Mrs Brown's Boys and Peaky Blinders hit the big time at NTAs

Mrs Brown’s Boys was crowned best comedy at Britain’s National Television Awards last night.

Brendan O’Carroll’s sitcom saw off competition from Ricky Gervais’s After Life, Fleabag, Derry Girls and Sex Education to win the prize for the fifth time.

David Walliams made his debut as host for the 25th edition by paying tribute to the late Nicholas Parsons.

Walliams was hosting the awards at London’s O2 Arena for the first time after taking over from Dermot O’Leary.

Kicking off the event, the Britain’s Got Talent judge took aim at former Lewis actor Laurence Fox.

Fox sparked controversy during an appearance on Question Time when he questioned whether Meghan Markle had faced discrimination.

Walliams told the audience: “You guys are the real stars, by which I mean you are miles away from Earth.

“Without you, us lot down here would be nothing. I mean, I would be fine – I have got my best-selling children’s books. But these people, their diaries would be emptier than Laurence Fox’s.

“Someone we would have liked to have welcomed here tonight is Nicholas Parsons but sadly he passed away today and I know everyone here wants to send our love to his family at this time.”

Walliams kicked off the night with a flurry of wise-cracks.

Introducing the show, he joked: “Tonight we celebrate all the time and money that has gone into Simon Cowell’s new face.”

He joked that Ant and Dec were in the front row not because they were important but because they had “forgotten their booster seats”.

Little Mix star Jesy Nelson and Peaky Blinders were among early winners.

Nelson won the best factual entertainment award for her Odd One Out documentary, about the abuse which drove her to attempt suicide.

Peaky Blinders won the best drama award.

The Great British Bake Off won the prize for best challenge show, beating Love Island and The Apprentice.

Earlier, Caitlyn Jenner, who appeared in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, oozed Hollywood glamour on the red carpet in a pale silver dress.

Meanwhile, former Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn opted for a sleeveless patterned black dress with feather detailing

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