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The National Television Awards 2007

1st November 2007

In the end, the National Television Awards, which have been held in London, could have been rebranded Ant and Dec's Wednesday Night Takeaway.

The self-styled "cheeky chappies" were honoured three times, although they were unable to attend the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall owing to filming commitments. And while other big names also did well at the event - with Doctor Who, EastEnders and Top Gear each receiving two awards - it was Ant and Dec's live satellite link-ups from Los Angeles which aroused the most interest backstage.

There were other attractions at the ceremony too. Jeremy Clarkson was embarrassed about his motoring series receiving the prize for best factual programme, given "we haven't put a fact in Top Gear for five years now".

He also bemoaned a big drop in ratings between the first and second shows of the current BBC Two series, suggesting that perhaps co-star Richard Hammond could have another high-speed crash to revive audience figures. 

"We could have them straight back up if he'd just take one for the team," Clarkson - also recipient of the special recognition prize - joked. I say joked, but you can never entirely tell.

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