National Television Awards 2013: Who won what? And who did what?

by Anna Howell

Last night saw the 18th annual National Television Awards at London’s O2 arena, and what a night it was.

All the stars were out in force to celebrate the highly acclaimed ceremony, with some of them having too much fun…

Before the awards even began Celebrity Juice presenter, Keith Lemon, decided to entertain the cold masses outside on the red carpet with star jumps, after a making a dash to the gents as soon as he arrived.

Inside the arena many stars made headlines of their own, but not all for the right reasons.

First of all we had a hilarious, and brilliant performance from Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey The Dog who, along with his owner Ashleigh Butler (and by the way, that girl can dance!), took to the stage with a team of dancers bopping along to the, now, iconic Gangnam Style, with Ashleigh bribing Pudsey with his favourite snack, cheese balls, to make sure he remembered the steps.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper afterwards, Ashleigh said: “It’s a bit scary. We have only had a few weeks to practise but hopefully people enjoy it.”

Ashleigh and Pudsey went on to present the award for Best newcomer, which went to EastEnders star David Witts.

David, who plays Joey Branning in the hit BBC soap, was a little flustered at winning, but showed an almost stand-up comedian side to him which was almost as pleasing as his usual smouldering side. However, during his humorous yet touching speech the crowd saw fit to start booing him when he thanked his girlfriend who he called beautiful.

Like any good stand up David instantly turned it round saying: “Don’t boo! You can’t boo her, she is beautiful. She is far too good for me.”

Another EastEnder that set tongues a wagging was June Brown.

June, who plays Dot Branning in the hit soap, had a front row seat so, whenever the camera panned round, it was quite clear to see her hand was always engaged with a glass. And this certainly didn’t seem to be tomato juice!

But she is June Brown, right? She is a soap legend and can therefore can do what she likes, especially when it results in the hilarious presentation we witnessed her trying to give to Best Situation Comedy.

June seemed more than a bit tipsy as she stumbled over her words getting Absolutely Fabulous conjoined somehow with its abbreviation, Ab Fab, then repeatedly finding it hilarious that she had to say the words Mrs Browns Boys (because her name is also Brown we think, but can’t be too sure), which is who the award was eventually was given to.

As Mrs Brown’s Boys star, Brendan O’Carroll tried to take the award from her, she pulled it back saying: “I’ve not given it to him yet and he’s grabbing it.”

This forced show host Dermot O’Leary to step in to get June to hand over the gong saying: “Hands up if you want to go on a night out with June!

“What was she drinking? And I thought it was the fags we had to worry about!”

O’Carroll later commented: “When I heard a cheer for Big Bang Theory I thought, ‘Oh, that’s the winner.’ But it wasn’t.”

It was a good night, however, for three of the nation’s sweethearts as Ant & Dec won the award for Best Presenter for the 12th year in a row, and Ab Fab’s Joanna Lumley picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Like last year Ant & Dec were not at the awards due to filming Britain’s Got Talent auditions, but the award was presented to them live via video link whilst on a break.

Simon Cowell appeared behind the Geordie duo to present them with the award, and didn’t look at all upset that they had beaten X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary again (for like the 12th year running too), but he may have changed his mind by the end of the night when the X Factor walked away without a single gong, causing Dermot to say: “Cowell is going to kill us!”

Joanna Lumley looked shocked to her very core when her image appeared on the screen when the Lifetime Achievement Award was introduced, and was visibly moved to tears as she watched the likes of William Roache (Ken Barlow, Coronation Street), Jennifer Saunders, Martin Scorsese and even the PM David Cameron praising her years of hard work.

Accepting the award, earned from her tireless contribution to comedy, drama and charity work, Lumley appeared almost speechless but managed to shout out thank you before welling up again.

Finally we were treated to two breathtaking performances from Girls Aloud singer, Kimberley Walsh who took to the stage for the first time ever as a solo act, and by X Factor’s Ella Henderson.

Here is the full list of nominations and winners from last night’s award ceremony:

Talent Show

The X Factor

Britain’s Got Talent

The Voice

Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER

Dancing On Ice


Comedy Panel Show

Mock The Week

Would I Lie To You


Have I Got News For You



Downton Abbey – WINNER


Doctor Who


Drama Performance: Male

Colin Morgan – Merlin – WINNER

Daniel Mays – Mrs Biggs

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock

Matt Smith – Doctor Who

Factual Entertainment

The Great British Bake Off

The Apprentice

Top Gear

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


Drama Performance: Female

Sheridan Smith as Charmian Biggs

Miranda Hart – Call The Midwife – WINNER

Karen Gillan – Doctor Who

Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

Suranne Jones – Scott & Bailey


Situation Comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Absolutely Fabulous


Mrs Brown’s Boys – WINNER


Documentary Series

Frozen Planet – WINNER

Planet Earth Live

One Born Every Minute

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings


Serial Drama



Coronation Street – WINNER


Serial Drama Performance

Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale, EastEnders)

Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre, Coronation Street)

Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs, Coronation Street) – WINNER

Emmett J. Scanlan (Brendan Brady, Hollyoaks)


This Morning – WINNER

The Jeremy Kyle Show

Come Dine With Me

The Chase



Liam Fox (Dan Spencer, Emmerdale)

Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames, Coronation Street)

Joseph Thompson (Paul Browning, Hollyoaks)

David Witts (Joey Branning, EastEnders) – WINNER


Entertainment Programme

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

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

The Graham Norton Show

The Only Way Is Essex

Entertainment Presenter

Ant & Dec (I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, Britain’s Got Talent) – WINNER

Keith Lemon (Celebrity Juice)

Alan Carr (Alan Carr: Chatty Man)

Dermot O’Leary (The X Factor)

Watch Ella Henderson’s NTA performance in the clip below: