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Mrs Brown's Boys a big winner at the National Television Awards

It was the Brendan O’Carroll creation’s fourth win for Best Comedy in five years.

National Television Awards 2017 - Press Room - London Brendan O'Carroll at last night's awards ceremony in London Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment / EMPICS Entertainment

THERE WAS SOMETHING of an Irish feel to the UK’s National Television Awards in London last night, with both Mrs Brown’s Boys and Graham Norton among the winners.

Brendan O’Carroll’s unstoppable sitcom collected the award for Best Comedy in a category including The Big Bang Theory and Orange Is The New Black.

It’s the BBC show’s fourth victory in the category in five years.

O’Carroll was in attendance at the ceremony with his wife Jennifer Gibney.

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He seemed to be particularly touched by the fact the award was delivered by 89-year-old British comedy legend Ken Dodd:

“Thank you Sir Ken, to be nominated twice in the same category is amazing, we so appreciate it,” he said when accepting his gong.

Thank you so much to all of you who voted, it’s really important that you vote, this is the most important award we get. It’s very, very exciting and very humbling.

O’Carroll’s comic creation shows no sign of slowing down, with a new in-character chat show next on the cards. It was also named the best British sitcom of the 21st century last year, and was the most watched TV show over Christmas in Ireland with their Christmas special.

Meanwhile, Cork native Graham Norton, a serial award winner, picked up a special recognition award at the ceremony, which was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt.

Other winners included Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway for Best Entertainment Programme and Call The Midwife for Best Period Drama, while the The Great British Bake Off’s much-loved taster-in-chief Mary Berry received an award for Best TV Judge.

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