Winning swansong for Downton Abbey at National Television Awards

National Television Awards - Winners Room

The final series of Downton Abbey has bowed out in style at the National Television Awards, winning one of the night's first big categories.

The show was named best drama beating shows like Doctor Who, Casualty and ITV's Broadchurch.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes called the shows win a "happy ending".

He said: "I love happy endings and this is a very happy ending, thank you."

The BBC's flagship baking show, The Great British Bake Off, took home the best challenge award, beating the likes of Bear Grylls' Mission Survive and The Apprentice.

Accepting the award, Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood said: "A huge thank you ... in fact we all started crying again down on the row."

Fellow judge Mary Berry interjected adding that it felt "strange" not to have the show's co-hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, there with them.

The Entertainment programme award went to I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.

EastEnders star Danny Dyer thanked his parents for "having a roll about in 1977 and conceiving me" as he gave his speech for winning the serial drama performance award.