ITV Success At The National Television Awards
TV stars were out in full force last night for the one of the industry's most valued awards ceremony, the National Television Awards.
Shown on ITV Live from the O2 and hosted by Dermot O'Leary the star-studded bash celebrates British Television in what appears to be TV's 'Golden Age' and is the only industry awards show that is voted solely by the viewers.
ITV scooped 7 out of the 14 categories in the glittering awards show with Coronation Street and Ant and Dec in particular stealing the show.
Serial gong winners, Ant and Dec scooped up 3 awards last night including collecting the award for Entertainment programme for I'm a Celebrity get Me Out of Here! and for the 13th consecutive year the duo won every presenter's dream accolade of Entertainment Presenter. But it was the last award for the cheeky duo that got the Geordie's holding back tears, the highly prestigious Landmark Award, presented by Philip Schofield was awarded to NTA's favourites accompanied with a message from non other than the Price of Wales congratulating the duo on 25 years in the industry and declaring "The nation has taken them to their hearts."
Since bursting onto our screens in 1989 on BBC kids drama Byker Grove, the Geordie duo rose to fame at a rapid rate.
Following a brief stint in the music industry, they went on to present some of the UK’s biggest shows including SMTV Live, Pop Idol and more recently I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and Britain’s Got Talent making the award duly deserved.
Coronation Street has taken viewers on an emotional rollercoaster over the past few months, including this weeks right to die storyline ending with one of the soaps beloved characters, Hayley, committing suicide. The most watched soap was awarded two awards, fighting off stiff competition and winning the much-sought after best Serial Drama and saw Julie Hesmondalgh awarded for her breathtaking portrayal of Hayley Cropper with an award for Best Serial Performance.
As well as Entertainment and Drama, ITV also gained recognition for Factual Entertainment and Daytime genres with tear-wrenching factual programme Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs and Daytime favourite This Morning winning awards.