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All the Highlights of the National Television Awards 2018

Posted January 26, 2018 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

On Tuesday night, the stars of British television came together to celebrate the year’s very best acting talent and TV shows at the National Television Awards (NTA). Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, and voted on by the public, this glitzy event rewarded the shows that the public truly love – and provided a few laughs along the way!


Open with A Mystery….
The show opened with Dermot mysteriously losing his voice. However, after examination by several TV doctors (and a vet!) – and the news Piers Morgan would be his replacement – his voice miraculously recovered. Thank heavens!


Ant and Dec
The real winners of the evening were Ant and Dec, who picked up three awards:

  • Best TV Presenter
  • The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Best Challenge Show, for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

These guys have come a long way since PJ and Duncan. And to celebrate the nation’s favourite duo, we thought we’d highlight their best bits of the year. But what’s your favourite?

Ant and Dec Have a Ball Playing Tasty or Testes!

Make ‘Em Laugh: Ant and Dec vs Philip and Holly

Eamon Holmes Helping Ant and Dec Keep Their Feet on the Ground


Paul O’Grady
The Special Recognition Award was presented to Paul O’Grady for changing the public perception of rehoming rescue dogs. His ITV series For the Love of Dogs, which has run since 2012, has also won two NTAs (2013 and 2014) and follows the hardworking staff and loveable animals of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Mr O’Grady, take a bow!

Paul O’Grady in the Cutest Video Ever


A Big Night for Drama
It’s been another amazing year for drama and the voting public will have struggled to pick favourites. However, Doctor Foster was clearly at the top of many lists, with the show winning best drama, and Suranne Jones receiving the award for best dramatic performance. She beat the likes of David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, and Tom Hardy. Now that’s a list!

Here’s our favourite dramatic moments from series 2:

Gemma and Simon Come Face to Face

Gemma and Tom Leave the Hotel in a Rush

And in the crime drama category, Broadchurch was the winner, beating shows such as Sherlock, Line of Duty and Little Boy Blue. With a strong list of contenders, and in its final series, this must feel extra special for the creators of the show. Here’s David Tennant at his best:

“It’s Completely Voluntary.”


Battle of the Soaps
There was no clear winner in the battle of the soaps. The best Serial Drama award went to Emmerdale, but Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon won best Serial Drama Performance and EastEnders Danny Walters picked up the best Newcomer award.

Here’s the highlights of the actors nominated for best Serial Drama Performance and Lucy Fallon’s acceptance speech.


Story of the Evening
David Walliams received the award for best TV Judge, for Britain’s Got Talent, beating his fellow judge, Simon Cowell. And as you’d expect from Mr Walliams, he has some words for Simon…..


Rest of the Winners
Other successes on the night included:

  • Blue Planet II – winner of the Impact Award
  • Peter Kay’s Car Share – winner of the best Comedy award
  • Strictly Come Dancing – winner of the best Talent Show award
  • Gogglebox – winner of the Factual Entertainment award
  • This Morning – winner of the best Daytime award


Nearly Winners
It’s not all about winning. British television just seems to get better and better. And with wonderful services such as iPlayer, All 4, and the ITV Hub, you can make sure you watch it all. Here are some of our best moments from the TV shows that didn’t win.

Rak-Su Perform their Original Song Dimelo on the X-Factor Final

Tom Hardy Returning from the Dead in Taboo

Best Innuendo of The Great British Bake Off


The Morning After the NTAs
This Morning celebrated their award with some daytime hijinks, while Phil and Holly, like true professionals, hosted brilliantly – even if they were a little worse for wear!



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