NTAs 2019: Ant and Dec win Best Presenter for the EIGHTEENTH time

NTAs 2019: Ant and Dec win Best Presenter for the EIGHTEENTH time despite McPartlin’s year off from TV… as Bodyguard, This Morning and Emmerdale also scoop top prizes

  • The presenting duo earned the top prize despite Ant, 43, taking a break from presenting for most of 2018 following his drink-drive arrest in March
  • Ant and Dec accepted the honour live from the Britain’s Got Talent auditions, though the embattled host admitted he ‘didn’t think he should accept’ as he paid tribute to Dec for hosting their various shows solo
  • It was also a big night for Holly Willoughby, as she accepted the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment award for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, along with Best Daytime for This Morning
  • Emmerdale also scooped Best Serial Drama for the third year running, while James Moore won Best Newcomer
  • Bodyguard was another big winner of the night, scooping Best New Drama and Best Drama Performance for Richard Madden 

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Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly claimed the award for Best TV Entertainment Presenter at the National Television Awards on Tuesday evening, despite Ant’s well documented absence from TV for much of the year.

Accepting their prize via. link from the Britain’s Got Talent auditions – in his first TV appearance since his drink-drive arrest in March – Ant admitted he ‘didn’t really feel he could accept’ the award, and went on to praise his presenting partner Dec for holding down the fort during his break.

It came in an awards show which also saw Bodyguard and Emmerdale come out on top with two awards each, while Peaky Blinders won the coveted Best Drama, and This Morning scooped Best Daytime for the ninth year in a row. 

They done it! Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly claimed the award for Best TV Entertainment Presenter at the National Television Awards on Tuesday evening, despite Ant’s well documented absence from TV for much of the year

He said: ‘This is a genuine shock especially this year I’m shaking we want to say thank you to everybody, I really don’t feel like I can accept it, the one reason we won this award was this guy, his wit his determination, I love you pal.

Holding back tears Dec then added: ‘Thank you so much to everybody who sent kind and thoughtful they kept me going while I was flying the flag for the two of us. 

‘But this year more than ever thank you to all of you who picked up the phone and voted to us. Special shout out to Dermot for saying he’d throw in the towel if we won, so happy retirement Dermot!’

Ant then finished their speech by emotionally saying: ‘It’s good to be back well done pal!’

Touching: Accepting their prize via. link from the Britain's Got Talent auditions, Ant admitted he 'didn't really feel he could accept' the award

Touching: Accepting their prize via. link from the Britain’s Got Talent auditions, Ant admitted he ‘didn’t really feel he could accept’ the award

Candid: He went on to praise his presenting partner Declan Donnelly for holding down the fort during his break

Candid: He went on to praise his presenting partner Declan Donnelly for holding down the fort during his break

Controversy: Despite their delight viewers were divided by Ant and Dec's win as some claimed they did not deserve it due to Ant's recent presenting break

Controversy: Despite their delight viewers were divided by Ant and Dec’s win as some claimed they did not deserve it due to Ant’s recent presenting break

After their win Dec also took to social media to post a celebratory selfie, writing on Twitter: ‘Thank you doesn’t seem to cover it this year. We are humbled and honoured. We are so appreciative of your continued support and good wishes, they are never taken for granted. Thank u again. Now back to #BGT auditions!’

Ant and Dec – who won the award after receiving their 18th consecutive nomination – were unable to collect the award in person due to a scheduling conflict with the forthcoming series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Auditions for the long-running talent show kicked off at London Palladium in January, with Ant returning to work seven months after his second spell in residential rehabilitation, where he received treatment for substance and alcohol abuse issues.

The presenter has spent much of the year focusing on his recovery, resulting in close friend Dec hosting the final episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway – including a live finale shot on location in Florida – alone.

Despite their delight viewers were divided by Ant and Dec’s win as some claimed they did not deserve it due to Ant’s recent presenting break. 

