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National TV Awards 2017: Graham Norton, Sarah Lancashire among winners

Story by Jack Foley

GRAHAM Norton and Sarah Lancashire were among the big winners at the 2017 National TV Awards.

Norton picked up a special recognition prize for his contribution to broadcasting over the years, which began with an appearance in cult TV comedy Father Ted and has since extended to his Friday night chat show, The Graham Norton Show, as well as – more recently – The Eurovision Song Contest.

The surprise award clearly took the presented by surprise and he thanked the many hundreds of people who had helped him to get where he is today – and remain there. Jokingly describing it as like “being at his own funeral” and “a pity award” because it was the only way he could beat Ant & Dec, he then followed up with heartfelt tribute to both the people closest to him and the many fans who continue to tune in.

Elsewhere, Sarah Lancashire took the prize for drama performance for gritty BBC drama Happy Valley. She could not be there in person to pick up the prize.

Further awards of note went to Mary Berry, who was named most popular TV judge for The Great British Bake Off, and Lacey Turner, who won the prize for serial drama performance for long-running soap EastEnders.

However, neither EastEnders nor Coronation Street won the main soap prize for serial drama – the award going instead to Emmerdale.

Normal service was resumed in another category, though, when Ant & Dec picked up yet another trophy for their show, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. They also received a second prize for Challenge Show, which was won by I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing won best talent show, Gogglebox took the award for factual entertainment and long-running medical drama Casualty won the drama prize.

The award winners in full…

Entertainment Programme:
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Drama Performance:
Sarah Lancashire

Factual Entertainment: Gogglebox

Serial Drama Performance:
Lacey Turner (EastEnders)

Mrs Brown’s Boys

TV Judge:
Mary Berry

The Chase

Period Drama:
Call The Midwife

Live Magazine:
This Morning

Faye Brooks (Coronation Street)

TV Presenter:
Ant & Dec

Special Recognition
Graham Norton


Challenge Show
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here

Serial Drama

Talent Show
Strictly Come Dancing