Tonight on ITV the 2017 gong winners of the NTA’s were revealed in front of a live audience at the O2 in London.
The votes were counted, the viewers have spoken and Britain’s best-loved programmes and performers have collected their prizes at the 22nd National Television Awards hosted by Dermot O’Leary. There were the expected winners with Ant and Dec collecting another three gongs while Mrs Brown’s Boys also, as expected, went home with an award.
Ant & Dec made it an incredible 16-year winning streak as they took the home the ‘entertainment programme’ award for Ant & Dec’s Saturday night Takeaway. The popular Geordie duo also picked up the ‘best TV presenter’ gong while their series I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! picked up the ‘challenge show’ prize.
The role of the telly judge is seen as a crucial role in the world of the talent shows and this year it became a closely fought awards. Strictly’s head judge Len Goodman and Bake-Off’s much-loved Mary Berry were shortlisted for their farewell series, while BGT’s David Walliams and X Factor diva Nicole Scherzinger were pitted against their boss, one time talent show mogul Simon Cowell. Mary Berry gratefully took home the top prize of ‘TV Judge’ for her role on BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off.
In soap opera Lacey Turner of EastEnders picked up the ‘serial drama performance’ gong, the ‘newcomer’ award was taken by Faye Brooks from Coronation Street while the big soap gong ‘serial drama’ went to a much deserved Emmerdale.
While in the world of drama actress Sarah Lancashire picked up the ‘drama performance’ award for her role in Happy Valley. She fought off stiff competition from Jenna Coleman of Victoria and The Night Manager‘s dashing leading man Tom Hiddleston and Peaky Blinders‘ ice-cool gangland boss Cillian Murphy. The ‘period drama’ gong was gifted to Call The Midwife while the main drama award was won by long running medical saga Casualty.
The ‘factual entertainment’ award was won by Gogglebox, beating off competition from DIY SOS: the Big Build, Tattoo Fixers and Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs. In the daytime category quiz show The Chase walked away with the prize while This Morning picked up the ‘live magazine’ show gong.
The comedy award, presented by funnyman Sir Ken Dodd, saw Mrs Brown’s Boys take home to mammy the award while the talent show gong was bestowed on Strictly Come Dancing after another fantastic year of ratings and entertaining on BBC One. The winter 2016 series left rival The X Factor trailing way behind.
A special recognition award honoured comedian, actor and presenter Graham Norton who has been a regular fixture on British screens for over two decades, hit shows include So Graham Norton, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, The Graham Norton Show and Father Ted. Norton also hosts his own radio show for BBC Radio 2.