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‘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.

This Week in TV – 18th – 24th January

Yes, it’s time to look forward to the next seven days in TV and, following on from a week that brought us the deaths of DI Poole, comedy legend Roger Lloyd-Pack and the innocence of Frank Carson’s dressing room, here’s what we have to look forward to.

Saturday 18th January

Splash!

ITV, 7:00pm

Reflex, Splash!, The Voice, Take Me Out? With these below-par Saturday night entertainment shows, Ambassador, you are spoiling us.'Splash!' - ITV, 7:00pm

Splash! belly-flops into its third week this week and it appears that the bottom of the barrel is well  and truly being scraped, as the biggest name to be taking to the diving board tonight is musician Paul Young. Wherever he lays his swimming cap, that’s his home.

Just so you know, I hate me for writing that, too.

Joining Paul and hoping to avoid the Splash-Off are: TOWIE star, Dan Osborne; north-eastern comedian, Patrick Monahan; model Danielle Lloyd; and MP Penny Mordaunt, who has caused a bit of a splash by taking part.

Apologies, but that pun was too good to miss. And it was better than the Paul Young one at least.

Also today: Animated favourite Despicable Me (ITV, 5:10pm); the aforementioned The Voice UK (BBC1, 7:00pm); and Goldie Hawn, Russell Brand, Dermot O’Leary and James Blunt chat to Jonathan Ross (ITV, 9:45pm).

Sunday 19th January

The Musketeers

BBC1, 9:00pm

This ten-part period drama, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, begins tonight.

Set in 17th-century Paris, The Musketeers follows Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis'The Musketeers' - BBC1, 9:00pm and Porthos, who stand for social justice at a time when law and order is an unrealised concept. In this week’s opening episode, the Musketeers must try to rebuild the King’s reputation as well as strive to seek justice for themselves.

The series should also be noted for its stellar cast and crew. As well as being written by Adrian Hodges (the man behind Primeval and the multi-award-winning My Week With Marilyn), The Musketeers stars Tom Burke (The Hour), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) and Howard Charles (Switch) in the eponymous roles, alongside Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It), Luke Pasqualino (Skins) and Hugo Speer (Father Brown).

Also today: Fake of Fortune? returns (BBC1, 6:00pm); all of the remaining celebs go head-to-head for the first time on Dancing on Ice (ITV, 6:15pm); gay men of Britain, listen up as Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph and comedian Stephen K Amos compete on All Star Family Fortunes (ITV, 7:45pm); period dramas Call the Midwife (BBC1, 8:00pm) and Mr Selfridge (ITV, 9:00pm) are back; and one-off documentary Don’t Look Down (Channel 4, 9:00pm) explores the new craze of urban free-climbing.

Monday 20th January

Russia on Four Wheels 

BBC2, 9:00pm

In this two-part documentary, the conclusion of which is on Wednesday, Anita Rani and Justin Rowlatt take a three week-long trip across Russia in the hope of finding out how far the country has come in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.'Russia on Four Wheels' - BBC2, 9:00pm

Both presenters begin their journeys in the home of this year’s Winter Olympics, Sochi, but then head in different directions as they explore contrasting areas of Russia. Anita will be heading north and west from Sochi, in order to discover ‘new’ Russia, which sees booming business and enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Justin, meanwhile, will be going east into ‘old’ Russia, where he visits factories and farms, finding that some areas have not changed since before the Cold War years.

To make things even more interesting, Anita and Justin are journeying in very different vehicles, with the former in a luxury armoured plated tank and the latter in a battered 1940s jeep. Watch tonight and on Wednesday to see how they get on.

