We break down the 2016 NTA’s

by | Jan 20, 2016 | All, Reviews

The biggest night in TV land has arrived.  Here’s my round up of the awards show itself, along with my thoughts on the award winners.

The entertainment, the outfits and the winners; it’s all here.

Absolutely loved Gloria Gaynor kicking off the show with her iconic showstopper I Will Survive, throw a bit of Destiny’s Child into the mix with Survivor and you have a total winner on your hands.  All that was missing was Dermot pulling some of his famous moves.

Challenge Show was the first category and who better than NTA Award Winning veterans (think they’re on their 14th consecutive year of winning or something?) to present the award.

With 14 million viewers and the fact it was the most watched show of 2015, it was never in doubt that Great British Bake Off would win.  Myself, I don’t watch it, but seeing Mary Berry cry was a rather sweet moment.  I voted Masterchef and to be honest as long as Alan Sugar’s The Apprentice didn’t win then I really didn’t mind who took the accolade.

Dermot really is the best possible host for this show.  Charismatic, charming and quick witted with it too, he has that laidback nature about him that I find endearing to watch.  I really did miss him on The X Factor last year.

Back to the awards themselves and the next category we have is Drama.  Aidan Turner, every housewife in the lands favourite was chosen to present this award, he really is ridiculously handsome.  Anyway, I digress, Downton Abbey was crowned Best Drama.  Is it me, or is Downton just a bit dull?  That was one bandwagon I never found myself jumping on.

Lee Mack took to the stage to present Best Entertainment Programme, I used to have a right crush on him.  Don’t ask why, I’m not really sure myself.  I’m A Celebrity took the gong for this category, and I think they probably deserved it.  Yet another NTA for Ant & Dec, considering they were nominated for 2 awards in this category they stood a pretty good chance of walking away with one.  The duo accepted the award along with fellow Geordie; Vicky Pattison who was crowned Queen of the Jungle back in December, you just know she’s got her eyes on a presenting award herself in the future!

Next up was Best Serial Drama performance presented by Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie             and I was really rooting for Alison King who plays Carla Connor in Corrie.  She is a superb actress who is probably the best bit about Coronation Street for me, so I was a little bit disappointed that it went to Danny Dyer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of Danny, but I don’t watch Eastenders.  I have to say, however, he did give a fantastic acceptance speech, giving credit to the other actors nominated, was he pissed?  Most definitely.  But that’s what makes him Danny facking Dyer!!

Greg James was the next presenter awarding best Comedy, joined by an absolutely gorgeous, if not unreliable dog who wandered off stage!  Unfortunately, I didn’t watch any of the nominated shows, however, I hold Peter Kay in very high regard so was secretly hoping he would walk off with the NTA.  I had my fingers crossed the award wouldn’t go to Birds of a Feather, that show should’ve been left firmly in the 90’s if you ask me! Peter Kay’s Carshare was the lucky recipient of the gong and I was made up for him.  He looked genuinely over the moon and as expected delivered a typically Peter Kay acceptance speech.

The Impact Award was next, an award that wasn’t voted for by the general public.  It was decided that Aidan Turner should receive this award for his part in BBC1’s Poldark.

Nadiya, winner of GBBO was presenting the award for Live Magazine and I don’t think there were many surprised that This Morning took the award.  Thank God Phil was on hand to help Holly to the stage to collect the gong, she looked like she was about to suffer from drop foot and take a tumble down the staircase.  Good old Phil.

The lovely Rylan took to the stage to present the next award, for Best Newcomer awarded to Shayne Ward of X Factor fame who’s now taking a turn in Coronation Street.  I want to know what Richard Blackwood who was also nominated for Eastenders was saying ‘I know’ to as the camera panned to him when the winner was announced.  Perhaps someone was saying “I can’t believe he won that”.  Or perhaps not, it’s anyone’s guess!

The giving of awards was temporarily halted to allow X Factor alumni Fleur East to perform her new song.  It was alright, but it ain’t no Gloria Gaynor.

The awards soon resumed with the category New Drama.  I was keeping everything crossed for the simply magnificent Doctor Foster to win this accolade.   Ordinary Lies was another brilliant drama which I thoroughly enjoyed too but surely Doctor Foster should take the nod?  It would appear so and I was over the moon to see the cast of the stunning Doctor Foster scoop the award, I almost felt as though I’d won it!  Thoroughly, thoroughly deserved.

It was Piers Morgan and his Good Morning Britain co-host Susannah Reid’s turn to give this next award for Daytime show.  The Chase were the lucky winners.  I don’t watch it and wanted Pointless to win.

TV Presenter category up next and with the likes of Ant & Dec and Graham Norton fighting it out for the sought after award, it was looking unlikely that newcomer Rylan would be crowned TV Presenter of the year.  I really rate Rylan, I think he’s a superb presenter and very hard working with it too, but when you’re up against some much respected presenters, it’s going to be tough.   Of course Ant & Dec walked off with the award – I don’t think it was ever in any doubt really, was it?  They are fantastic at what they do.

Fred, the maitre de from Channel 4’s First Dates was looking rather dashing in his velvet suit to present the best International award.  The Big Bang Theory (a show I’ve never watched), was awarded the gong and it was all a bit of a damp squib as there were no representatives there to accept it!

Hollywood superstar Dustin Hoffman delivered a speech as he presented the Special Recognition award to his friend Billy Connolly.  A series of stars including Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant paid homage to the very talented Mr Connelly in a pre-recorded video.  Billy then took to the stage to accept the coveted award and gave a very humorous acceptance speech.

Best Drama Performance was the next category and actor; James Nesbitt with his lovely voice was on stage to present this award.  I voted for the ridiculously talented Suranne Jones to win, her performance in Doctor Foster was like nothing I’d seen before.  I’m also a huge fan of fellow nominee David Tennant.  I think he is the best TV actor the UK has to offer.  Just hearing the theme tune of Doctor Foster play out as Suranne Jones was announced the winner was goosebump inducing.  I am so pleased for her.

Up next was the category; Factual Entertainment with Jamie Oliver given the task of presenting this award.  Gogglebox was the show I voted for and the show and I’m really pleased to see it win.  although I don’t think it’s as good as it was when it first burst onto our screens in 2013, it’s still a brilliantly clever concept and a show I’ll always enjoy watching.  The charming Siddique family accepted the award along with the producers of the show and gave a lovely acceptance speech.

Serial Drama is the penultimate category and I was really hoping the age old ‘will Coronation Street or Eastenders be the winners’ would finally come to an end and Emmerdale would be announced the best soap.  They had an incredible 2015 and are by far the worthy winners in my eyes.  Eastenders were announced winners which left me searching for my remote control to turn this farcical nonsense off.

Final award of the evening is best Talent Show, with Martin Kemp and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame delivering the result.  I had voted for Britain’s Got Talent but if I’m honest, I was happy to see Strictly Come Dancing take the accolade.  A great entertainment show which has gained popularity in recent years just as X Factor has done quite the opposite.

And that, my friends, was the NTA’s 2016.  On the whole, I was quite pleased with who won what.  The show itself was OK, nothing out of the ordinary happened but if anyone does know what Richard Blackwood was saying “I know” to when he discovered he’d lost out on his award then please do let me know!


Best Dressed:Rochelle Humes, effortlessly chic and that gorgeous pale coral colour looks simply stunning on her.

Emma Willis – just look at her, she exudes class.

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Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!


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