The NTA 2018: what went down

Whether you were watching it live from your sofa or keeping up to date on social media... it was hard to miss the action that went down at this year’s National Television Awards. Hosted by the lovely Dermot O’Leary at the O2 in London, it was bound to be an event not to miss.

This year, the drama was unfolding before the awards had even started. Many stars were stuck in traffic on the way to the awards, including Ant and Dec. They may have missed the start, but at least they got a Nando’s!

It's a good job Ant and Dec did manage to make the awards, as they took home a massive three awards. Congrats guys!

Now let’s get to the main event…

The awards

Factual Entertainment

The first award of the night went to Gogglebox, winning for the fourth time in as many years. This time they accepted an award for best Factual Entertainment. The award was dedicated to Leon and June after Leon sadly passed away towards the end of last year.

Challenge Show

Luckily Ant and Dec made it in time to receive their award for the best Challenge Show, for I’m A Celebrity.

Serial Drama Performance

A beautiful but emotional Lucy Fallon took to the stage to accept her award for her performance in Coronation Street.

TV Judge

David Walliams accepted his second NTA and didn’t let the opportunity go to waste. After beating Simon Cowell to the award he was sure to make a statement highlighting his pleasure.

Drama Performance

Suranne Jones scooped this award for her performance in Doctor Foster, explaining the pressure that comes with creating a second series for a much loved show.

Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

The Entertainment Award has recently been renamed paying respect to the late entertainer himself, Bruce Forsyth. Of course it was none other than Ant and Dec who received the award for their Saturday Night Takeaway show.

Crime Drama

The cast of Broadchurch accepted this award and dedicated it to ‘the survivors of sexual assault and all the brilliant people who work to support them’.

The Impact Award

The cast of Blue Planet 2 took to the stage to collect their award for Blue Planet 2. The nation's sweetheart, Sir David Attenborough, took to the stage greeted by a standing ovation, before explaining the important of looking after our planet.


Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield gathered on stage with their amazing team. Let’s hope they don’t celebrate too hard again this time...


Danny Walters accepted this award for his performance in EastEnders, looking a little surprised and lost for words. He went on to thank his two dogs, as well as his girlfriend for always encouraging him.

TV Presenter

Ant and Dec made their third appearance on stage collecting this award for the Saturday Night Takeaway. Ant thanked everyone for his support which ‘helped him get through’ what has been a difficult year.

Comedy Programme

Peter Kay’s Car Share took this award home, unfortunately he was unable to make the awards ceremony.

Special Recognition

This year’s Special Recognition award went to Paul O’Grady for this show, For the Love of Dogs. He explained how dangerous the show is for him, as he now has seven dogs! Paul O'Grady was honoured for changing the publics perception of rehoming rescue dogs, and what goes on behind the scenes at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Talent Show

Strictly Come Dancing beat X Factor to the best Talent Show award of the night, as Tess Daly dedicated the award to the late Bruce Forsyth, thanking him for the memories.

Serial Drama

The biggest award of the night was left till last as Emmerdale won big!

And that's a wrap!

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