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Billie helps Doctor Who to two Baftas
SWINDON'S Billie Piper collected two awards at the Baftas.
Billie, who plays Doctor Who's sidekick Rose Tyler, attended the television awards ceremony last night with David Tennant, who plays the timelord.
The pair were on stage to accept the Best Drama Series award and the Pioneer Audience Award, which was voted for by viewers.
Billie, who was accompanied on stage by a Dalek, refused to reveal whether her character Rose was soon to be killed off.
"You're just going to have to wait and see," she said.
Russell T Davies, creator of the new series of Doctor Who, said the success of the sci-fi show proved viewers still wanted family entertainment.
"We were told that bringing it back would be impossible, that we would never capture this generation of children. But we did it," he said.
The BBC1 adaptation of Charles Dickens classic Bleak House won the award for Best Drama Serial, while Anna Maxwell Martin was named Best Actress, beating co-star Gillian Anderson.
EastEnders beat Coronation Street to the best soap crown for the first time in four years.
And political satire The Thick Of It also scooped two awards, including Best Comedy Performance for Chris Langham, while The Apprentice was named Best Feature.
By contrast, ITV1 came away with just one prize Best Entertainment Programme for The X-Factor.
Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds missed out on his first Bafta. He had been hoping to cap his career comeback by winning Best Entertainment Performance. But instead the award went to Jonathan Ross for his Friday night chat show.
Jamie Oliver's crusade to improve school dinners earned him an outstanding presenter award and his Channel 4 series won Best Factual Series.
Sir Alan Sugar's The Apprentice beat Dragon's Den, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Top Gear to win Best Feature.
BBC4 satire The Thick Of It won Best Sitcom and Best Comedy Performance for Langham, who beat Catherine Tate and Extras star Ashley Jensen.
Another Langham show, BBC2's Help, won Best Comedy Programme.