‘The National Television Awards’: The Winners

It was the biggest night in showbiz as the cream of the crop of British television took to London’s O2 Arena to be recognised for their achievements. Here’s a full list of all of the winners:

Best Factual Programme

Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs beat off stiff competition from Top Gear, An Idiot Abroad and The Great British Bake Off to be named Best Factual Programme of 2013. Paul thanked the ‘remarkable’ team behind the show and gave a special mention to all of the cats and dogs charities in the UK.

Best Entertainment Programme

Well let’s face it, there was a 50% chance of Ant & Dec winning, as both Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m a Celebrity were nominated in this category, and in the end it was the latter that won, despite the hugely popular Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show trying to get in its way. In the absence of Ant & Dec, King of the Jungle, Kian Egan delivered the acceptance speech, thanking everyone who watched the show and voted.

Best Documentary Series

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, Inside Death Row With Trevor McDonald and Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain were all nominated, but it was the Educating Yorkshire team who took the award, with thanks going to the production team and the viewers. And let’s just forget one of the teachers putting poor Musharaf on the spot and making him speak, creating a potentially awkward moment if his stammer returned, shall we..?

Best Newcomer

There were candidates from all four of the big soaps, but in the end it was EastEndersKahli Best (Dexter Hartman) who won. He opted to thank God and his fellow cast members before wishing everyone a happy 2014.

Best Drama Performance

Considering it was his last year in the Tardis last year, it was little surprise that Matt Smith won the accolade of Best Drama Performance. As he was performing in the West End during the ceremony, Doctor Who chief, Steven Moffat and current companion, Jenna Coleman picked up the award. Moffat congratulated Smith on managing to step out of David Tennant’s shadow and excel in his own right.

Best Daytime Programme

Philip Schofield thanked the This Morning family and viewers when the show beat The Chase, Pointless and The Jeremy Kyle Show to be named Best Daytime Programme. This is the fourth year in a row that This Morning has won a National Television Award – and well deserved it is too!

Best Comedy Programme

In a huge ‘Feck you’ to its detractors, ultimate Marmite sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys beat Miranda, Derek and The Big Bang Theory to become Best Comedy Programme. As well as plugging Mrs Brown Da Movie (in cinemas June 26th, boys and girls!), the show’s writer and star, Brendan O’Carroll also thanked the fans, the crew and his extensive family and friends, most of whom star alongside him in the programme.

Best Serial Drama Performance

Who didn’t see this coming? Just two days after Hayley’s highly emotional exit from Coronation Street in the high-profile assisted suicide storyline, actress Julie Hesmondhalgh won this award for her portrayal of the character. She of course gave credit to her friends at Corrie but also showered co-star David Neilson, who also joined her onstage, in adoration. Farewell Hayley!

Best TV Detective

The absent Benedict Cumberbatch was the recipient of this new award, for his portrayal of the eponymous Sherlock. He saw off competition from Suranne Jones, Bradley Walsh, Idris Elba, David Tennant and Olivia Colman – who I voted for, incidentally. I still love Benedict though, of course.

Best Entertainment TV Presenter

I think that this was the toughest category of the night: Graham Norton, Alan Carr, Dermot O’Leary and Keith Lemon were all up for the award. But so were Ant & Dec. So they won it. Having arrived at the ceremony just ten minutes beforehand, the pair picked up their thirteenth Best Entertainment Presenter award, claiming, ‘We’ll keep coming if you keep voting.’ Ooh er, missus.

Best Drama Programme

Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Broadchurch: all hugely popular dramas, but only one could be the winner – and it was…Doctor Who! ‘Fifty years and still going strong’ are the words that Jenna Coleman chose when she picked up the award, before thanking “Moff” and Matt Smith.

Best Serial Drama

As expected, the award went to Coronation Street. Now, I have to admit that I’m firmly team Emmerdale, so was rooting for them, but I knew deep down that it wasn’t going to happen. There has been some big drama at Corrie this year – both on- and off-screen – and so it was sort of inevitable that they would take the title. Executive producer Stuart Blackburn opted to thank the show’s stars past, present and future.

Landmark Award

Philip Schofield presented this special award to Ant & Dec, who this year celebrate 25 years in showbusiness. Lost for words, Ant thanked Dec, as well as HRH The Prince of Wales, their mams and the audience. Oh, and he also took a selfie of him, Dec and the crowd. How very 2014!

Best Talent Programme

This is the category that really could have been anyone’s. Except Dancing on Ice’s. And The Voice’s. Alas, however, the award went to Strictly Come Dancing – further confirmation that Simon Cowell is losing his grip on British talent shows. Tess Daly delivered the acceptance speech, giving thanks to ‘everyone at home’, while judge Bruno Tonioli chipped in with tributes to the celebrities who take part in the show and make it so popular.


What did you think of the winners? Did your favourites pick up an award? In fact, were your favourites even nominated? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

You can also see what’s coming up on TV in the coming week on this blog, published every Saturday at midnight.


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