Russell T Davies paid tribute to those who had died during the Aids pandemic in the 80s as his drama It's A Sin picked up a National Television Award for best new drama.
The writer was joined on stage by its star Olly Alexander , where he gave a short and sweet message.
Speaking about the Aids crisis, Russell said: 'It's nice to dedicate this to those we lost, those who lived, those who learnt and those we loved.'
Olly said it was a 'privilege' to be part of the series, his first major acting role.
'Thank you so so much,' he told the audience at London's O2 Arena.
'This show is so brilliant. From the cast to the crew and production and everyone behind the scenes, everyone put their all into making this show.
'It was the highest privilege of my life.'
The series told the story of a group of young gay men and their friends living in the midst of the crisis in 1980s London.
The close-knit friendship group would greet each other by saying 'La', a catchphrase that has since gained popularity among fans of the show.
T-shirts created by designer Philip Normal with 'La' written on the front, which were sold to raise money for HIV and sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust , have since raised more than £500,000 for the organisation.
The NTAs 2021 were hosted by Joel Dommett, with the event celebrating the best of British TV.
Taking place at the O2 in London, stars including Holly Willoughby, Piers Morgan, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly attended the glitzy event to find out who had been honoured with an accolade.
Categories include TV presenter, which has been won by Ant and Dec for the past 19 years, serial drama, comedy, daytime, and new category authored documentary, for which Kate Garraway's film Finding Derek is nominated alongside Katie Price: Harvey and Me, Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain's Children, Rob Burrow: My Year With MND and Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency.
The most prestigious award of the NTAs is the Special Recognition award, which has previously been awarded to individuals including Sir Michael Palin, Bruce Forsyth, Joanna Lumley and David Tennant.
This is the only award not voted on by the public, as it is presented by the British National Television Awards to the chosen recipient.
National Television Awards 2021 winners
RETURNING DRAMA – Line of Duty
CHALLENGE SHOW – Great British Bake Off
SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE – Mollie Gallagher
COMEDY – Afterlife
NEW DRAMA – It's a Sin
QUIZ GAME SHOW – Beat the Chasers
FACTUAL – Gogglebox
NEWCOMER – Jude Riordan
AUTHORED DOC – Kate Garraway
SPECIAL RECOGNITION – Line of Duty
DAYTIME – This Morning
T V PRESENTER – Ant and Dec
DRAMA PERFORMANCE – David Tennant
TALENT – Strictly Come Dancing
SERIAL DRAMA – Coronation Street
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