Elated: Bodyguard scooped Best New Drama and This Morning received their ninth prize for Best Daytime as the 2019 National Television Awards kicked off at London ‘s O2 Arena on Tuesday night

National Television Awards 2019 – The Winners

Quiz Show

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

A League Of Their Own

Catchphrase

Pointless

The Chase – WINNER

New Drama

A Discovery Of Witches

Bodyguard – WINNER

Girlfriends

Killing Eve

The Cry

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

Dancing On Ice

Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER

The Voice UK

The X Factor

Drama

Call The Midwife

Casualty

Doctor Who

Our Girl

Peaky Blinders – WINNER

Ant and Dec beat off all competition in the TV presenter category

Ant and Dec beat off all competition in the TV presenter category

TV Presenter

Ant & Dec – WINNER

Bradley Walsh

Graham Norton

Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield

Factual Entertainment

Ambulance

DIY SOS: The Big Build

Gogglebox

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs – WINNER

The Great British Bake Off

Drama Performance

Cillian Murphy, Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders

Jodie Comer, Villanelle, Killing Eve

Jodie Whittaker, The Doctor, Doctor Who

Michelle Keegan, L. Cpl Georgie Lane, Our Girl

Richard Madden, Sgt David Budd, Bodyguard – WINNER

Doctor Who lead Jodie Whittaker also missed out on Best Drama Performance

Doctor Who lead Jodie Whittaker also missed out on Best Drama Performance

 

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

All Round To Mrs Brown’s

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – WINNER

Love Island

The Graham Norton Show 

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale – WINNER

Hollyoaks

EastEnders' Danny Dyer won in the Serial Drama Performance category

EastEnders’ Danny Dyer won in the Serial Drama Performance category

Serial Drama Performance

Bonnie Langford, Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders – WINNER

Emma Atkins, Charity Dingle, Emmerdale

Jack P Shepherd, David Platt, Coronation Street

Lucy Pargeter, Chas Dingle, Emmerdale

Comedy

Benidorm

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

Mrs Brown’s Boys

Peter Kay’s Car Share – WINNER

The Big Bang Theory

Newcomer

Aedan Duckworth, Oliver Morgan, Hollyoaks

Alexandra Mardell, Emma Brooker, Coronation Street

James Moore, Ryan Stocks, Emmerdale – WINNER

Neet Mohan, Dr Rashid ‘Rash’ Masum, Casualty

Ricky Champ, Stuart Highway, EastEnders

Good Morning Britain lost out in the Daytime category 

Good Morning Britain lost out in the Daytime category 

Daytime

Good Morning Britain

Loose Women

Sunday Brunch

The Jeremy Kyle Show

This Morning – WINNER

TV Judge

David Walliams – WINNER

Louis Tomlinson

Robbie Williams

Robert Rinder

Simon Cowell 

 

Sweet: Taking to the stage to accept their prize hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield thanked viewers for voting for them yet again, with both also saying how much they 'adored' one another

Sweet: Taking to the stage to accept their prize hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield thanked viewers for voting for them yet again, with both also saying how much they 'adored' one another

Sweet: Taking to the stage to accept their prize hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield thanked viewers for voting for them yet again, with both also saying how much they ‘adored’ one another

Touching: In their speech Phil said: 'We never take it for granted we love our family our This Morning family, the viewers that watch it are our family,' and turning to Holly he added: 'And I absolutely adore working with you'

Touching: In their speech Phil said: ‘We never take it for granted we love our family our This Morning family, the viewers that watch it are our family,’ and turning to Holly he added: ‘And I absolutely adore working with you’

Well done! It proved a night of celebration for Holly as I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here scooped the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, and due to Ant and Dec's absence she accepted the award along with this year's stars

Well done! It proved a night of celebration for Holly as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here scooped the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, and due to Ant and Dec’s absence she accepted the award along with this year’s stars

This came after This Morning also continued their record-breaking run, winning Best Daytime for the ninth time in a row.

In their speech Phil said: ‘We never take it for granted we love our family our This Morning family, the viewers that watch it are our family,’ and turning to Holly he added: ‘And I absolutely adore working with you.’

Holly then said: ‘I am a very very lucky lady to have you in my life every single day. This is a special year it’s 30 years and still you vote and you enjoy the show means everything to us, without you this show would not be possible.’

It now remains to be seen whether the duo will once again present Wednesday’s This Morning in a hungover state, as they have in previous years to the delight of viewers.

It proved a night of celebration for Holly as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here scooped the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, and due to Ant and Dec’s absence she accepted the award along with this year’s stars. 

