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The feel good East End drama Call the Midwife has already won legions of fans with it’s spot on casting and heart-warming storylines. And now the hit show has won an amazing accolade in recognition of its success.

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Call The Midwife has been named best period drama in the Radio Times Poll 2017 – voted for by the magazine’s readers – beating favourites including Downton Abbey (4th) and Poldark (2nd). Other hot contenders in the line up include The Night Manager, which scooped first place for Best Contemporary Drama.

Call the Midwife cast win – here are the full results:

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Best Period Drama

1. Call The Midwife

2. Poldark

3. North & South

4. Downton Abbey

5. Wolf Hall

Best Crime Drama 

1. Happy Valley

2. Line Of Duty

3. Foyle’s War

4. Life On Mars

5. Endeavour

Best Contemporary Drama

1. The Night Manager

2. Last Tango In Halifax

3. Spooks

4. Doc Martin

5. Marvellous

Best sci-fi/fantasy

1. Merlin

2. Doctor Who

3. Being Human

4. In The Flesh

5. Misfits

Best US Drama

1. The West Wing

2. The Good Wife

3. Game Of Thrones

4. Mad Men

5. Breaking Bad

Best Foreign Language Drama

1. The Bridge

2. The Killing

3. Inspector Montalbano

4. Borgen

5. Spiral

Radio Times editor Ben Preston said:“We’re living in a golden age of TV drama with huge budgets and Hollywood stars furiously competing for viewers.

“People love TV dramas with the intensity and passion that they read great works of literature in the last century. If Dickens were alive today, he would want his name on the credits of these shows.

“TV drama feeds the nation’s minds and conversation like never before – that’s why we spent six weeks collecting thousands of votes to discover the best TV dramas of this century.”