David Tennant and Downton Abbey Among the Winners at This Year’s NTAs

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Tonight at London’s O2 arena, the stars of British TV gathered for The National Television Awards. The awards which are voted for by the British public celebrate the best of British TV over the last 12 months.

Tonight’s awards, which were presented by Dermot O’Leary and televised on ITV, also paid tribute to Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride who died on Monday evening. The actress had played Deirdre Barlow on the soap opera for over 40 years, and her on screen husband and close friend William Roache paid tribute to her at this evening’s award ceremony in a speech which certainly left me with a lump in my throat.

As well as the main categories there were a couple of special awards presented this evening. Comic Relief which has been raising money to help with projects overseas for decades now was presented with the Landmark Award.

One of our 4YE favourites David Tennant was honoured with the Special Recognition award because let’s be honest what would TV have been like in the last 10 years without this talented, humble man? Whether it has been in BlackpoolCasanova, Doctor Who, or in more recent years Broadchurch, David Tennant is a staple part of the fabric of British TV. The star looked genuinely shocked at receiving the award as can be seen from his acceptance speech below. I have to say it was a lovely touch to have The Proclaimers present him the award because Tennant makes no secret of his love for the band.

I will say that on the whole the British public voted the right way, that is the way I wanted, but saying Sheridan Smith was better than Dame Maggie Smith? I draw the line there. Yes, Sheridan was brilliant in Cilla and I adore her, but she is not Dame Maggie. Dame Maggie should win everything she is nominated for.

See below for the full list of winners.


WINNER: Gogglebox

Long Lost Family

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Top Gear



WINNER: Maddy Hill (Eastenders)

Lee Mead (Casualty)

Cameron Moore (Hollyoaks)

Michael Parr (Emmerdale)


Skills Challenge Show

Come Dine with Me


The Apprentice

WINNER: The Great British Bake Off


TV Judge

Mary Berry (Great British Bake Off)

Simon Cowell (The X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent)

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (The X-Factor)

WINNER: David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent)


Chat Show Host

WINNER: Alan Carr

Michael McIntyre

Graham Norton

Paul O’Grady

Jonathan Ross




The Chase

The Jeremy Kyle Show

WINNER: This Morning




Doctor Who

WINNER: Downton Abbey



Entertainment Programme

WINNER: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Celebrity Big Brother

I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

Through The Keyhole



WINNER: Celebrity Juice

Game Of Thrones

Geordie Shore

The Walking Dead


Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing

The Voice UK

WINNER: The X Factor


Serial Drama

Coronation Street

WINNER: Eastenders




Serial Drama Performance

Kellie Bright (Eastenders)

WINNER: Danny Dyer (Eastenders)

Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale)

Nikki Sanderson (Coronation Street)




WINNER: Mrs Brown’s Boys


The Big Bang Theory


Drama Performance

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley)

Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

WINNER: Sheridan Smith (Cilla)


Entertainment Presenter

WINNER: Ant & Dec

Keith Lemon

Dermot O’Leary

Bradley Walsh



Kirsty Wallace
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