It was a night to remember at this year’s landmark 18th National Television Awards, with Ant & Dec stealing the show once again, scooping the Entertainment Presenter gong for the twelfth year running at TV’s most celebrated ceremony. TV’s finest took to the star-studded red carpet at London’s O2 Arena, at the only television awards show voted for by the public. Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, the glittering ceremony aired LIVE in peak time on ITV.
The dancing shoes were well and truly on, with host and nominee Dermot O’Leary gracing the stage with Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell. In Dermot’s most complicated dance to date, they performed to ‘It’s Got To Be You’. Much to the delight of the audience, Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey got toes tapping performing the biggest dance routine of 2012 to PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’.
Kimberley Walsh appeared for the first time without her Girls Aloud band mates, debuting her first solo single, ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’. X Factor‘s Ella Henderson also wowed the crowd with a stunning rendition of Cher’s ‘Believe’ which brought the X Factor judges to tears in this year’s series.
This year’s Special Recognition Award went to Joanna Lumley OBE, celebrating her acting career, spanning almost 50 years. Lumley made a welcome return to our screens last year with the classic Absolutely Fabulous, where she stars alongside close friend and actress Jennifer Saunders. Lumley was also recognised for her work as an activist supporting the Gurkhas, much of which has been documented on the small screen.
The UK’s most memorable sporting year was marked with a special Landmark Award which marked the unforgettable scenes that were London 2012. Three specially selected young athletes, considered the UK’s ‘ones to watch’ were given the honour of presenting the award alongside TV favourite Clare Balding. London 2012 heroes, Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Chris Hoy and David Weir CBE picked up the prestigious award on behalf of all those who made London 2012 a truly sensational summer of sport.
The full list of winners is below:
Entertainment Programme – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Documentary Series – Frozen Planet
Comedy Panel Show – QI
Drama Performance Male – Colin Morgan (Merlin)
Daytime Programme – This Morning
Drama Performance Female – Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife)
Landmark – London 2012 (Lord Sebastian Coe, David Weir, Chris Hoy)
Serial Drama Performance– Alan Halsall (Coronation Street)
Entertainment Presenter – Ant & Dec
Factual Entertainment – Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
Newcomer– David Witts (EastEnders)
Situation Comedy – Mrs Brown’s Boys
Drama – Downton Abbey
Talent Show – Strictly Come Dancing
Special Recognition– Joanna Lumley OBE
Serial Drama – Coronation Street
ITV Press Release