Also today: The Alan Titchmarsh Show enters its 14th series (ITV, 3:00pm), with Mark Benton and Paul Hollywood being the first guests; Tom Dyckhoff (stop sniggering, please) presents The Great Interior Design Challenge (BBC2, 7:00pm); we bid a tearful farewell to Hayley in Coronation Street (ITV, 7:30 & 8:30pm); Food Unwrapped (Channel 4) and Winterwatch (BBC2) return at 8:30pm; much-trailed US sitcom Mom comes to ITV2 (9:00pm); and sci-fi thriller Helix begins (Channel 5, 10:00pm).

Tuesday 21st January

The Naked Rambler 

BBC1, 10:35pm

This one-off documentary focuses on the ever-controversial Stephen Gough, who is notorious for rambling around Scotland wearing only boots and a rucksack – something which sadly landed him in prison for seven years. He spent most of that time naked in solitary confinement.'The Naked Rambler' - BBC1, 10:35pm

Throughout the programme, we follow Stephen as he attempts a four month-long trek home to his family in Hampshire. His journey takes this long owing to the copious amounts of arrests, court appearances and prison stays that he has to deal with along the way.

We also gain an insight into Stephen’s motives for rambling naked, his family’s views and those of the public. The main question that I have is why does he insist on doing it, with his actions having landed him in prison numerous times, and therefore unable to see his teenage sons grow up? I guess that that question and many more will be answered during the programme.

Also today: Documentaries The Search for Alfred the Great (BBC2), Growing Up Down’s (BBC3) and Ross Kemp: Extreme World (Sky1), all at 9:00pm; and Claudia Winkleman is back with Film 2014 (BBC1, 10:35pm).

Wednesday 22nd January

The National Television Awards

ITV, 7:30pm'The National Television Awards' - ITV, 7:30pm

It’s that time of the year again when the cream of the crop of British television are awarded for their  efforts.

As per the last few years, Dermot O’Leary will oversee proceedings and tonight X Factor winner Sam Bailey will open the show. Voting closes at midday today (22nd January), so if you’re reading this before then and haven’t yet registered your vote, do so now here. Make it count, though: you only get one go.

Here are the nominees (with my choices in red) for each category:

Best Talent Show

The Voice UK

Dancing on Ice

The X Factor

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing

Best Serial Drama

Coronation Street

Emmerdale

EastEnders

Hollyoaks

Best Comedy

Miranda

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Derek

The Big Bang Theory

Best Drama

Broadchurch

Downton Abbey

Call the Midwife

Doctor Who

Best TV Detective

Olivia Colman (Broadchurch)

David Tennant (Broadchurch)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Idris Elba (Luther)

Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK)

Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey)

Best Drama Performance

Martin Clunes (Doc Martin)

Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife)

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

Best Factual Entertainment Programme

The Great British Bake Off

An Idiot Abroad

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Top Gear

Best Daytime Programme

This Morning

The Jeremy Kyle Show

Pointless

The Chase

Best Soap Newcomer

Marc Baylis (Coronation Street’s Rob Donovan)

Michelle Hardwick (Emmerdale’s Vanessa Woodfield)

Khali Best (EastEnders’ Dexter Hartman)

Anna Passey (Hollyoaks’ Sienna Blake)

Best Serial Drama Performance

Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper)

David Neilson (Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper)

Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street’s Tina McIntyre)

Jessie Wallace (EastEnders’ Kat Moon)

Best Documentary

Inside Death Row With Trevor McDonald

Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain

Penguins – Spy in the Huddle

Educating Yorkshire

Best Entertainment Presenter

Alan Carr

Keith Lemon

Ant & Dec

Graham Norton

Dermot O’Leary

Best Entertainment Programme

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Celebrity Juice

The Graham Norton Show

 

I have to be honest, I’d have liked to have seen more digital TV channels get the nod (Mount Pleasant, Stella, Trollied, for example) but overall there are some brilliant nominees there. Tune in tonight to find out who’ll be picking up the awards!