Unforgettable: Taking to the stage Holly gushed: 'I managed to jump though into my TV screen this year to one of my favourite shows and get a front seat, it's a show I'll never forget'

Unforgettable: Taking to the stage Holly gushed: ‘I managed to jump though into my TV screen this year to one of my favourite shows and get a front seat, it’s a show I’ll never forget’

Touching: Holly then handed over the award to series winner Harry Redknapp, who took over the speech to thank everyone who had voted

Touching: Holly then handed over the award to series winner Harry Redknapp, who took over the speech to thank everyone who had voted

Fun! Emily then screamed 'we're getting drunk tonight!' as the cast headed off to celebrate their win

Fun! Emily then screamed ‘we’re getting drunk tonight!’ as the cast headed off to celebrate their win

Taking to the stage Holly gushed: ‘Oh my goodness me! Wow! I spoke to the boys earlier on today but they asked me to come here and say thank you so much for voting to a show which is so special to their hearts. 

‘I managed to jump through into my TV screen this year to one of my favorite shows and get a front seat, it’s a show I’ll never forget.’

The blonde then handed over to the King Of The Jungle Harry Redknapp, he said: ‘It was an amazing experience and I’ve made so many new friends, everybody in there was just amazing. Holly you and Dec did such an amazing job.’

As Emily Atack screamed: ‘We’re gonna get so drunk tonight!’ while Fleur East kicked off a rendition of ‘I love my bum, I love my thighs.’

A happy man: Bodyguard was one of the big winners of the night as it scooped two awards, including one for Best Drama Performance for Richard Madden (above)

A happy man: Bodyguard was one of the big winners of the night as it scooped two awards, including one for Best Drama Performance for Richard Madden (above)

Thrilled: Accepting the prize from Danny DeVito, the Game Of Thrones star was left speechless by the deafening cheers, before going on to thank showrunner Jed Mercurio

Thrilled: Accepting the prize from Danny DeVito, the Game Of Thrones star was left speechless by the deafening cheers, before going on to thank showrunner Jed Mercurio

Pleased: After receiving the award from veteran actor Danny, Richard gushed about landing the role in the acclaimed drama, which broke ratings records when it premiered in August

Pleased: After receiving the award from veteran actor Danny, Richard gushed about landing the role in the acclaimed drama, which broke ratings records when it premiered in August

Thrilled: Before this the stars of Bodyguard took to the stage to accept Best New Drama, where they also thanked showrunner Jed  - who was unable to attend

Thrilled: Before this the stars of Bodyguard took to the stage to accept Best New Drama, where they also thanked showrunner Jed – who was unable to attend

Before this the stars of Bodyguard took to the stage for Best New Drama, and as the cast took to the stage they thanked showrunner Jed Mercurio – who was unable to attend – alongside the show’s lead Richard Madden and his co-star Keeley Hawes.

The wins continued for Bodyguard as Richard Madden also scooped Best Drama Performance, and was left speechless by the deafening cheers as he accepted the prize.

Finally beginning his speech he said: ‘Thank you very very much, what an honour I didn’t expect thank you to every single person that voted.’

‘Big huge thank you to my team it’s a privilege everyday, Jed Mercurio for writing this incredible character. And the biggest thank you to Keeley Hawes I couldn’t ask for a better more talented actress.’

After This Morning’s honour, the next prize was for Best Soap Newcomer, which in a historical moment was given to Emmerdale’s James Moore, who received a piggyback to the stage.

He said: ‘Thank you so much this means the world to us, a year ago I never thought I’d be here, and for Emmerdale to take on someone with a disability shows the progression we need in this day and age. This means the world to me.’ 

Important: After This Morning's honour, the next prize was for Best Soap Newcomer, which in a historical moment was given to Emmerdale's James Moore, who received a piggyback to the stage

Important: After This Morning's honour, the next prize was for Best Soap Newcomer, which in a historical moment was given to Emmerdale's James Moore, who received a piggyback to the stage

Important: After This Morning’s honour, the next prize was for Best Soap Newcomer, which in a historical moment was given to Emmerdale’s James Moore, who received a piggyback to the stage

Best soap in the business: It proved to be another great night for Emmerdale as it also won Best Serial Drama for the third year in a row

Best soap in the business: It proved to be another great night for Emmerdale as it also won Best Serial Drama for the third year in a row

Big prize: Speaking on their behalf, actress Isabel Hodgins - who plays Victoria Sugden said: 'Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted, 'Emmerdale' is an amazing place to work and it's full of such hardworking people'

Big prize: Speaking on their behalf, actress Isabel Hodgins – who plays Victoria Sugden said: ‘Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted, ‘Emmerdale’ is an amazing place to work and it’s full of such hardworking people’

It proved to be another great night for Emmerdale as it also won Best Serial Drama for the third year in a row.

