After the rather low-key affair that was the National Movie Awards, it’s good to get back to what is often a genuinely interesting and entertaining evening, with the National Television Awards. The long-list came out way back in the summer, but now voting has gone live for the shortlists.
Well, you know that we TVScoopers aren’t short of an opinion or two, so if you pop over the cut you’ll see all the nominated shows, presenters and actors and who we’re backing to win. Yes, we might just be supporting Life On Mars…
Most Popular Actress:
Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones, Doctor Who)
Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater, Eastenders)
Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann, Eastenders)
Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw, Coronation Street)
Tough one this, because it’s hard to work out whether Freema was an average actress, or just badly served by the writers. I can’t bring myself to back her, so it’ll have to be that fiery Stacey.
Most Popular Actor:
Antony Cotton (Sean Tully, Coronation Street)
Charlie Clements (Bradley Branning, Eastenders)
David Tennant (The Doctor, Doctor Who)
James Sutton (John Paul McQueen, Hollyoaks)
Tennant really got the chance to stretch himself this series, and I’d love to see him win the award, but an honourable mention should go to Sutton too, for actually being believable in Hollyoaks. Astonishing.
Most Popular Comedy Programme:
Harry Hill’s TV Burp
The Catherine Tate Show
Well, what a dull old list. No Peep Show? TV Burp is always fun, though.
Most Popular Reality TV Programme:
I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here
Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands
Well there’s only one winner here, surely? The Apprentice is one of the most entertaining TV shows of the year overall.
Most Popular Serial Drama:
We know who the guys over at CorrieBlog will be voting for! I, on the other hand, wanted Neighbours to win…
Most Popular Newcomer:
Gemma Merner (Carmel McQueen, Hollyoaks)
Kym Ryder (Michelle Connor, Coronation Street)
Joseph Gilgun (Eli Dingle, Emmerdale)
Jo Joyner (Tanya Branning, Eastenders)
Can I get through this without you realising that Neighbours is the only soap I watch…?!
Most Popular Factual Programme:
The F Word
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Jeremy Kyle – factual?! Really?! Well in what’s a pretty weak category I’ll go for Top Gear.
Most Popular Drama Programme:
Life On Mars
So it’s Doctor Who vs Life On Mars, two of our very favourite programmes going head to head. I’d have to go for Life On Mars though, as I felt this series of Doctor Who was a tad below-par, and Life On Mars deserves every accolade.
Most Popular Entertainment Presenter:
Ant & Dec
There are three contenders here, I’d say, in Ant & Dec, Wossy and Graham Norton. It’s a tough choice, as they all do what they do very well – Maria and Joseph would have been dull shows without Norton, for example. But Wossy, I think, remains a cut above.
Most Popular Talent Show:
Any Dream Will Do
Britain’s Got Talent
Dancing On Ice
Strictly Come Dancing
The X Factor
Personally, I’d go for Strictly every time, as I feel it’s made with such care and the contestants get so much out of it, but I suspect that this award will go ITV’s way, when you look at the ratings.
Most Popular Entertainment Programme:
An Audience with Take That Live
Eight Out Of Ten Cats
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross
Deal Or No Deal
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Bit of an odd bunch really… Takeaway is good old fashioned light entertainment I guess, and I’d never begrudge those boys an award. If they or Jonathan Ross win, I’ll be happy.
Somehow, the list doesn’t seem to exactly sum up all the quality that television has produced this year, but all the big hitters are there and that’s precisely what this awards show is about. (Go Life On Mars!)Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip