Tonight sees the National TV awards take place. We attended last year and it dawned on me that it’s quite an odd evening. It’s voted for the public, and annoyingly that means that the best shows of the year get overlooked for mind numbing fan favourites like Mrs. Brown’s Boys and Benidorm.
Here are the nominees and who we think should really win.
Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Cilla and Doctor Who.
WHO WILL WIN: The most recent outing for Holmes and Watson wasn’t as riveting as previous series but Benedict Cumberbatch is virtually unstoppable at the moment.
WHO SHOULD WIN: 2014 was a strong year for British drama and the best like Line of Duty or Sally Wainwright’s masterpiece Happy Valley didn’t make the shortlist. Doctor Who had a stronger year than Sherlock and I’d like to see that win.
Best Drama Performance
Dame Maggie Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Lancashire and Sheridan Smith
WHO WILL WIN: It’ll probably go to Cumberatch again.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Sarah Lancashire gave the performance of her career in Happy Valley. I’m just happy she made the cut I’ll beside myself if she wins. The glaring omission of Keeley Hawes of Line of Duty grates on me here. I’d easily ignore Dame Maggie here and put Keeley in her place.
Best Entertainment Programme
NOMINEES: Saturday Night Takeaway, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Through the Keyhole and Celebrity Big Brother
WILL WIN: Ant and Dec compete against themselves here and I’m A Celebrity looks hot favourite.
SHOULD WIN: I don’t think Ant & Dec can go wrong. I’d like to see them win for I’m a Celebrity as they make that show each and every year.
NOMINEES: Mrs Brown’s Boys, Benidorm, Outnumbered and The Big Bang Theory
WHO WILL WIN: As much as I want to pull my hair out I’d put money on the unfathomable popularity of Mrs. Brown’s Boys causing that to pick up another award.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Despite early scepticisms the final series of Outnumbered was refreshingly moving and it would be nice to see that cast get a final moment of recognition.
NOMINEES: Gogglebox, Long Lost Family, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs and Top Gear
WILL WIN: Paul O’Grady and his furry friends scooped the award last year and it remains one of ITV’s biggest shows. However, the nation finally cottoned on to how wonderful Gogglebox is and after winning a BAFTA last year I think the public affection for the goggleboxers might prove more popular than Battersea
SHOULD WIN: Surely it has to be Gogglebox.
NOMINEES: The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice UK Britain’s Got Talent
WILL WIN: Strictly tends to win this most years.
SHOULD WIN: Strictly. It coped well with its new presenting team, delivered a decent series and exhibits the warmth and entertainment that even Britain’s Got Talent lacked recently.
Best TV Judge
NOMINEES: Mary Berry, Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
WILL WIN: I’d be surprised if Mary Berry doesn’t win this. She’s universally loved.
SHOULD WIN: It really should go to Mary. All the others have had their time, we know them too well and they’re less genuine than Mary.
Best Chat Show Host.
NOMINEES: Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, Graham Norton, Paul O’Grady, Jonathan Ross
WILL WIN: I think this could go to Alan Carr.
SHOULD WIN: The most consistent chat show is Norton’s. He gets the better guests, but in truth Graham himself is the drawer and he delivers the most consistently entertaining show of the bunch.
Best Multi Channel Show.
NOMINEES: Geordie Shore, Celebrity Juice, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead
WILL WIN: This category bemuses me. I’m not sure what ‘multi channel’ means. Game of Thrones won the audience vote last year and has legions of fans, it should go to the HBO giant.
SHOULD WIN: Game of Thrones, if Keith Lemon goes anywhere near that stage I’ll be livid.
Do you agree?
The National Teleivison Awards airs tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.