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Cobbles cast: Coronation Street's drama secured it the National Television Award.©ITV

Coronation Street has won a National Television Award for the second year running.

The Manchester-based soap, which has been broadcast continuously since 1960, fought off competition from EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale to secure the gong, with viewers voting throughout the ceremony.

Accepting the award from international stars Donny and Marie Osmond, actor Bill Roache said: "Thank you so much. To the other nominations in the category I say congratulations, the competition is so strong, which makes this even more meaningful.

"On behalf of the producer, the writers, the directors, the cast, the crew, make-up, wardrobe, the second ADs who sort our lives out for us, thank you so much. It's a good start to the year and lets hope there'll be more. Thank you so much."

Director Phil Collinson added: "This year we lost a stalwart of Coronation Street who was so much a part of everybody's lives for so long: Bill Tarmey. So I think we'd like to dedicate this to Bill."

Bill had played Jack Duckworth on the soap for over 30 years, but died in November at the age of 71.

The rivalry between Coronation Street and Emmerdale, both broadcast on STV, was one of the fiercest at this year’s National Television Awards.

Emmerdale celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, with a one-hour live episode broadcast to celebrate. But Corrie has received plaudits for its recent domestic abuse storyline.

The star at the centre of the plot, Alan Halsall, won the award for best serial drama performance earlier in the evening.

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