National Television Awards: Our Picks

by | Jan 5, 2016 | All, TV News

So, the shortlist for this year’s National Television Awards has been confirmed. As the nominees and winners are chosen by the public it’s the normal predictable list with critically acclaimed or more cult shows completely ignored but here are our picks for winners. You can also vote Here.

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent. Strictly aside this is only one on the list we still have a genuine soft spot for. Britain’s Got Talent is always enjoyable, doesn’t take itself too seriously and never outstays its welcome. Ant & Dec are wonderful and we’ve always enjoyed not having a clue what’s coming next.

The other nominees are: Strictly Come Dancing

                                        The Voice UK

                                        The X Factor

Challenge Show

The Great British Bake Off. Whilst we thought this series of The Apprentice was superb, as the catergory is challenge this has to go to The Bake Off. It’s still one of the most enjoyable series on TV with likeable contestants who you really want to succeed. The other shows are so over dramatised and over produced.

The other nominees are:Bear Grylls: Mission Survive


                                             The Apprentice



Peter Kay’s Car Share. Of course there was no question we’d pick this. Not only the best BBC comedy of the year but the best BBC comedy in recent memory. We loved everything about Car Share: it’s wonderfully simple premise, the chemistry between Peter Kay and Sian Gibson, Forever FM and the observational comedy. Just comedic perfection. If anything else wins I’ll disown the British public.

The other nominees are: Benidorm

                                   Birds of a Feather

                                     Not Going Out


Downton Abbey . A tough category that showcases the lack of great returning dramas on British television at the moment. Since we don’t want to even think about a second of that abysmal second series of Broadchurch again we’ll go for Downton Abbey which came to an end last year.

The other nominees are: Broadchurch


                                     Doctor Who

New Drama

Humans. As this a public vote and the public seemed adore Aidan Turner shirtless on a Sunday evening, we’re quite sure this will go to Poldark but special mention to go to Humans. It certainly wins on the originality scale and we excited about the prospects of series 2 this year. We enjoyed Doctor Foster too but of the shows on the list Humans trumps it.

The other nominees are: Doctor Foster

                                       Ordinary Lies


Drama Performance

Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) Surrane Jones was the reason we were so glued to Doctor Foster. She appeared in almost every scene of the five-part affair drama and there’s a chance that if the role had gone to lesser actress we wouldn’t have been as drawn in. We’ve got our suspicions that shirtless Aidan stands a good chance too.

The other nominees are: Sheridan Smith (Black Work)

                                     David Tennant (Broadchurch)

                                       Aidan Turner (Poldark)


Game of Thrones

Orange is the New Black

The Big Bang Theory

Entertainment Programme

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. We’d be happy to see this go to either of the two shows that Ant & Dec host in this category, but you can’t beat the good old fashioned Saturday night entertainment of Takeaway.

The other nominees are: Celebrity Juice

                   I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

                   The Graham Norton Show

Factual Entertainment

Gogglebox. This has to win surely. It’s become a cultural phenomenon since it began quietly as a four-parter back in 2013. Always relevant, consistently funny and thought provoking it’s one of the most important TV shows to hit TV in recent years.

The other nominees are: DIY SOS: The Big Build

                                Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

                                Top Gear

TV Presenter

Ant & Dec. We have a real soft spot for the work do Mel & Sue do on the Bake-off but this has gone to Ant & Dec for as long as our little TV obsessed minds can remember and should go to them again this year. Everything they touch (bar Red or Black) turns to gold. They’re special.

The other nominees are:Graham Norton

                                      Mel & Sue

                                      Rylan Clark


Serial Drama

Coronation Street




Serial Drama Performance

Danny Dyer (EastEnders)

Alison King (Coronation Street)

Michael Parr (Emmerdale)

Rakhee Thakrar (EastEnders)


Gemma Atkinson (Emmerdale)

Richard Blackwood (EastEnders)

Parry Glasspool (Hollyoaks)

Shayne Ward (Coronation Street)

Live Magazine Show

BBC Breakfast

Loose Women

The One Show

This Morning



The Chase

The Jeremy Kyle Show

The Paul O’Grady Show

The results will be revealed on the evening of 20th January from the 02, with Dermot O’Leary returning as host. 

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