National Television Awards 2019 – Musings of an attendee…

Another National Television Awards ceremony has passed and it was an interesting, slightly controversial star-studded evening.

As an entertainment blogger with big love for all things telly and a working relationship and indeed friendships with a few familiar names from the small screen, I like to attend the awards whenever possible. I was a regular attender of the National Television Awards during the good old days when the Royal Albert Hall was the venue for the event. This year saw my third visit to the show since the move to the O2 and the extortionate charge to meet the celebrities on the red carpet came into being.

I’m often asked if it’s as good to be there as it looks on the telly and whether it’s worth paying for a ticket to go etc. The honest answer is that you do get a better view on your television at home, however I also believe that everybody should experience it at least once. Had the ceremony and set up remained the same as during Sir Trevor McDonald’s tenure – then I wouldn’t have hesitated to recommend that everyone with a passion for television pays a visit and indeed for a ticket, if they can. Every trip to the O2 for me has been widely different, however what stood out this time was the number of people in the audience who were going in and out of the auditorium at regular intervals and not during commercial breaks. This was disruptive to the evening itself for us members of the public. It’s no mean feat going up and down those stairs all the time either, they must have had a great workout!

The basic charge before fees for a red carpet ticket which includes a seat at the ceremony itself is £120. Prior to the move to the O2 it was free to attend the red carpet before and after the ceremony. There was a degree of scrambling which was kept under control by stewards, however on the whole it wasn’t a bad experience and helped to build up the excitement and anticipation before we piled into the venue itself. During commercial breaks inside the Albert Hall the nominees would make their way over to have photos with us and sign autographs too. It felt like we were all in it together, actors, crew members, directors, producers and us, the viewers.

As it’s an awards ceremony voted for by the public, back in those days it truly felt like the public got something back for supporting the various television shows. If you didn’t have an opportunity to see your favourite celebrity before the show or during, there was always a good chance that you would meet them afterwards. Indeed I was able to arrange to meet friends who were nominated and we’d easily find one another amongst the throng. On all three occasions that I’ve been in the audience at the O2 it’s been impossible to meet any nominees in my social and working circle.

So why the big change? Security risks are heightened of course due to a vast number of reasons and social media and all its pitfalls have also added to the mix. There are a few ‘fans’ out there who troll celebrity social media accounts and they could be loose cannons on occasions such as these I expect. It’s such a shame though because the event which I have always loved being a part of now feels like an us and them situation – those who are on TV versus those who aren’t. Separated and kept under lock and key by more security staff than you can shake a stick at – and you’d be wise not to shake a stick or you’d find yourself back on the tube before the stars were in their seats. Which wouldn’t be difficult! At the Royal Albert Hall the nominees were always seated well in advance of the show going live. At the O2 it’s almost more entertaining to watch the celebrities being herded in, rather like cats, than it is to watch the show. As you will no doubt have spotted on your screens this year, they are seldom in their seats ahead of the show being broadcast.

Although there is a notable barrier between Joe public and the television greats, there are a handful of stars who like to boogie with the warm up man and get the crowd ready to party. This year Brendan O’Carroll and Jennifer Gibney aka Mrs Brown and Cathy Brown were having a dance and cheering with the audience before Dermot came on to do his thing. Last year we had Ruth Langsford and Alison Hammond strutting their stuff. The various television theme tunes are blasted out and we can see footage from the red carpet to spark our enthusiasm. It’s after that I feel the show becomes something of a damp squib.

The positive side of the night for me personally is that I go with friends and we have a brilliant time. This year we were treated to a ‘red carpet’ make over by Bobbi Brown UK in John Lewis and Partners, Oxford Street ahead of the show and spent our time enjoying a good catch up. It is what you make it, and if you want to spend the big bucks to meet the stars on the red carpet, the opportunity is there. It’s not what we’re keen to do but it would certainly be an experience not to be forgotten I’m sure. You can book tickets for next year so if you feel it’s time to see what all the fuss is about and see the inside of the awards for yourself, book now: www.nationaltvawards.com/

Photo Credits: National Television Awards/ITV

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National Television Awards 2019 – My Highlights

The dust has settled on another National Television Awards – the free bar for the nominees and their plus ones has been pounded, the ticket holding members of the public have finally felt able to put their shoes back on (I saw many a fellow attendee with sore feet, clutching their inappropriate choices of footwear in their hands!) and the winners are all admiring their spectacular trophies I expect. Did you vote in this year’s National Television Awards and did your favourites win?

