Sunday 22 July 2018

TV's familiar faces gather for the annual National Television Awards

Sir David Attenborough (centre) and the Blue Planet II team in the press room with the Impact award at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Sir David Attenborough (centre) and the Blue Planet II team in the press room with the Impact award at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

Aine Fiox

Television's familiar faces gathered in the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday night for the annual National Television Awards.

Ant and Dec arrived just in the nick of time to accept the Best Challenge Show award for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Joining the cast of 2017 onstage the jubilant pair thanked everyone for voting.

Ant McPartlin, who made his first public appearance since he revealed he is splitting from his wife, said: "We love making I'm A Celebrity ... Get me Out Of Here! Thank you for loving it too. We want to make it forever!"

Vogue Williams (L) and Spencer Matthews attend the National Television Awards 2018 at The O2 Arena on January 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams (L) and Spencer Matthews attend the National Television Awards 2018 at The O2 Arena on January 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Sarah Harding attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Jorgie Porter attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Catherine Tyldesley attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Katie Piper attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Ferne McCann attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Montana Brown attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Katie Price attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Charlotte Hawkins attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Chloe Ferry attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Olivia Attwood attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Tiffany Watson attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Danielle Armstrong attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Chelsee Healey attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Candice Brown and Matt Evers attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Jennie Mcalpine, Stanley Johnson and Rebekah Vardy at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Mario Falcone and Becky Miesner attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Megan McKenna attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Lucy Fallon with the award for Serial Drama Performance attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Geri Horner attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Tess Daley attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Suranne Jones attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Ian West/PA Wire
Jorgie Porter attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Amber Turner attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Wilnelia Merced in the press room at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Rebekah Vardy attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Gabby Allen attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Wilnelia Merced at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Sir David Attenborough with this year's Impact award for Blue Planet 2 at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Leigh Francis attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Sir David Attenborough (centre) and the Blue Planet II team in the press room with the Impact award at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Gabby Allen and Marcel Somerville attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

Declan Donnelly said: "Just a huge, huge thank you to everybody who took the time to vote for us, to ITV for their continued support. But the biggest thanks is of course to the class of 2017 everybody!"

Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams, who scooped the award for TV Judge, had a cheeky message for colleague Simon Cowell.

Charlotte Hawkins attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Charlotte Hawkins attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Picking up his award Walliams, prompting laughter from the crowd, said: "Simon, if you're watching at home it's about 10 past eight, you probably haven't got up yet. But I have a message for you (blows raspberry)."

Introducing the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award nominees, the late entertainer's widow Lady Wilnelia invoked his memorable catchphrase.

Katie Price attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Katie Price attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.Matt Crossick/PA Wire

She told the audience: "I'm so proud and honoured that this special award is named after my darling Bruce. I know he would have loved it because showbusiness was his life and I also know if he was here this evening he would be saying to all of you: 'It's been nice to see you, to see you nice.'"

Ant & Dec returned to the stage, winning the category with their Saturday Night Takeaway show.

Chloe Ferry attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Chloe Ferry attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

McPartlin said it felt "very, very apt" to pick up the award on Tuesday evening as the duo had just begun filming a tribute to Sir Bruce.

Donnelly said they were "thrilled and proud and honoured" to collect the award on the same stage where they had performed alongside Sir Bruce at the opening of a previous NTAs.

Tiffany Watson attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Tiffany Watson attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Broadchurch won the award for best Crime Drama.

The series finale left viewers shocked when it emerged that Leo Humphries, played by Chris Mason, forced 16-year-old Michael Lucas (Deon Lee-Williams) to rape Julie Hesmondhalgh's character, Trish Winterman.

Danielle Armstrong attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Danielle Armstrong attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. Ian West/PA Wire

Actress Jodie Whittaker, who played Beth Latimer, dedicated the award to survivors of sexual assault.

She said: "A special thanks to the extraordinary women from Dorset Rape Crisis, Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre who inspired this story by sharing their experience and expertise with us. We'd like to dedicate this award to the survivors of sexual assault and all the brilliant people nationwide who worked to support them."

Blue Planet 2 and Sir David Attenborough won the Impact award.

Sir David said: "What we were all trying to do was to raise an issue that is of great importance not only to this country but worldwide, it's what we are doing to our planet.

"If our television programmes have helped stir the consciences of people around the world, and that we are going to do something to protect our beautiful world, then all of us will be very pleased."

Online Editors

Entertainment Newsletter

Going out? Staying in? From great gigs to film reviews and listings, entertainment has you covered.

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment