The first big surprise of the night saw Merlin star Colin Morgan beat rivals Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr Who's Matt Smith.
The stars of the small screen have been out in force at the O2 Arena for the 2013 National Television Awards.
BBC shows Dr Who and Sherlock, both created by writer and producer Steven Moffatt, will go head to head at the National Television Awards.
Alan Halsall, who plays Tarmey's on-screen foster son Tyrone won the award for best serial drama performance, with the ITV soap named as best serial drama.
Speaking on stage as he collected his award, Halsall paid tribute to Tarmey, saying "I love you pal."
Bill Tarmey died last year after playing Jack Duckworth in the soap for more than 30 years.
Collecting the award for best serial drama, Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson said: "This year we lost a stalwart of Coronation Street who was just so much a part of everybody's life for a long time, Bill Tarmey, and so I think we'd love to dedicate this to Bill."