The time is upon us once again to sink into our sofas with a big box of chocolates and ogle Dermot O’Leary in his tight trousers – oh, and find out who the winners are of course! There’s only one event we could be talking about – it’s the National Television Awards! On Wednesday 22nd January 7.30pm the waiting will be over! The nominations lists are pretty close to call this year – especially in our favourite categories (entertainment, naturally)! So, without further ado, here are our top five predictions for this year’s winners…
With 13 nominees, this category is looking tougher than ever to call! Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs scooped last year’s trophy, and although the show is nominated again, we very much doubt that it will pull another win out of the bag. Favourites among the nominees include The Great British Bake Off, The Apprentice (just look at Luisa Zissman now! Naughty!), The One Show, Celebrity Masterchef and the hilarious An Idiot Abroad.
Now, we don’t know about you, but we LOVE when a show is factual and funny, rolled in to one – it’s the perfect recipe! Our favourite to win this year’s Factual Entertainment is The Great British Bake Off! Not only did it make us laugh, cry and shout at the telly (especially when that biscuit tower fell over) it was also heartwarming and TV gold.
Since 2001 there has only been one, or perhaps in this case two, winners of the Entertainment Presenter award – the national treasure that are Ant & Dec! Those cheeky chaps have been laughing their way across our screens all year long, and we’d be shocked if they were knocked off the top spot this year! Ok, yes, we do love you Paddy McGuinness, and you Keith Lemon – top marks for funniness, however we just don’t see anyone beating our boys!
Serial Drama Performance
There’s no denying the talent available for this award – with 24 nominees it’s anyone’s guess who the winner will be! Hollyoaks actors make up six of the nominations, including Jennifer Metcalfe who plays Mercedes, and Ashley Taylor Dawson who plays Darren Osborne. EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace has scooped a nomination for her performances as Kat Moon, as has Coronation Street’s Paula Lane who plays Kylie Platt.
Fantastic nominees aside, there is one who sticks out like a sore thumb – and just because she’s drop dead gorgeous! Michelle Keegan has had a crazy year playing Coronation Street’s Tina McIntyre – all topped off with confirmation that she will be exiting the programme in May this year in true soap style! If her good looks, cute tweets of her and Mark Wright and her incredible talent showcased throughout her six years on the street are anything to go by, we’re sure she’s a winner!
2013 saw some incredible television hitting our screens, with documentaries that left us picking our carpet-burned jaws off the floor and scratching our heads for days on end! The four part series Africa blew us away with it’s incredible dedication to filming wildlife across the continent, and it’s no surprise it features among the nominations for this year’s Best Documentary alongside Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald, Her Majesy’s Prison, and on a less serious note My Big Fat Gypsy Valentine.
But, there can only be one winner, and for us it’s so obvious who it should be! The nation didn’t stop talking about the moment a certain schoolboy uttered a poem seamlessly after suffering from a stammer his entire life! Educating Yorkshire brought one of television’s most remembered moments of the year to our screens, and tears to our eyes as the nation witnessed the heartwarming student-teacher relationship between Musharaf Asghar and his teacher Mr Burton. If that doesn’t win awards we don’t know what will!
There are too many nominees to name them all – 30 to be precise, and there are rich pickings!! The Only Way Is Essex, Take Me Out, Splash, Big Brother, the list goes on and on!
For us, the programme that has provided the most entertainment, heartwarming moments alongside gag-inducing ones, laughing and shouting has been the one we all seem to love the most – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Not only did 2013’s contestants have us doubled over laughing (Annabel Giles plus insects = hilarious) but the constant bickering with one another made for fantastic television, and created a Twitter storm! Amy was a bit like marmite, Joey a man-child and Kian, well, the right man won! Each series seems to adapt and develop, and that’s what keeps us coming back for more – worthy of a win we think!!
There you have it – our predicted winners for the 2014 National Television Awards! Tweet us @zoegriffin and let you know if you agree