Happy Valley had a double win at the TV Choice Awards on Monday after its final series aired last year.
The show was named the winner of the Best Drama Series gong after going up against Heartstopper on Netflix, Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small, and ITV1’s Vera.
Sarah Lancashire, 59, who played Catherine Cawood, won the Best Actress prize.
Around 7.5 million viewers watched the climax to the BBC One drama, which saw James Norton’s escaped convict Royce set himself ablaze in the kitchen of the embattled officer played by Sarah – making it one of the most-watched single shows of the year.
This year’s winners were announced at a glittering ceremony – hosted by Tom Allen, with the comedian anchoring the event for the first time – at the London Hilton on Park Lane, where TV’s biggest names gathered.
Happy Valley had a double win at the TV Choice Awards on Monday after its final series aired last year, with the show winning Best Drama Series and Sarah Lancashire winning Best Actress (Sarah seen in Happy Valley last year)
Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley, 53, who plays Cain Dingle (right), scored his first TV Choice Awards as he triumphed in the Best Soap Actor category
Emmerdale was named Best Soap, having last won in 2022 (Emmerdale’s Brahmdeo Shannon Ramana, Jay Kontzle, Lewis Cope, Emma Atkins, Lawrence Robb and Jeff Hordley pictured)
The TV Choice Awards 2024 celebrated another great year in TV and the glitzy ceremony saw some of Britain’s biggest celebrity names scoop the coveted trophies, as voted for by the British viewing public.
Emmerdale was named Best Soap, having last won in 2022, while cast member Jeff Hordley, 53, who plays Cain Dingle, scored his first TV Choice Awards as he triumphed in the Best Soap Actor category.
Dame Maureen Lipman, 77, who plays Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street, won the Best Soap Actress prize, while Martin Clunes, 62, won Best Actor for his part in Doc Martin.
Elsewhere, Beyond Paradise won in the Best New Drama category, while Call The Midwife won Best Family Drama and Mrs Brown’s Boys won Best Comedy Show.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and I’m A Celeb South Africa win in the Best Reality Show category, both Gogglebox and Celebrity Gogglebox won the Best Entertainment Show prize.
The Martin Lewis Money Show Live which airs on ITV1 won the Best Lifestyle Show prize, BBC One’s Animal Park was named the winner of the Best Daytime Show gong, James Martin’s Saturday Morning which is broadcast on ITV won in the Best Food Show category, and Channel 5’s Winter on the Farm and Springtime on the Farm won the Best Factual Show award.
The Great British Bake Off, Bake Off The Professionals, Junior Bake Off and The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice won the Best Talent Show award, while ITV1’s The Chase won Best Game Show and Netflix was named Favourite Channel/Streaming Site.
While it didn’t win, The Traitors was nominated in the category of Best Reality Show alongside I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Queer Eye and At Home With The Furys.
Dame Maureen Lipman, 77, who plays Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street, won the Best Soap Actress prize
Martin Clunes, 62, won Best Actor for his part in Doc Martin (Martin is pictured with his wife Phillippa Braithwaite)
This year’s winners were announced at a glittering ceremony – hosted by Tom Allen (pictured), with the comedian anchoring the event for the first time
Series two Paul Gorton said recreating the success of series two will be a ‘big old task’ as he attended the awards. He became well known for hood-winking The Faithfuls before being voted out
Asked at the bash if the series two success can be recreated, he told the PA news agency: ‘They’ve got a lot to do.
‘It’s a big old task. But they (next series participants) have to go in there, they have to beat Harry, beat me, Diane, they have to be big characters. And yeah best of luck to them, I’m excited to see it.’
Speaking about public reaction he has received following the show, he added: ‘I’m walking down the street and I can’t believe people know what my name is, so I’m lapping it up.’ He added: ‘I’m a pro at taking selfies now, I pride myself on how good I am at selfies.’