National Television Awards ‘in need of a rethink and facelift as it lacked gloss’

Never mind Brexit or Mrs Brown, it was the National Television Awards that split the nation this week, with fury and delight spewed out in equal measure.

But that was just as well. With a show that seemed to lack energy, edge and gloss, some tension and disappointment was what we needed to liven things up.

At the ITV award-athon, Ant and Dec won the presenting gong for the 18th time in a row – despite the fact that Ant has been mostly off-stage, following his annus horribilis.

Even they were a bit embarrassed, with Ant saying: “I really don’t think I can ­accept the award this year.”

National Television Awards 'in need of a rethink and facelift as it lacked gloss'

EastEnder’s Danny Dyer won best performance in a serial drama
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The NTAs are voted by viewers, so this proved that a) the duo has an unbelievably loyal fan base, and b) poor old Graham Norton never really did have a hope in hell.

Did they deserve the win? Possibly not. But are they still the best in the game?

Yes they are.

Holly Willoughby’s mediocre stint on I’m A Celebrity confirmed that.

Elsewhere, EastEnder Danny Dyer won best performance in a serial drama – lord knows why they can’t call it a soap – giving viewers high hopes for a speech that didn’t send us into a coma.

Yes, Richard Madden, I’m talking about you.

Sadly Dyer decided to get serious, but there will be egos curbed and souls ­nourished across Britain thanks to him, not to mention a sneaky plug for his ­upcoming Harold Pinter theatre season.

National Television Awards 'in need of a rethink and facelift as it lacked gloss'

Why the hell didn’t the ridiculously talented Jodie Comer, here at the Critics’ Choice Awards in California, win best drama performance for Killing Eve?
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Some were enraged by his inevitable expletives, but at least it woke us up.

And talking of comas, why the hell didn’t the ridiculously talented Jodie Comer win best drama performance for Killing Eve?

She was robbed, with Bodyguard also pipping the show to Best Drama.

Sure, Bodyguard was good – but not Killing Eve good.

Madden said he was shocked and ­unprepared, then proceeded to read from his pre-written notes.

Meanwhile Danny DeVito, best celeb booking of the night, was actually booed for supporting Arsenal.

Love Island’s Jack and Dani, although sweet, were out of their depth and frankly useless as backstage roving reporters.

National Television Awards 'in need of a rethink and facelift as it lacked gloss'

Dermot O’Leary hosted the event
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From Westlife came the reminder that we haven’t really missed them – I’d rather have seen Bros perform.

And some model came on and asked everyone to cheer for her legs.

Worse still, people actually did.

Highlights were few and far between.

I enjoyed the David Dimbleby montage and Bradley Walsh’s Facetime efforts, but the whole show fell a bit flat.

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Ant and Dec won Best TV Presenter but did not appear at the NTAs except via video link
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By 8.45pm, it was all starting to feel a bit tedious.

Host Dermot O’Leary’s awkward jokes didn’t always land, there were ­embarrassing scripted skits, then it was over.

As one viewer tweeted: “This old show needs a rethink. It’s become cringeworthy and predictable.”

Perhaps it does need a bit of a makeover. Anyone care to take a vote on it? Actually, best not.

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