Are the NTAs too reliant on old shows?

The NTA results list featured a host of old favourites. The result list did give me a feeling of deja vu, says Mark Jefferies


We have some great television stars in the UK, some of whom were celebrated at the National TV Awards this week.


But the result list did give me a feeling of deja vu.

Factual Entertainment programme went to Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs for the second year in a row, Ant and Dec won Best Entertainment Presenters for the 13th year, Corrie won Serial Drama again with Strictly and I’m A Celebrity also winning the same awards they picked up in 2013.

Throw in Mrs Browns Boys again winning Most Popular Sitcom and This Morning triumphing again in the Daytime Programme category and you have a results list very similar to 12 months ago.

I guess this shows we are creatures of habit when it comes to watching TV and to voting for things.

But perhaps more worryingly it also shows there have not been too many hit new shows in the past two years that have shaken up the schedules.

The last big entertainment programme to have an impact on a Saturday night was The Voice on BBC1 which launched in March 2012, which is why ITV will have high hopes for Rising Star their new investment.

This singing show could fill a gap as Dancing On Ice ends this year and The X Factor is starting to show its age.

There are not too many new sitcoms which have wowed viewers either. Aside from Mrs Browns Boys, Benidorm and Miranda, the only new series pulling in big numbers is the return of Birds Of A Feather, which is a successful update of an old show.

The lack of hit new sitcoms is a problem that keeps Channel Execs awake at night.

Away from comedy, hosts Ant and Dec, Dermot O’Leary and Graham Norton continue to have success. But have we unearthed any new talented hosts in this genre? It seems to me the same few names tend to get the big gigs, and it has been a while since anyone really broke through.

Perhaps Marvin Humes or Emma Willis will take their chance on The Voice this year.

There is nothing wrong with the same people winning awards two years in a row, but in the long term I think some of these shows may go off the boil and they need to be replaced, or challenged at least, by some fresh competition soon.

This would also help make the NTAs more exciting as an event too and less predictable.


Mark Jefferies is Showbiz Editor at The Daily Mirror.