Pride of Britain Awards 2010 ITV1

by Lisa McGarry

Carol Vorderman hosts the annual glittering gala which celebrates the achievements of the nation’s most amazing unsung heroes.

Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron join more than 100 stars, from TV, show business and sport, including Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Harry Potter stars, Julie Walters, Bruce Forsyth, Ray Winstone, Lord Alan Sugar and Michael McIntyre, to honour the awe-inspiring winners at the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane.

Ant and Dec, Russell Brand and Dr Who actor Matt Smith take part in hilarious and heartwarming surprises and there are performances from the X Factor finalists and singing sensation Susan Boyle.

In a night packed with breath-taking stories and uplifting and moving moments, Sir David Jason flies to Afghanistan to meet brave members of the armed forces – including bomb disposal officers who put their lives on the line to save others.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Last of “The Few” RAF heroes, including Spitfire and Hurricane pilots who are now in their 90s, reunite to receive special recognition for their valour.

Winners also include a schoolgirl who saved three children from being killed in a fireball and a 12 year old boy who raised £100,000 for sick children as he made more than 900 hospital visits to treat his own illness.

Also honoured is a woman who raised £8million to save newborn babies after she lost three of her own and a grandmother who refused to stop helping local youngsters despite two pipe bomb attacks on her home.

Thousands of people took part in nominating unsung heroes for Pride of Britain. The winners were chosen by a distinguished judging panel which included Britain’s top policeman, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners Prof Stephen Field, Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, ITN news anchorman Mark Austin, Simon Cowell, Daybreak hosts Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles and Pride of Britain host Carol Vorderman.

Other celebrities attending include The Wire star Dominic West, Girls Aloud, Danni Minogue, Louis Walsh, Westlife, Pixie Lott, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Sir Ben Kingsley, Tess Daly, Vernon Kay, Paul O’Grady, Coleen Rooney, Barbara Windsor, Peter Andre, Emma Bunton, Gary Lineker, Christine Bleakley, Frank Lampard, Richard Wilson, Meera Syall, Louise and Jamie Redknapp and many many more household names.

HRH Prince Charles says: “The Pride of Britain Awards is a unique way to celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people. These marvellous awards remind us of the compassion, decency and courage which still exists in every corner of the land.”

David Beckham says: “It’s an honour to be associated with Pride of Britain and always humbling to meet the winners. They are always amazing, particularly the little children. I think the bravery and courage they show is an example to us all.”

Simon Cowell says: “I genuinely believe it’s the best awards ceremony of the year. It makes you realise what life is about and what people have to overcome.”

Host Carol Vorderman says: “It’s always such a great pleasure hosting Pride of Britain. For me, it is the only awards show on TV that really matters because the winners are real people who could not be more deserving.

“Over the past decade, there have been so many heart-warming, inspiring stories of people who have contributed so much to this country. It’s a chance for us to celebrate Britain at its best and I’m not surprised it has become the biggest national event of its kind.”

Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 8:00PM – 10:00PM