Speaking on their behalf, actress Isabel Hodgins – who plays Victoria Sugden – said: ‘Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted, ‘Emmerdale’ is an amazing place to work and it’s full of such hardworking people.

‘I’d like to thank the cast, the crew, the ADs who I adore, the production, storyliners, producers, everybody who works there.

‘Thanks so much to the audience because we wouldn’t have a show without you, your support is incredible and this is an amazing way to start 2019 and it means the world, so thank you so much.’

Hilarious: The show then descended into chaos as David Walliams was awarded Best TV Judge for the third time, and as the camera cut to the Britain's Got Talent auditions in London, he was piled on by his fellow judges

Hilarious: The show then descended into chaos as David Walliams was awarded Best TV Judge for the third time, and as the camera cut to the Britain’s Got Talent auditions in London, he was piled on by his fellow judges

Outraged: Furious at the loss, Simon proceeded to press the panel's buzzers, while David vowed the award was 'all mine!'

Outraged: Furious at the loss, Simon proceeded to press the panel’s buzzers, while David vowed the award was ‘all mine!’

Over the moon: Up next was Best Comedy which was awarded to Peter’s Kay Car Share, and though the titular star was unable to attend the ceremony his co-star Sian Gibson paid a touching tribute

The show then descended into chaos as David Walliams was awarded Best TV Judge for the third time, and as the camera cut to the Britain’s Got Talent auditions in London, he was piled on by his fellow judges.

Simon – outraged at the loss – pressed his panel’s red buzzers, leading David to proclaim that the award was ‘all mine!’

Up next was Best Comedy which was awarded to Peter’s Kay Car Share, and though the titular star was unable to attend the ceremony his co-star Sian Gibson paid a touching tribute.

She said: ‘NTA’s it’s amazing to get our third award, for the final [series] so we won’t be here again! Thank you Peter who isn’t here tonight, I’ll bring it round tomorrow thank you!’

Daytime cameo: As The Chase received Best Quiz Show – Bradley Walsh made a surprise appearance despite working in South Africa – as one of the show’s crew had him waiting on Facetime

Delighted: Meanwhile in the speech Anne Hegerty said: 'I haven't been this happy since I voted out of the jungle, unfortunately Brad can't be here tonight, but I knew he would want to join us'

Delighted: Meanwhile in the speech Anne Hegerty said: ‘I haven’t been this happy since I voted out of the jungle, unfortunately Brad can’t be here tonight, but I knew he would want to join us’

As The Chase received Best Quiz Show –  Bradley Walsh made a surprise appearance despite working in South Africa – as one of the show’s crew had him waiting on Facetime.

Meanwhile in the speech Anne Hegerty said: ‘I haven’t been this happy since I voted out of the jungle, unfortunately Brad can’t be here tonight, but I knew he would want to join us.

‘I just wanted to say thanks very much to our incredible production team, thanks to Jane Claire and Lara and thank you to everybody who voted for us thank you very much indeed.’

Oops! Danny Dyer was once was awarded Best Serial Drama Performance, but stunned viewers when he accidentally dropped an F-bomb in the middle of his speech

Oops! Danny Dyer was once was awarded Best Serial Drama Performance, but stunned viewers when he accidentally dropped an F-bomb in the middle of his speech

Tearful: As the actor struggled to hold back tears while paying tribute to Harold Pinter, he said: 'I'm getting f****** emotional now,' to the shock of the crowd

Tearful: As the actor struggled to hold back tears while paying tribute to Harold Pinter, he said: 'I'm getting f****** emotional now,' to the shock of the crowd

Tearful: As the actor struggled to hold back tears while paying tribute to Harold Pinter, he said: ‘I’m getting f****** emotional now,’ to the shock of the crowd

Also among the soap prizes was Danny Dyer for Best Serial Drama Performance, and the actor struggled to hold back tears during his emotional speech, while also dropping a surprise f-bomb.

He gushed: I can’t believe that wow! Thank you! I want to thank all my EastEnders mob over there you’re like my brothers and sisters, I just want to say to all you young kids living out there in poverty who don’t think they’ve got a right to dream or hope, do not let that define where you’re going in life, you can whoever you want to be. 

‘I want to dedicate this award to Harold Pinter, he believed in me when no one else did.’

