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'Downton Abbey' named best TV drama

London: Hit period series "Downton Abbey" has been voted the best TV drama of 2014 at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Awards.

The show, which returns for its sixth and final series later this year, was the only ITV programme to win an award.

"Strictly Come Dancing" picked up the best TV entertainment programme from consumer group, which champions public service broadcasting, reported BBC online.

Other winners included Martha Kearney and Professor Brian Cox, named best radio and TV presenter respectively.

The 23rd edition of the awards ceremony was hosted in London by Radio 4 Today programme presenter James Naughtie.

TV awards were also handed to BBC One's "Countryfile", CBBC's "Newsround", "Springwatch" and the BBC News Channel.

"The wide range of nominations proposed by our members illustrate the tremendous quality and diversity to be found in UK broadcasting.

"Winners tell us they particularly value these awards as they are chosen by the people who really matter - engaged listeners and viewers," VLV chairman Colin Browne.

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