The National Television Awards 2014

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

What is the National Television Awards trophy meant to represent? A Dr Seuss peppermill? An Edwardian space ship? A horse’s hoof sculpted by Dalí? As with everything else in these awards – you decide. Because this is the TV awards ceremony that sidesteps the usual industry juries and passes the ball to the British public.

The beauty of this is that whatever prizes are bestowed tonight by Dermot O’Leary and the assembled glitterati, nobody can argue that there was a terrible miscarriage of justice. It is what it is. What matters here is not the jaded taste of critics and hipsters (who would give every prize going to Breaking Bad, This Is Jinsy and Girls) but big, popular hits.

So Mrs Brown squares up against Miranda; Graham Norton takes on Ant and Dec; and Britain’s Got Talent vies with Strictly. Not forgetting that the Radio Times Detective Award pits David Tennant against Benedict Cumberbatch in a clash of TV titans.

The atmosphere will be fizzing (we’re at a packed O2) and O’Leary should be in his element.

About this programme

The biggest names on the small screen gather at the O2 in London for the annual ceremony celebrating the best of British TV over the past 12 months, as voted for by viewers. This year, Olivia Colman and David Tennant (Broadchurch), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Idris Elba (Luther), Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) and Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) battle it out in the new TV Detective category, and ratings hit The Great British Bake Off faces tough competition from Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, Top Gear and An Idiot Abroad to scoop the Factual Entertainment trophy. David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh are nominated for Serial Drama Performance for their poignant scenes as Roy and Hayley in Coronation Street, while Ant and Dec will be hoping to pick up their 13th consecutive Entertainment Presenter award, beating rivals Keith Lemon, Alan Carr and Graham Norton, as well as the evening's host Dermot O'Leary. There's also a spectacular opening number paying tribute to one of the year's most talked-about shows.

Cast and crew


Dermot O'Leary


Executive Producer
Kim Turberville
Executive Producer
George Mitchell
Andy Bates