Netflix was shut out of the National Television Awards last night, as the streaming site failed to beat any UK channels to a prize.
Netflix was nominated for its first ever NTAs this year, with Stranger Things up for the gong in the Best Period Drama category, competing with Victoria, Poldark, Call the Midwife and Peaky Blinders. Docu-series phenomenon Making a Murderer was also up for Best Factual Entertainment, where it competed with DID SOS: The Big Build, Gogglebox, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs and Tattoo Fix. Orange Is the New Black also got the nod for Best Comedy, opposite Benidorm, The Big Bang Theory and Mrs. Brown’s Boys.
Alas, the online giant had no success with any of them: Stranger Things lost out to Call the Midwife, raising the question whether The Crown (which just won two Golden Globes) would have fared any better, while Orange Is the New Black was beaten by Mrs. Brown’s Boys and Making a Murderer was trumped by Gogglebox.
The results are an indicator of just how much traditional channels continue to dominate affection among UK audiences – and, specifically, NTA voters – with established formats still proving popular: Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here both won Entertainment Programme and Challenge Show (beating Bake Off), while hosts Ant and Dec took home the Best Presenter prize for the 16th year in a row. Luckily, though, that fondness for institutions also meant that Mary Berry got to bag one last gong for Best Judge on Bake Off.
The full list of 2017 winners are highlighted below.
Netfix nabs first National TV Awards nominations
4th January 2017
Netflix has nabbed its first ever National TV Award nomination this year. In fact, the streaming service has been nominated for three prizes, as the 2017 list of NTA contenders is unveiled.
The contest, now in its 22nd year, is voted for by the public, with the shortlist announced by ITV this week. The final round of voting is now open for the nation to decide which stars and shows will take home a trophy at the celebrations on 25th January 2017, hosted by Dermot O’Leary at The O2.
This year sees a brand new category in the competition: Period Drama. Recognising the huge appeal of historical sagas, the award sees ITV newcomer Victoria and the BBC’s Poldark renew their Sunday night rivalry – alongside returning favourite Call The Midwife and stylish gangster epic Peaky Blinders. It also opens the door to newcomer Netflix with the nomination of Stranger Things (beating The Crown to be the streaming site’s chosen period series).
Netflix’s documentary hit, Making a Murderer, is also up for Best Factual Entertainment, where it stands a strong chance against rivals DIY SOS: The Big Build, Gogglebox, Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs and Tattoo Fixers. Orange Is the New Black, meanwhile, is up for Best Comedy, opposite Benidorm, The Big Bang Theory and Mrs. Brown’s Boys. The BBC, ITV and Sky, though, dominate the main Drama category, with Casualty, Happy Valley and The Night Manager up against ITV’s Cold Feet revival and Game of Thrones.
You can vote free online at www.nationaltvawards.com before voting closes on Wednesday 25th January.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Game of Thrones
The Night Manager
Call the Midwife
The Big Bang Theory
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Orange is the New Black
The Great British Bake Off
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!
Britain’s Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
The X Factor
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
The Graham Norton Show
The Last Leg
DIY SOS: The Big Build
Making a Murderer
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Come Dine with Me
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Live magazine show
The One Show
Faye Brookes (Coronation Street)
Lloyd Everitt (Casualty)
Duncan James (Hollyoaks)
Tilly Keeper (EastEnders)
Jenna Coleman (Victoria)
Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)
Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley)
Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders)
Serial drama performance
Danny Miller (Emmerdale)
Natalie J Robb (Emmerdale)
Jack P Shepherd (Coronation Street)
Lacey Turner (EastEnders)
TV presenter of the Year
Ant and Dec
Mel and Sue