This year’s National Television Awards, hosted at The O2 and presented by the ever-enthusiastic Dermot O’Leary, was an evening full of deserved winners in my humble opinion. It was a glitzy, star-studded night, peppered with entertainment and emotional speeches. Here are a few of the highlights:
Casualty marks 30 years in style ~ Best Drama, I admit, was a category I had my eye on and the eagle-eyed among you who are likers of Break A Leg’s Facebook page and followers on Break A Leg’s Twitter page will have spotted our very obvious plug for votes. The award was collected by a number of members of the cast and the speech shared between Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Special Recognition 2016 Award Winner, Amanda Mealing and Break A Leg’s Patron, Cath Shipton. Cath has returned to the show as Duffy after a lengthy break, and Amanda previously played the role of Connie in sister show, Holby City, before joining the cast of Casualty. The girls made a wonderful speech which covered all bases and the look of sheer amazement on all of the cast members’ faces was quite something. It’s been a long time coming and I hope there will be more where that one came from. Yes, I’m biased!
Walford Wins ~ Although they missed out on the Serial Drama award (which was a surprise to me…), the Eastenders cast bagged a trophy when Lacey Turner (Stacey Fowler) scooped Best Serial Drama Performance. I admit my vote went to Lacey, as I think that she plays the role of Stacey amazingly well and I can’t imagine life in the Square without her. Lacey is notoriously shy and shocked whenever she wins a prize for her marvellous efforts, but I thought she gave a very confident speech, this year. A cracking actress with such a bright future ahead of her, in and out of Walford.
More glory for Mrs Brown’s Boys ~ And the award for the most members of one family on the O2 stage goes to… this gang are always so infectious when they win an award and Mrs Brown’s Boys have won more than can be mentioned in this humble article (they also have the Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Award for Best Comedy… by the way!). It was obvious early in the evening that Mr O’Carroll was in a mischievous mood when the camera caught him and his wife, Jennifer Gibney snogging!! His winner’s speech was a joy, as always and I wonder if there will be another sitcom to rival their winning streak anytime soon? The Christmas and New Year’s specials were among some of my favourite episodes of the show, so I feel that they are still flying high!
The Dales Dominate ~ Emmerdale ran away with the Best Serial Drama trophy and from the vibe in the room, I suspect it came as quite the surprise to many, not least the triumphant cast an crew. With so many episodes a week and a loyal fan base, perhaps it’s not quite so hard to believe that the back-runner has stormed it this time.
Special Recognition ~ Graham Norton always very (un)graciously accepts that both his good self and his programme are likely to come second place to serial winners, Ant and Dec – who swept the board yet again, as it happens. Therefore, his Special Recognition award was a mighty good idea and long overdue, too. I enjoyed the reel that had been compiled, not least because I had forgotten he had starred in Father Ted. Norton’s list of credits is pretty incredible and if O’Leary were to hand over the baton as Presenter of the National Television Awards, I think there would not be far to look for a replacement.
What’s New Pussy Cat? ~ I can’t not mention Tom Jones and his fablas opening number which set the programme off in style. I am over the moon that I have seen the legend sing live, and it wouldn’t have gone a miss if he’d popped back on for another number or two and started a party in the O2! Good choice!
The full list of nominees and winners can be found here: http://www.nationaltvawards.com/