Struggling to hold back tears the soap star added: ‘I’m getting f****** emotional now,’ to the shock of the crowd, and then walked off-stage. 

Big win: The grand prize of Special Recognition was awarded to David Dimbleby - after he retired from Question Time late last year - and he took a moment to laud the BBC for their decades of work

Big win: The grand prize of Special Recognition was awarded to David Dimbleby – after he retired from Question Time late last year – and he took a moment to laud the BBC for their decades of work

Quirky: The veteran broadcaster also paid tribute to Stacey Dooley, saying she was 'one of the best young reporters of television'

Quirky: The veteran broadcaster also paid tribute to Stacey Dooley, saying she was ‘one of the best young reporters of television’

The grand prize of Special Recognition was awarded to David Dimbleby – after he retired from Question Time late last year – who took the chance to pay tribute to Stacey Dooley, which also lauding the BBC for their decades of work.

In a lengthy speech he said: ‘Thank you so much it’s such a thrill and and a privilege to be here among a host of stars, not people I rub shoulders with normally and even the chance of meeting Stacey Dooley, who I know as one of the best young reporters on television.

‘The BBC the existence of the BBC is abs vital for our national life however it’s threatened by Netflix, the BBC still holds a place in the British people. 

‘I’ve been very fortunate, the last 25 years going Question Time have been the icing on the cake I loved doing Question Time because it involved all of us as votes, it was the one place when people could challenge the politicians.’

Grand award: And one of the last awards of the night was given to Strictly Come Dancing for Best Talent Show, and hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman took a moment to thank this year's eclectic cast of celebrities

Grand award: And one of the last awards of the night was given to Strictly Come Dancing for Best Talent Show, and hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman took a moment to thank this year’s eclectic cast of celebrities

Can't stop smiling: Dr Ranj were among many of the cast of celebrities who attended the ceremony, as Strictly scooped the grand prize

Can’t stop smiling: Dr Ranj were among many of the cast of celebrities who attended the ceremony, as Strictly scooped the grand prize

Best Drama was awarded to Peaky Blinders, though it proved a brief moment in the ceremony as none of the period drama’s cast were in attendance for the event.

And one of the last awards of the night was given to Strictly Come Dancing for Best Talent Show, and hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman took a moment to thank this year’s eclectic cast of celebrities.

This came after Paul O’Grady scooped yet another award for Best Factual Programme for his heartwarming For The Love Of Dogs, beating out Gogglebox, Ambulance, DIY SOS and The Great British Bake Off.

Thanking the shows large crew and the volunteers at Battersea Dogs Home, the veteran presenter also gave thanks to the dogs ‘for allowing us to film them.’

Lovely: This came after Paul O'Grady scooped yet another award for Best Factual Programme for his heartwarming For The Love Of Dog

Lovely: This came after Paul O’Grady scooped yet another award for Best Factual Programme for his heartwarming For The Love Of Dog

Proud: The much-loved documentary series beat out Gogglebox, Ambulance, DIY SOS and The Great British Bake Off

Proud: The much-loved documentary series beat out Gogglebox, Ambulance, DIY SOS and The Great British Bake Off

After a hilarious skit featuring Dermot’s frantic journey to the ceremony – with the help of Bodyguard’s David Budd – the show opened with an appropriately ‘fabulous’ performance from John Barrowman.

The National Television Awards mark one of the most exciting nights in British TV, with faces from reality, scripted drama and comedy, soaps and quiz shows hoping to scoop a gong.

Held at London’s O2, 2019’s shortlist saw the likes of Killing Eve, Bodyguard and The Cry battle it out as some of the most talked-about new shows of the past 12 months.

Amazing: John Barrowman opened the show in spectacular fashion with a 'Fabulous'-themed musical number

Amazing: John Barrowman opened the show in spectacular fashion with a ‘Fabulous’-themed musical number

Sensational: Backed by plenty of dancers, the legendary showman put on a great show to kick off the awards showcase

Hilarious: Dermot also opened the show with a funny sketch, rushing to get to the awards show on time with the help of Richard Madden as David Budd

Hilarious: Dermot also opened the show with a funny sketch, rushing to get to the awards show on time with the help of Richard Madden as David Budd

Lavish: The star-studded TV awards showcase was held at London's O2 Arena

Lavish: The star-studded TV awards showcase was held at London’s O2 Arena

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