National Television Awards 2022: Ant and Dec win 21st consecutive Best Presenter gong AND Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award but the duo are absent from ceremony after falling ill with Covid
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnnelly took home their 21st consecutive Best Presenter award and the Bruce Forsyth award at the National Television Awards on Thursday.
Unfortunately, the TV duo were not there to accept their awards as they have both fallen ill with Covid and had to stay at home.
The Bruce Forsyth Award went to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with Emmerdale star Danny Miller who won last year’s series accepting the gong along with several other stars from the 21st season.
Success: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off proceedings at the National Television Awards on Thursday as the show won the coveted Bruce Forsyth Entertaintment Award
Danny said: ‘On behalf of Ant and Dec who have Covid so they can’t be here tonight, Stephen Mulhern is in the crowd so I’m not sure why he’s not accepting for them.
‘I’d like to say on behalf of the crew and castmates, although we had to have an evacuation, they managed to get us back on and we all got paid.
‘A massive thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who made the show what it is. A massive thanks to the cast and crew and best of luck back in Australia.’
The show was nominated alongside The Graham Norton Show, Taskmaster and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Ill: Unfortunately, hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were not there to accept their award as they have both fallen ill with Covid (pictured in September 2021)
Presenters: The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award was presented by Michelle Visage and Oti Mabuse
The next award was Best New Drama which was won by the ITV thriller series Thriller Point with show star Vicky McClure accepting the gong.
In her speech, she said: ‘What’s incredible about the NTAs, it’s the fans and viewers and that’s what matters in television. I want to say thank you to Jed Mercurio and to our wonderful directors and everyone who worked on this.’
For the first time ever, the NTAs gave out an award for TV expert with the nominees being Kaleb Cooper, Martin Lewis, Sir David Attenborough and Jay Blades with money expert Martin taking home the trophy.
The This Morning regular was given a resounding applause and said: ‘When your up against a treasure like David Attenborough, you don’t expect to win. Whoever said we’ve had enough of experts, we haven’t. We need them more than ever.
Winners: The next award was Best New Drama which was won by the ITV thriller series Thriller Point with show star Vicky McClure accepting the gong
Honoured: For the first time ever, the NTAs gave out an award for TV expert to Martin Lewis
‘It’s been a pretty horrible year financially. I’m afraid the next year with the mortgage problem and the knock on to rents is going to be pretty bad and we need someone to get a grip on the economy and put things better. I’ll leave that to my show which is back on next Tuesday, tonight this nerd is going to party.’
Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke was honoured with the TV Judge award for his efforts on the BBC One series.
The star thanked his wife Hannah Summers and the show’s executive producer Sarah James in his speech, saying: ‘Thank you to everyone who voted, who’s watching the show. Thank you to my wife.
‘Sarah James, let me tell you about Sarah James. I love this woman, she’s the great thing to happen to television, thank you for giving me the job. That’s why I love her, I won’t deny. Thank you so much.’
Overjoyed: Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke was honoured with the TV Judge award for his efforts on the BBC One series
Next up, host Joel Dommett told the audience that soap Emmerdale are celebrating 50 years on the air this year with the cast and crew being surprised by a video from King Charles III.
The monarch said: ‘I am delighted to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emmerdale. I’m afraid I’m so old I can remember when it was called Emmerdale farm.
‘It’s testament to it’s production team that it has since become an important British institution and a major British export. What makes Emmerdale so special is it has kept true to the vision of its original writer who wanted to demonstrate that farming is not just a job, it’s a whole way of life.
‘On a daily basis, Emmerdale continues to depict what life is like for those who work the land and protect our precious countryside. It also addresses the longterm sustainability of the way we produce our food.
‘It’s only right that the National Television Awards recognise the enormous contribution Emmerdale has made and I hope those watching will joining me in celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and wishing it an equally successful future.’
Surprise: Host Joel Dommett told the audience that soap Emmerdale are celebrating 50 years on the air this year with the cast and crew being surprised by a video from King Charles III
The award for Serial Drama Performance was next up with former footballer Michael Owen and his Love Island star daughter Gemma presenting the award.
Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock took home the gong and said: ‘So, just follow the king then! The three actresses, their work is off the scale, extraordinary work. I’d like to thank everyone at Emmerdale.
‘Every script was this heart-breaking gift, the Stroke Association who were so supportive. It feels like an important journey we’ve been on raising awareness. I’d like to thank the public, I didn’t think I’d any chance in winning this.
‘You’ve overwhelmed me by voting for me, I’m going to take this away and stare at it for ages.’
Peaky Blinders took home the award for Returning Drama which was presented by members of the England lionesses.
Show creator and screenwriter Steven Knight confirmed the Peaky Blinders film would begin shooting in the coming months.
He said: ‘Thank you to all our fans. It’s been a great journey. It’s become a global thing and the most important thing is the British fans who spotted it early, made it what it is and that’s what this is all about. We’re going to keep going, we’re going to make a film, we start shooting in spring.’
Matt Lucas took to the stage to present the Comedy Award, which was won by Ricky Gervais’ Netflix show Afterlife.
The comedian looked shocked to have won the award and gave a brief speech, saying: ‘Thank you so much, a genuine surprise. I’ll keep It brief, my feet are killing me. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew. Thank you to Netflix and thank you to everyone who voted.’
Ant and Dec, who have won best presenter at the NTAs for 20 consecutive years, are suffering from flu-like symptoms and are ‘bed bound’ with the contagious infection.