Here’s what I thought of the various outcomes and I’ll let you in on who I had my money on in each category too… (when I say money, I do mean Monopoly cash – just so you know and so my husband doesn’t fly into a blind panic if he reads this!)…

Factual Entertainment: Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs

I voted for this show, I think its stood the test of time and like many members of the British public, I love animals and want to see them living their best life. Paul is an inspirational guy and as a presenter with such as passion for dogs, the combination couldn’t be better. A much deserved win!

Quiz Show: The Chase

Another show I voted for, I love Bradley Walsh as a presenter, I think the banter between the various chasers and the contestants is good entertainment value and I think the format is very watchable. It has long been my favourite quiz show. Happy viewer and voter!

New Drama : Bodyguard

Of course it was, and of course I voted for this. BBC One has needed a gripping drama of this quality to up its game with so many channel choices out there. Richard Madden was a top choice to take the title role and I will never forget the first episode, edge of my seat and almost on the floor! An unsurprising winner.

Drama Performance: Richard Madden

Did I vote for him? Why yes you nosy devils, I did indeed! He’s not been on my radar before Bodyguard but he’s on it now and will remain so for a long time to come. A humble winner who couldn’t have been better cast in such a prolific role, long may Madden reign!

Talent Show: Strictly Come Dancing

Yes I voted for Strictly! It’s one of my all time favourite shows and I thought last year’s was one of the bet years they’ve had so far. They seem to be able to do no wrong as they also won last year. I’m just gutted that none of the judges made it to the shortlist this year.

Comedy: Peter Kay’s Car Share

If I had been putting money on National Television Awards winners I’d have been steaming ahead by now as this was another of my choices. Peter Kay developed a comedy in Car Share that we’ve not seen anywhere else and it never failed to tickle me. The episode featuring the monkey will be a memory I’ll always laugh out loud at. It was the last time that the show would be eligible as it has come to a close now, so it’s lovely that they won and great for Peter Kay too as he’s been off the scene.

Newcomer: James Moore

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so elated when a winner has been announced at this show. James Moore has been such a terrific addition to the Emmerdale cast and I wouldn’t have voted for anyone else. He made a fantastic entrance to claim his trophy and he’s raising the profile of actors with a disability. I hope he stays in the soap long enough to be in the running for a best actor award in future years.

Daytime: This Morning

I think I’d be hard pushed to think of a better winner, This Morning trumps all the other nominees every time and was naturally on my radar to vote for with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford being two of my all time best loved presenters. I do wonder if the public vote for it just so they can watch a hungover Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby the next morning though…

TV Judge: David Walliams

I have to admit that I failed to vote in this category when the shortlist was announced as I wanted Shirley Ballas from Strictly Come Dancing to be in the running. David Walliams is extremely entertaining but his choices of act on Britain’s Got Talent to go through are usually slightly off the wall and not necessarily the same choices I’d make. So although he was probably one of the best shortlisted nominees in that category, I was a bit disappointed. Sorry! It also broke my winning streak, but then I was never in the running for this one with my beloved Ms Ballas out of the picture!

Drama : Peaky Blinders

I didn’t vote for the show, I’ve never watched it, however I can see why it won as I know the following are strong and committed. I had a dilemma as to who I voted for as I support Casualty and the cast, but I adore Call The Midwife, so I was torn. I went with the latter but all my work colleagues went with the former!

TV Presenter: Ant & Dec

I voted for Bradley Walsh, let’s get that out there straight away before I dissect this controversial little nugget. Had Dec been available to vote for by himself in this category, I might have considered voting for him. Ant very graciously and rightly announced that the award belonged to Dec so no hard feelings as far as I’m concerned. The public awarded it to them and assuming the vote counting was correct, that’s the end of it. I’m pleased for Dec.

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Yes, a worthy winner and the one I voted for. I’m back in the game! However, I have to admit it would not have been my choice in previous years. This year the king of jam roly poly, Harry Redknapp made it unmissable for me and I really enjoyed the combination of Dec and Holly Willoughby, which I wasn’t sure would be the best before the show started. Worthy winner!

