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National Television Awards 2019: Wins for Bodyguard and Ant & Dec

Bodyguard

Story by Jack Foley

BBC crime drama Bodyguard has taken home two of the top prizes at the National Television Awards (2019).

The show, which was the BBC’s most-watched drama since 2008 attracting nearly 11 million viewers, took home the new drama award, which was given for the first time.

While leading man Richard Madden won for drama performance for his portrayal of DS David Budd.

The show was a weekly talking point for viewers on Sunday nights, given the twisting nature of its plot.

Speaking on stage upon collecting the drama trophy, executive producer Simon Heath said: “The person who should be taking this trophy is our genius writer Jed Mercurio, and our fantastic leading man Richard Madden and the wonderful Keeley Hawes – what a brilliant partnership they made.”

Madden himself said that he “didn’t expect” to win but added: “Thank you to the BBC and Netflix for your continued support – it’s a privilege every day, and thank you to Jed Mercurio for creating this incredible character.”

Another double award winner was soap series Emmerdale, which was recognised as best serial drama and saw James Moore win best newcomer.

Hit period crime drama Peaky Blinders was also victorious, picking up the drama prize for its fourth series. The Cillian Murphy fronted drama is now so popular that its forthcoming fifth season has switched to BBC1.

One of the night’s biggest headlines, however, belonged to Ant & Dec who were named as best presenters for the 18th time in a row despite a year that saw them separated owing to Ant’s drink driving conviction and subsequent absence from the screen.

The pair were not at the ceremony to pick up their prize in person, but accepted it via a live feed from the Britain’s Got Talent auditions. They described the win as “a genuine shock”.

Another of the night’s top prizes went to the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which beat The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK to win best talent show after a year of record viewing figures.

And this year’s special recognition award was given to broadcaster David Dimbleby, who recently stepped down from a 25-year tenure as Question Time presenter.

The winners in full

Factual Entertainment Programme
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Quiz Show
The Chase

New Drama
Bodyguard

Serial Drama Performance
Danny Dyer, EastEnders

Drama Performance
Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Newcomer
James Moore, Emmerdale

TV Presenter
Ant and Dec

Daytime Programme
This Morning

Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
I’m a Celebrity‚Ķ Get Me Out of Here!

TV Judge
David Walliams

Drama
Peaky Blinders

Comedy
Peter Kay’s Car Share

Talent Show
Strictly Come Dancing

Special Recognition Award
David Dimbleby

Serial Drama
Emmerdale