Ant said: “It really is our baby and, it’s a bit of a shock first award up, but what a thrill.”
Dec said: “We have such fun doing it and thrilled you like watching it.”
Mary Berry beat off competition from Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman
Later on their show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was rated by viewers as the winner in the Challenge Show category.
The pair also claimed a record 16th consecutive gong in the best TV presenter category. It was a hotly contested prize, with Bake Off duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins hoping to end the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! hosts’ reign.
Long-running BBC medical drama Casualty beat big hitters such as Game Of Thrones, The Night Manager and Happy Valley to be named the winner of the drama category.
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Mary Berry reacts to winning the Best TV Judge during the National Television Awards
Collecting the award on stage with members of the cast and crew, actress Amanda Mealing said: “Thank you very, very much all of you that voted for us, we’ve been going for 30 years, some of you have been watching from the very start and some of you are new. You are strong, you are true, you are faithful.”
Strictly Come Dancing beat off competition from ITV rivals Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor to win the Talent Show category.
After appearing on the red carpet oozing Hollywood glamour in a pink gown, This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby joined co-host Phillip Schofield to collect the prize for best Live Magazine Show.
The host of the award show Dermot O’Leary joked the blonde beauty would present the ITV show in the same dress this morning.
Ant and Dec were named the first winners of the night with Saturday Night Takeaway
The Live Magazine Show category shortlisted nominees were morning TV mainstays BBC Breakfast and This Morning, as well as The One Show, Loose Women and Sunday Brunch.
The NTAs introduced a brand new Period Drama category to highlight the huge appeal of historical sagas.
Call The Midwife took the inaugural crown, beating ITV’s Victoria and Poldark.
Peaky Blinders also received a nod in the same category, along with Netflix’s 1980s-based sci-fi horror Stranger Things, which marked the first NTAs nomination for a drama series on the internet.
Emmerdale ended EastEnders and Coronation Street’s dominance of the soap category and claimed their first NTA award.
Dermot O'Leary hosted the award show
EastEnders and Coronation Street had taken the soaps prize every year since the NTAs began.
But the moving and serious storylines propelled Emmerdale to the gong.
BC show Casualty was named as the Best Drama, beating Cold Feet, Game of Thrones and The Night Manager.
Sir Ken Dodd presented the prize to the best comedy to the stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys. The show competed against Benidorm and American programmes Orange Is The New Black and The Big Bang Theory.
Sir Ken Dodd presented the prize to the best comedy stars of Mrs Brown's Boys
Sir Ken, 89, was asked to present the award in recognition of his decades of work on stage and screen.
Sarah Lancashire’s brilliant performances in Happy Valley earned the actress the award for the best Drama Performance in 2016.
Coronation Street star Faye Brooks was named as the winner in the Newcomer category, while EastEnders actress Lacey Turner claimed the gong for best Serial Drama Performance.
Popular TV presenter Graham Norton was given a Special Recognition Award.