The cast of Holby City looked visibly shocked upon hearing that the show had won the Bafta TV Award for Best Continuing Drama.
Holby City, which regularly pulls in seven million viewers, has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months tackling such storylines as alcoholism, drug abuse and domestic violence.
Tony McHale, executive producer of Holby City, collected the award with series producer Diana Kyle and cast members including Robert Powell, Amanda Mealing, Hugh Quarshie and Jaye Jacobs, who looked stunned when the result was announced by Dynasty actor Patrick Duffy.
On accepting the award, McHale said: “This is a terrific surprise. We’ve been runner-up for so long it’s brilliant.
“The cast, production team and writers have all worked consistently hard and the Bafta is a great way of acknowledging their achievement.”
He also paid homage to fellow nominee The Bill, and joked: “I did think of a speech for my mates at The Bill congratulating them for winning – but I don’t need to use that now.”
Quarshie – who plays surgeon Ric Griffin – said: “To beat the best at their own game is very satisfying.”
Click below to watch Holby City accept the BAFTA award