The National TV Awards saw Eastenders steal the show, winning three awards at the UK’s biggest television awards show, best serial drama, best serial drama performance (Danny Dyer) and best newcomer (Maddy Hill).
This year’s Landmark Award went to Comic Relief, which celebrates 30 years in 2015. Lenny Henry, a Trustee of the charity, took to the stage to accept the prestigious award, presented by Davina McCall.
The sad news of Anne Kirkbride’s death was marked this evening, with a moving tribute from on-screen husband William Roache, which lead to a minute of rapturous applause throughout the O2 in London. Anne’s closest Corrie colleagues were in attendance to mark her life and remarkable career.
In one of three brand new awards for 2015, the tables were turned in the TV Judge category as the viewers took to the judging panel. Rivalry was fierce, X Factor's Simon Cowell took on Bake-Off's Mary Berry. In a TV first, the award was presented by Gogglebox’s Tapper Family via live link, direct from their living room sofa. It was David Walliams who was first to scoop the coveted prize for Britain’s Got Talent.
The winners in full were:
I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE!
SHERIDAN SMITH (CILLA)
SKILLS CHALLENGE SHOW
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF
ANT & DEC
MADDY HILL (EASTENDERS)
MRS BROWN’S BOYS
SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE
DAVID WALLIAMS (BGT)
CHAT SHOW HOST
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
THE X FACTOR
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.