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'Elizabeth I' beats 'Dr Who' to TV award

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Period drama Elizabeth I has beaten Dr Who to take the top award at the South Bank Show Awards.

The Channel 4 show was named best TV drama ahead of its BBC competitor. Billie Piper, who plays the Doctor's sidekick, did get the breakthrough award for rising British talent, however. The 23-year-old said she was "overwhelmed" by the honour.

Piper had to beat competition from rapper MIA and Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright to take her award, which was voted for by South Bank Show viewers and readers of the Times. It was presented by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.

Channel 4 also took best TV comedy for Peep Show, beating Ricky Gervais' Extras.

Sir Richard Attenborough was rewarded for a 60-year career with a lifetime achievement award, while Wallace and Gromit film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the best film award.

The awards – now in their tenth year – were hosted by South Bank presenter Melvyn Bragg at London's Savoy Hotel.

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