Irish Stars Win Big At U.K. National Television Awards

The biggest names in television were in attendance at the U.K's National Television Awards last night.

The annual award show took place last night in London's O2 Arena, formerly the Millenium Dome, and was hosted by X Factor's Dermot O'Leary.

Brendan O'Carroll's Mrs. Brown's Boys won big on the night beating off stiff competition from the likes of Benidorm, Orange Is The New Black and The Big Bang Theory to win Best Comedy for the fourth time in five years!

Brendan was accompanied by many of the Mrs Brown's Boys cast including his co-star and wife Jennifer Gibney. 

Mrs Browns Boys National Television Awards

Brendan O'Carroll & Jennifer Gibney Photo: Rex Features

Upon accepting the award from comedian Ken Dodd, O'Carroll said:  “Thank you so much, we’re all here. Thank you Sir Ken, to be nominated twice in the same category is amazing, we so appreciate it.

“Thank you so much to all of you who voted, it’s really important that you vote, this is the most important award we get.

“It’s very, very exciting and very humbling. Thanks to the BBC and everyone involved.”

Cork's Graham Norton who is celebrating ten years of his popular BBC chat show was given a Special Recognition Award at last night's ceremony with tributes made to him by Judi Dench and Dolly Parton among many others.

Graham Norton at the National Television Awards

Other winners on the night were Emmerdale who won Best Serial Drama for the first time ever and stopped EastEnders scooping the award for the third year in a row. Ant & Dec won Best Presenter for the 16th year in a row as well as Best Entertainment Programme for Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here which they also host won Best Challenge Show.

Ant & Dec and Scarlett Moffat Photo: PA

The full list of winners are as follows:

Best Entertainment Programme:

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway -WINNER

Celebrity Juice

The Graham Norton Show

The Last Leg

Best Drama Performance

Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders)

Jenna Coleman (Victoria)

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) - WINNER

Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)

Best Factual Entertainment

DIY SOS: The Big Build

Gogglebox - WINNER

Making A Murderer

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

Tattoo Fixers

Best Serial Drama Performance

Danny Miller (Emmerdale)

Jack P Shepherd (Coronation Street)

Lacey Turner (EastEnders) - WINNER

Natalie J Robb (Emmerdale)

Best Comedy


Mrs Brown’s Boys - WINNER

Orange Is The New Black

The Big Bang Theory

Best TV Judge

David Walliams

Len Goodman

Mary Berry - WINNER

Nicole Scherzinger

Simon Cowell

Best Daytime Show

Come Dine With Me


The Chase - WINNER

The Jeremy Kyle Show

Best Period Drama

Call The Midwife - WINNER

Peaky Blinders


Stranger Things


Best Live Magazine Show

BBC Breakfast

Loose Women

Sunday Brunch

The One Show

This Morning - WINNER

Best Newcomer

Duncan James (Hollyoaks)

Faye Brookes (Coronation Street)

Lloyd Everitt (Casualty)

Tilly Keeper (EastEnders)

Best TV Presenter

Ant and Dec - WINNER

Gary Lineker

James Corden

Mel and Sue

Rylan Clark-Neal

Special Recognition

Graham Norton

Best Drama

Casualty - WINNER

Cold Feet

Game Of Thrones

Happy Valley

The Night Manager

Best Challenge Show

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

Love Island


The Apprentice

The Great British Bake Off

Best Serial Drama

Coronation Street


Emmerdale - WINNER


Best Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing - WINNER

The X Factor


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