Serial Drama Performance: Danny Dyer

My vote went to Emmerdale’s Emma Atkins however it was a tough decision and I had considered putting my vote Mr Dyer’s way. He livens up Eastenders that’s for sure and the recent storyline he’s been at the centre of has had me glued. So although Emmerdale’s Charity Dingle pipped it for me personally when it came to voting – Mr Dyer was never far from the radar either.

Serial Drama: Emmerdale

They’re on a winning streak as they won last year too. Coronation Street received my vote this year however Emmerdale were always a close second. All the soaps have upped their game at some point over the last twelve months and should all be congratulated for hard work, excellent episodes and continually entertaining us. Well done Emmerdale, with all the episodes you lot churn out you deserve the recognition. For a full list of winners and more highlights check out the official website for National Television Awards and you can also book tickets for next year’s show: www.nationaltvawards.com/

Photo credits: BBC and National Television Awards Official Website

British Soap Awards 2018

The British Soap Awards are always a must-watch at Entertainment Views HQ, we are avid soap fans and love to find out who the public has chosen as their soap opera favourites. Hosted by Phillip Schofield, this was the first year the awards show had gone live and the selected venue – Hackney Empire Theatre was a good choice. The show ran to time, almost, slightly thrown off-kilter when 80’s small screen legends Cagney (Sharon Gless) and Lacey (Tyne Daly) arrived to announce the winner of Best Soap. Their banter was one of the highlights of the evening, it was fantastic to see the pair reunited.

Without further ado, here are the winners, together with Entertainment Views‘ opinion on the chosen ones:

Winners — 2018

Voted by the British public

Best British Soap

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We agree! It’s pushed boundaries in the past twelve months and Phelan (Connor McIntyre) has kept us gripped. Worthy winner.

Best Actor

Jack P Shepherd

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: Yes, David Platt is a fantastic character and Jack P Shepherd plays him like a second skin.

Best Actress

Lucy Fallon

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: An unsurprising win as Lucy Fallon is the girl of the moment.

Greatest Moment

Hotten Bypass Crash

Emmerdale (2016)

Entertainment Views thinks: Spectacular, Emmerdale at its finest.
Voted by the panel

Villain of the Year

Connor McIntyre

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: Who else?

Best Male Dramatic Performance

Ross Adams

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views Thinks: We’d always thought he had been un underrated actor, so this award goes to show how much his talent is appreciated in the industry.

Best Female Dramatic Performance

Lucy Fallon

Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We refer you to our comments above – this girl can do no wrong at the moment.

Best Comedy Performance

Ian Midlane

Doctors

Entertainment Views thinks: A worthy winner, it’s great to see Doctors being included – it’s not often they win a public vote, however the panel can be relied upon to give them a shout out.

Best Young Actor

Isobel Steele

Emmerdale

Entertainment Views thinks: A talented young actor, her recent storyline has really brought her to the fore.

Scene of the Year

Bollywood Proposal

Doctors

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Lauren & Abi’s Rooftop Fall

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: A tied vote, eh? We agree that both scenes stood out in their individual ways and you probably couldn’t judge them against one another, really. The rooftop fall was a heart-stopping scene.

Best On-Screen Partnership

Malique Thompson-Dwyer & Theo Graham

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: Hollyoaks have some of the best on-screen partnerships.

Best Newcomer

Lorraine Stanley

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: She’s phenomenal, if this had gone to public vote we’d have backed Lorraine to win.

Best Storyline

Lily’s Self-harm

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: This storyline was so on point that we often found it difficult to watch. Hollyoaks do hard-hitting drama like no other.

Best Single Episode

Three Mothers, Three Daughters

Hollyoaks

Entertainment Views thinks: Absolutely spot on, a glorious episode which explored emotions like no other.

Outstanding Achievement

Rudolph Walker

EastEnders

Entertainment Views thinks: Yeah man! A perfect choice who has long deserved an accolade.

Tony Warren Award

Kieran Roberts

former Executive Producer – Coronation Street

Entertainment Views thinks: We remember Kieran from when he joined Emmerdale, continuing drama are lucky to have him, as are the ITV.

Photo Credits: BBC & ITV

National Television Awards 2017 ~ Winners Round-Up

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!

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Casualty win Best Drama

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.

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Lacey Turner with her much deserved trophy!

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!

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Mrs Brown’s Boys win again!

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.

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At last! Well done, Mr Norton!

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!

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What a treat to be entertained by this legend.

The full list of nominees and winners can be found here: http://www.nationaltvawards.com/

 

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