The stars of the TV world were out in force Wednesday night as they took their seats at London’s 02 Arena to celebrate the 20th National Television Awards.
Televisions much loved duo Ant and Dec started the night well winning the first award for Best Entertainment Show for I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE. They would also later win the award for Best Presenter, much to host Dermot O’Leary’s surprise.
BROADCHURCH stars David Tennant and Olivia Coleman took to the stage next, reading out the nominees for Best Drama Performance. The award went to Sheridan Smith for her role as Cilla Black. Unfortunately, Sheridan was stuck in traffic when her name was called, therefore wasn’t able to collect her award in person at the time of winning. However, it was a case of better late than never, as upon arrival she was allowed on stage to give her speech.
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF won the award for Skills Challenge whilst Maddy Hill was awarded Best Newcomer for her role as Nancy Carter in EASTENDERS and the Chat Show Host accolade was awarded to King of the Sofa, Alan Carr.
Next came the award for Recognition and normally celebrities usually know when they’re getting this award, but this year’s recipient, David Tennant had no idea and his reaction of wonderment, shock and gratitude was an endearing sight to behold.
A series of clips from some of his best work were then shown with commentary by a few of his co-stars and friends including Billie Piper and Catherine Tate.
The Scottish actor took to the stage to accept the award saying, “I am just a hired hand. Anything I have achieved is because talented and clever people gave me a job. Anyone who has given me a shot, thank you very much.”
The last two awards of the night were for Best Drama with the popular TV series DOWNTON ABBEY receiving the coveted gong and Serial Drama was awarded to the cast and creators of EASTENDERS who called it ‘The Weatherfield One’ in memory of Anne Kirkbride, who is known for her role as Deirdre Barlow in CORONATION STREET.
It was a night of laughter, tears, fond memories and mayhem. Do you agree with the winners? We’d love to hear your views…
Here is a full list of winners from the big night…
Best Entertainment Programme:
‘I’m A Celebrity’
Best Drama Performance:
Sheridan Smith in ‘Cilla’
Best Skill Programme:
‘Great British Bake Off’
Best Entertainment Presenter:
Ant and Dec
Maddy Hill in ‘EastEnders’
Best Daytime Programme:
‘Mrs Browns Boys’
Best Serial Drama Performance:
Danny Dyer in ‘EastEnders’
Best TV Judge:
David Walliams in ‘Britain’s Got Talent’
Chat Show Host:
Best Talent Show:
‘The X Factor’