The biggest names in British TV have come together under one roof for the annual NTAs ceremony
The National Television Awards 2018 are in full swing – with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnely scooping two awards already.
The biggest names in the biz have come together under one roof for the annual ceremony at London’s O2 arena.
The Geordie duo picked up the award for best Challenge Show for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and the first Bruce Forsyth award for Saturday Night Takeaway.
Taking to the stage, ‘happy and healthy’ looking Ant thanked the audience and the viewers, but failed to mention estranged wife Lisa Armstrong.
Ant said: “Thank you very much. We love making I’m A Celebrity. Thank you for loving it too. We want to make it forever.”
Dec added: “Huge thank you to everyone who voted for us, ITV for their continued support, and the class of 2017. Everybody thank you so much for this very small award.”
Wilnelia Forsyth gave the first Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award to Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
In an emotional speech, she said: “I wish I wouldn’t have to be here standing here in front of you but I a proud and so honoured that this special award is named after my darling Bruce.
“I know he would have loved it because showbusiness was his life. I also know if he was here this evening he’d be saying ‘it’s nice to see you, to see you nice’.”
Picking up the prize after Wilnelia announced them as winners, Ant said: “It is an honour to pick this up, We started filming for Saturday night Takeaway today and we also started filming a little tribute to Sir Bruce.”
Dec added: “We appeared on this very stage with Sir Bruce and it was one of the highlights of our career we are thrilled and honoured to win this.This one’s for you Brucie!
There were tears in the room when Gogglebox won best Factual, with sisters Izzie and Ellie dedicating the award to Leon and June Bernicoff.
The Warner sisters collected the trophy and paid tribute to Leon, who died aged 83 in December last year.
Corrie star Lucy Fallon was in tears as she headed on stage after winning best Serial Drama Performance.
Her character, Bathany Platt, has endured a traumatic year after she was groomed by evil Nathan and his disgusting sex ring.
Lucy Fallon said: “I don’t think I am going to be able speak because I will be crying.
“Thank you to everyone at Coronation Street, all of the cast, the Platt family, everybody who voted, my family, my mum and dad and boyfriend.”
While former Corrie actress Suranne Jones picked up the award for Drama Performance for her role as revenge driven Gemma in Doctor Foster.
Suranne, who previously won the same award in 2016, said: “I really didn’t expect that. This is like the second season as well, it was a risk to make a second because you loved the first so much and we didn’t want to disappoint you, so this means to much.
“Thank you team and thank you Bertie, without a Simon there wouldn’t be a Gemma. I love it thanks, bye.”
TV Judge winner David Walliams hugged and kissed Ant and Dec before he took to the stage to collect his award.
He said: “I don’t look upon this as a victory for me, I look upon it as a humiliation for Simon Cowell. All he does is judge, he can’t sing, he can’t dance, he cant tell jokes, he just says no. We could all do that.”
This year, the Impact Award went to Blue Planet II – this special award celebrates the momentous success of the series, an extraordinary British creative achievement with record audience figures.
The compelling natural history documentary became the nation’s most watched programme of 2017 and the powerful story-telling of Sir David Attenborough has resulted in a public and political call to action to raise awareness, in Britain and across the world, to save our oceans and planet.
The great man himself took to stage to gladly accept the award.
Full list of NTA winners:
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE
BRUCE FORSYTH AWARD
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
THE IMPACT AWARD
Blue Planet II