It was a pointed triple-win for BBC’s exceptional crime drama ‘Happy Valley’ at the 2023 National Television Awards earlier this evening, with the splash of teasing towards multi-time winners Ant and Dec in the process.
Sally Wainwright’s drama earned “Best Returning Drama” while Sarah Lancashire earned her third National Television Award victory picking up “Best Dramatic Performance” in her speech praised Sally Wainwright heavily for her efforts on the popular crime drama based in Calderdale. Those sentiments were echoed by the cast after winning their first award.
But Lancashire wasn’t just awarded for her role in ‘Happy Valley’ alone this evening, as she was the latest recipient of the Special Recognition award for her acting career and varied roles - from playing Raquel Watts in ‘Coronation Street’ to portraying Julia Child in the TV series ‘Julia.’
Just like death and taxes, an Ant and Dec win at the National Television Awards is a certainty, and this evening was no exception. Despite a shock loss to Channel 5 series ‘Gogglebox’ to open the ceremony, they once again won “Best Presenter,” taking their overall NTA award tally up to 44 awards - and counting.
The ceremony also paid tribute to the life of Paul O’Grady, delivering a video package that fast-tracked through the life of Lily Savage, Paul O’Grady and the immense success of his show ‘For The Love of Dogs.’ The show earned the “Best Factual Programme” award as a post-humous nod to the late ITV presenter.
The full list of winners at the 2023 National Television Awards
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
The Masked Singer
Call The Midwife
Race Across The World
SAS: Who Dares Wins
Louis Theroux Interviews...
Piers Morgan Uncensored
The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show
The Graham Norton Show
Charlotte Jordan, Daisy Midgeley, Coronation Street
Danielle Harold - “Lola Pearce-Brown”, EastEnders
Dominic Brunt, Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale
Maureen Lipman, Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street
Brenda Blethyn, DCI Vera Stanhope, Vera
India Amarteifio, Young Queen Charlotte, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
James Norton, Tommy Lee Royce, Happy Valley
Judy Parfitt - Sister Monica Joan, Call The Midwife
Sarah Lancashire - “Catherine Cawood”, Happy Valley
Michael McIntyre's The Wheel
Richard Osman's House Of Games
The 1% Club
The Chase Celebrity Special
Ant & Dec
Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
Sort Your Life Out
The Martin Lewis Money Show Live
Benjamin Chivers, Isaac, The Devil's Hour
Bobby Brazier, Freddie Slater, EastEnders
Channique Sterling-Brown, Dee-Dee Bailey, Coronation Street
Lewis Cope, Nicky Milligan, Emmerdale
Deborah James: Bowelbabe In Her Own Words
Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now
Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction
Rob Burrow: Living with MND
The Repair Shop
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Britain's Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
Where can I rewatch the 2023 National Television Awards on demand?
The 2023 National Television Awards can be watched on demand through ITVX.