Triple win for Ant and Dec at NTAs
TV duo Ant and Dec were the big winners at the 2017 National Television Awards, winning three prizes including best TV presenter.
It means they have now won the award for 16 consecutive years.
The two presenters beat The Graham Norton Show to take home the prize for best entertainment programme for Saturday Night Takeaway, and also picked up the award for best challenge show for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, beating The Great British Bake Off.
“Thank you indeed, this is just mad. It’s gone mad Dec,” said Ant as the pair picked up their second award of the night.
He said they had been discussing the awards in the car on the way to the ceremony.
Speaking about the best presenter gong, Ant said: “I mean, we’ve won it year after year after year; we’re very grateful.
“We said if we lost out this year to Mel and Sue, who are remarkable on Bake Off, that would have been a good shout.
“Thankfully we didn’t!”
EastEnders star Lacey Turner won the award for best serial drama performance for her portrayal of Stacey Slater’s battle with postpartum psychosis.
According to Turner’s co-star Danny Dyer, the actress had predicted Emmerdale actor Danny Miller would take home the gong.
“She was voting for Danny Miller – insane behaviour,” said Dyer. “I’m so proud of Lacey, she is too good for her own good.”
TV host Graham Norton missed out on the TV presenter prize one again, but got a special recognition award which left him fighting back tears.
“Look I know, I know, I know this is a sort of NTAs pity party because it’s the only way I can get one of these over Ant and Dec,” he joked.
“Thank you so much to the NTAs for this. I don’t quite know what to say because legions of people have worked on the show over the years.”
The other big winner of the night was Mary Berry, winning the top TV judge accolade for The Great British Bake Off.
“I think I know how to bake and I love telling people that, next time, do a little bit better,” she said.
“But the greatest reward is that all the young are baking and everybody is sitting down at 8pm, the whole family: gran, the baby in arms.
“There is no swearing, it’s the best programme, and I’m so grateful, and thank you very much.”
The 81-year-old TV judge beat former Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman.
:: Here is a full list of winners:
Entertainment programme: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Drama performance: Sarah Lancashire
Factual entertainment: Gogglebox
Serial drama performance: Lacey Turner (EastEnders)
Comedy: Mrs Brown’s Boys
TV judge: Mary Berry
Daytime: The Chase
Period drama: Call The Midwife
Live magazine: This Morning
Newcomer: Faye Brookes (Coronation Street)
TV presenter: Ant and Dec
Special recognition: Graham Norton
Challenge show: I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Serial drama: Emmerdale
Talent show: Strictly Come Dancing