BroadchurchITV has been named channel of the year at the Guardian Edinburgh TV Festival.

The rejuvenated broadcaster has enjoyed much success over the past year thanks to its wide range of output from hit new drama Broadchurch starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman to comedy Vicious starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.

Only a few years ago ITV was struggling to attract audiences relying heavily on the likes of Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Britain’s Got Talent and the X Factor to prop up its schedules with its drama output failing to wow audiences (with long-term shows such as Heartbeat and The Royal being cancelled) and with its comedy output only really consisting of Benidorm.

Several years on and ITV has undergone a creative revamp and is riding high on its successes. Broadchurch – which was seen by millions of viewers earlier this year – was named new programme of the year with its creator Chris Chibnal picking up standout talent of the year.

Vicious, ITV sitcomITV winning programme of the year comes in the week in which it announced comedies The Job Lot, Vicious and Plebs would all return for a second series while Scott and Bailey has been re-commissioned for a fourth season.

ITV has re-commissioned several other dramas so far this year (including Broadchurch) such as The Bletchley Circle and Mr Selfridge.

The autumn will see the return of popular ITV dramas Whitechapel, Vera and the fourth season of Downton Abbey.

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