A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson announced on Wednesday that the pair are ‘unwell’ and won’t be working until they recover.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Ant and Dec are gutted. They love the NTAs, it’s the best night in TV, and for them it’s an event they always look forward to.
‘They’re both feeling really poorly but will be watching the show from bed and hope to be well and working again soon.’
A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive.
‘The duo will be postponing work commitments whilst they recover.’
The pair confirmed the news on their Instagram account, sharing a picture of their positive tests as they quipped: ‘we even get ill together!’
Their absence at the star-studded NTAs won’t go unnoticed by viewers, who have voted for Ant and Dec to win best presenter for over two decades.
NTAs host Joel Dommett has tipped Alison Hammond though to finally end the duo’s 20-year winning streak by taking home the Best Presenter gong.
The comedian, 37, describes the This Morning host, 47, as a ‘force of nature’ and says if anyone can beat the Geordies, it’s her.
But Joel is keen to stress that Ant and Dec, who have bowed out of tonight’s ceremony after testing positive for Covid, are still very much at the peak of their powers and another victory would be deserved.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline ahead of Thursday’s ceremony, Joel said: ‘Alison is very popular… it could be the year for Alison to break Ant and Dec’s streak.
‘For me it’s a win, win situation and I’m sure it is for them as well.
‘Ant and Dec are still so good. If everyone was just voting for them because they’ve won it for 20 years they may as well just win another I would understand, but people don’t vote for them for that. Viewers vote for them because they’re so good still.’
On Alison’s hopes, he added: ‘But If it was to go to anyone else then I would be happy for it to go to Alison – she’s a wonderful force of nature, very infectious, and she’s always been that way.
‘Since I met her 10 years ago, she’s always been like that.
‘She has been on TV for so long and has become this main presenter the last couple of years, but she was on Big Brother, I’m A Celeb, she’s had a hell of a career.’
Elsewhere, Alison’s ITV show This Morning will compete with The Chase, The Repair Shop and Loose Women for the Daytime Award.
Neighbours is set to go head-to-head with UK soaps, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale for Serial Drama award.
The Australian show has been nominated for one final final gong at the upcoming ceremony, after its 37 year TV reign ended with an emotional finale in July.
Tom Parker – who died aged 33 in March following a battle with brain cancer – receives a posthumous nomination for his moving documentary, Inside My Head.
This year’s NTA shortlist features more streamers than ever before, reflecting the changing broadcasting landscape.
The likes of Heartstopper, After Life, Sex Education, Bridgerton and Clarkson’s Farm prove the sheer breadth of programming that the digital providers now offer.
Four productions that set pulses racing for very different reasons compete for the New Drama award. Heartstopper became an instant coming-of-age classic, while This is Going to Hurt provided a visceral look at life on the NHS frontline.
Time, meanwhile, took us behind bars to show us the brutal realities of prison, and Trigger Point proved to be an incendiary Sunday-night hit.
The Talent Show contenders each gave us showstopping moments, with Krystal Versace becoming the youngest ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, while Rose Ayling-Ellis gave us a glimpse into her world with a silent Strictly Come Dancing routine.
The private lives of well-known faces were revealed in the candid Authored Documentary category.
Inaugural winner Kate Garraway gave an update on her husband’s treatment in Caring for Derek, and Katie Price shared her son’s next chapter in What Harvey Did Next.
Plus, Julia Bradbury charted her medical journey in Breast Cancer & Me, Paddy and Christine McGuinness shed light on disability in Our Family and Autism, while The Wanted’s Tom receives a nomination for his moving cancer study.
Elsewhere, comic Axel Blake wowed crowds on Britain’s Got Talent and Natalie Imbruglia kept us guessing as the triumphing costumed performer on The Masked Singer.
There were head-turning entrances and exits in the Drama Performance category, with Vicky McClure fraying nerves in the debut of Trigger Point, while Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) and Nicola Walker (The Split) both said goodbye to beloved roles.
Plus, Jonathan Bailey took centre stage in the second season of racy period phenomenon Bridgerton.
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award continues to honour those who keep the spirit of consummate showman Brucie alive.
Two Ant & Dec favourites – Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! – are in contention, with competition coming from often-surreal but always-hilarious Taskmaster and A-lister magnet The Graham Norton Show.
In Comedy the heartbreaking final series of Ricky Gervais’ After Life takes on the finely tuned farce of Not Going Out.
Also in contention for the coveted award are Sex Education and Derry Girls, which delivered a fittingly emotional finale that left viewers wanting more.
THE 2022 NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS NOMINEES
This Is Going To Hurt
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me
Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek
Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next
Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism
Tom Parker: Inside My Head
Call the Midwife
Ant & Dec
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
The Great British Bake Off
Cillian Murphy, Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders
Jonathan Bailey, Anthony Bridgerton, Bridgerton
Nicola Walker, Hannah, The Split
Vicky McClure, Lana Washington, Trigger Point
THE BRUCE FOSRYTH ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
Sir David Attenborough
SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE
Mark Charnock, Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale
Paige Sandhu, Meena Jutla, Emmerdale
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
QUIZ GAME SHOW
Beat the Chasers
In for a Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
The 1% Club
Charithra Chandran, Edwina Sharma, Bridgerton
Joe Locke, Charlie Spring, Heartstopper
Kit Connor, Nick Nelson, Heartstopper
Paddy Bever, Max Turner, Coronation Street
The Repair Shop
Not Going Out
TALENT SHOW JUDGE
Anton Du Beke
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