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The NTAs: The best of British, or did they make a trifle out of it?

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On the 28th of January, our screens were blessed with yet another award show in the form of the 25th National Television Awards hosted by David Walliams, his first in the role. As with any award show, there will be controversies with the winners, especially as they were chosen by us, the public. So what did the UK love most on the small screen?

Chernobyl, unsurprisingly, took home the award for best new drama thanks to its stellar performances and shows while HBO may have had a small hiccup with Game of Thrones S8, they still have the potential to give us some brilliant television. Despite it only having 5 episodes, Chernobyl managed to beat out some serious competition which goes to show that quality of quantity is certainly a way to go, and certainly got a radioactive buzz from the public for it.

The critically acclaimed crime show has been nominated for awards in 2017 and 2019 but sadly didn’t win so it’s great that the show finally got what it rightfully deserved.

Another big winner at the awards is the extremely popular Peaky Blinders with its fifth season bringing in the award for best drama and best performance in a drama for Cillian Murphy’s role as Tom Shelby. The critically acclaimed crime show has been nominated for awards in 2017 and 2019 but sadly didn’t win so it’s great that the show finally got what it rightfully deserved. With teases from the creator, Steven Knight for the upcoming sixth season hopefully Peaky Blinders can deliver yet again.

For the nineteenth consecutive year in a row, Ant and Dec have won the NTA award for best Entertainment/TV presenter. This is an insane record and shows them to be legends in television for years, winning awards since before I was born and hopefully will keep doing so for many more years. The duo currently has over a hundred awards for their contributions to various projects so if that isn’t being good at your job, I don’t know what it is. One small gripe I do have is that the award is for the best presenter, singular, so surely only one of them would get it? Do they alternate years who gets to take them home? Truly some of life’s great questions…

Personally, I think either of those other shows should have won as each wasn’t only just but also held a lot of significance in modern society, especially Sex Education with its crucial use of representation

Mrs. Brown’s Boys took home the award for Best Comedy, bringing its total up to four wins at the NTA. This impressive win was secured against fierce competition from shows like Fleabag, Sex Education and Derry Girls. Personally, I think either of those other shows should have won as each wasn’t only just but also held a lot of significance in modern society, especially Sex Education with its crucial use of representation. But perhaps with Mrs. Brown Boys with it being a staple of British television many felt it would be wrong not to vote for it, hopefully, in future years we will branch out and have a laugh at brilliant comedy shows out there.

The Christmas special for Gavin and Stacey was able to secure the Impact Award. This is clearly well deserved as the special, which was highly anticipated, brought in over 17.1 million viewers live or on catchup. This is an insane number showing how much this show is loved and while many are annoyed at the end, everyone is sure to welcome the show if it returns, even if just another special.

The coveted special recognition award was rightfully awarded to Sir Michael Palin, a member of the comedy group Monty Python and has since made several travel documentaries. The majority of his comedy work was written with the late Terry Jones who Michael gave tribute to in his acceptance speech saying “I want to dedicate this award tonight to someone who taught me more about television than anyone else, my dear friend and erstwhile Python, Terry Jones.” This touching message was a sure improvement to the awards and a heartfelt goodbye to one of the greats.

Credit: National Television Awards, Youtube

Last modified: 10th February 2020

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