Also today: Grammar Schools: A Secret History (BBC4, 8:00pm); Crimewatch (BBC1, 9:00pm); Embarrassing Bodies Down Under – presumably a reference to Australia, not which specific area of the bodies are embarrassing… (More 4, 10:00pm); and Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous (BBC4, 11:00pm) – a tribute to the late poet, previously shown on RTÉ.

Thursday 23rd January

Benidorm 

ITV, 9:00pm

For its first two series, Benidorm was fantastic. It was the traditional 30 minutes in length and'Benidorm' - ITV, 9:00pm provided consistent laughs. And then each episode was made an hour-long in 2010, and it very much went downhill. It was dragged-out, ridiculous and boring. Thankfully, though, the fifth and current sixth series have marked a return to form for the show and it is once again bringing hilarity and sunshine to our cold, dark January evenings.

It also helps that new cast member Danny Walters (pictured) is quite easy on the eye.

This week, Joyce sets up a volleyball match at the Solana, Michael and Tiger are up to their old tricks again and Clive and Tonya try their hand at karaoke.

Also today: Restoration Home One Year On (BBC2, 8:00pm); Lorraine Pascale and Jason Atherton present new culinary series My Kitchen Rules (Sky Living, 9:00pm); and The Midnight Beast returns (E4, 10:00pm).

Friday 24th January

Stella 

Sky1, 9:00pm

Ruth Jones’s (or should I say Ruth Jones, MBE’s?) gentle comedy-drama about a single mother in the Welsh valleys is back for a third series.'Stella' - Sky1, 9:00pm

People always say that you’d never believe that Fletcher and Arkwright were both played by Ronnie  Barker. Or that Del Boy and Granville were both David Jason. May I just add to that, though, that if you saw them side-by-side, you’d never believe that Vanessa Shanessa Jenkins and Stella Morris were both played by Ruth Jones. She’s much more of a versatile actress than people give her credit for – and it’s for that reason that I’m overjoyed that she has been honoured with an MBE.

If you’ve never seen Stella before, let me fill you in: if focuses on the eponymous Welshwoman and the trials and tribulations that she encounters in her everyday life, usually influenced by her extended family and friends. In the past we’ve seen her deal with her son’s imprisonment and subsequent emigration with his father, her daughter’s pregnancy and marriage at just 18, the disappearance of her brother and the death of her beloved – but unintelligible – father, only for him to resurrect at the funeral.

Tonight, as we rejoin the Morrises, the Morgans and the Koshes, Stella is sporting a new hairdo and is putting all of her efforts into her nursing degree – but the arrival of a handsome and newly-single lawyer may distract her. Elsewhere, Aunty Brenda’s wayward daughter shows up, and Big Alan is told to put Little Alan on a diet.

Also today: Richard Osman, Roisin Conaty and Joan Bakewell try to put their pet hates into Room 101 (BBC1, 8:30pm); Beverley Callard gets a grilling on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (ITV, 9:00pm); Dara Ó Briain and Sharon Horgan are on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4, 9:00pm); there’s a compilation of the best bits of the most recent series of QI (BBC2, 10:00pm); and Graham Norton welcomes Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Katy B, Thierry Henry (yes, it rhymes) and Lee Mack onto his show at 10:35pm on BBC1.

If may be worth noting that some of your TV guides might say that the Celebrity Big Brother Final is on tonight on Channel 5. The series has been extended, and will now finish next Wednesday (29th January).

Are you particularly looking forward to any of these shows or is there something else from the world of TV which you want to have your say about? Feel free to comment below or tweet me –@UKTVReviewer.

Image credits: Splash! – Thanks to Matt Frost, ©ITV; The Musketeers – Thanks to Steve Neaves, ©BBC; Russia on Four Wheels – Thanks to BBC, ©Simon Phillips; The Naked Rambler – Thanks to BBC, ©Oblong Films; The National Television Awards – ©ITV; Benidorm – Thanks to ITV, ©Tiger Aspect; Stella – Thanks to Sky, ©www.andyshortphotography.co.uk.