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 My Family The Catherine Tate Show Ugly Betty Well, what a dull old list. No Peep Show? TV Burp is always fun, though.
Most Popular Reality TV Programme: Big Brother I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands The Apprentice 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: Coronation Street Eastenders Emmerdale Hollyoaks 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 This Morning Top Gear Jeremy Kyle – factual?! Really?! Well in what’s a pretty weak category I’ll go for Top Gear.
Most Popular Drama Programme: Doctor Who Life On Mars Shameless The Bill 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 Fern Britton Graham Norton Jonathan Ross Paul O’Grady 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!)