Lets Get Patriotic and Celebrate British TV
ITV’s National Television Awards is more than just a glitzy prize giving ceremony for the industry to revel in. In a time of multiple channels, online steaming and downloading and on demand play back TV, plus huge American TV hits, it’s a chance to pay tribute to British national TV treasures and take a walk down memory lane to reflect on what makes our own country’s small screen offerings so great.
The eleventh annual NTAs gave a chance for many British TV crews to be recognized for their achievements. Controversial yet hilariously funny comedian, Billy Connolly was greeted with widespread applause from the live audience brimming with celebrities as he went on stage to accept his prestigious ‘Special Recognition Award’ at last Wednesday’s celebratory event. Connolly, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, was modest when receiving his award, and is known for his comical rants against the establishment and laugh out loud anecdotes.
Many of the shows who had their accomplishments marked are well deserving of them. The Big Bang Theory, an American series, has been a huge hit with British audiences, with the unbelievably funny antics of the group of goofy socially awkward scientists and their endearing friendship leaving a lasting imprint on viewers in the UK. So it was no wonder it won the ‘International’ Award. Doctor Foster, a gripping and thrilling drama about a doctor whose marriage unravels in the vice of infidelity, struck a chord with viewers earning it the ‘New Drama’ Award.
Other shows that received awards were predictable. BBC soap Eastenders, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and brought us memorable characters like the Mitchells and iconic setting such as The Queen Vic, clinched the ‘Serial Drama’ Award, with drama certainly being an element the show’s not short of. The evidence is in the name with The Great British Bake Off, which has the nation regularly hooked, as ‘ The Nation’s Grandma’ Mary Berry charms viewers. It won the ‘Challenge Show’ Award.
Dynamic duo Ant and Dec amazingly but not surprisingly got the ‘TV Presenter’ Award, perhaps because the charismatic pair both seem so genuine on screen. They have now accomplished the feat of securing 15 Best Entertainment Presenter NTA Awards! It’s no wonder that their exciting reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, which ingeniously taps into our guilty pleasure passion for laughing at celebrities whilst they get pushed to their limits in the jungle, was crowned ‘Best Entertainment Programme’.
A staple of daytime TV, This Morning nabbed ‘Live Magazine Show’ Award, with presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield apparently still drunk from celebrating their win when they appeared on air the following morning after the ceremony.
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