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Monkey goes to ... the Broadcast Awards

Much media mithering of late about the lengthy running times of the latest crop of Hollywood blockbusters. If Thursday night's Broadcast Awards were anything to go by, the fad for stretching things out may also be sweeping across UK TV industry gong-giving events. With 20 awards – and six nominations per category – Monkey clocked the gong-giving element of the Grosvenor House shindig on London's Park Lane at about 10 minutes shy of two hours. Still, small mercies: if acceptance speeches had been allowed, it might have got nearer to Lincoln's two-and-a-half-hour running time.

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Awards Mc Rob Brydon kept the assembled TV types entertained with his self-deprecating schtick, droll asides – "I see Coronation Street are here. I watched it earlier in my room. Tonight's episode was set in the north ... very northern ..." – and impressions, including Michael Caine, Tom Jones and his trademark small man trapped in a box. »

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