British Television


Discussion of Television in the UK (as opposed to UKTV on Foxtel).

Archived thread British Television.

The Brits held their National Television Awards last night.

As described by Wikipedia: “The National Television Awards (often shortened to NTAs) is a British television awards ceremony, broadcast by the ITV network and initiated in 1995. The National Television Awards are the most prominent ceremony for which the results are voted on by the general public.”

There are two voting stages: a longlist of nominees featuring the most watched shows and their stars from each channel, based on BARB ratings, is published in September, and the subsequent shortlist of the leading contenders in each category is published in January. The public vote in a nationwide poll via post, telephone and online with the process verified by an independent adjudicator.

Winners were

Challenge Show - The Great British Bake Off

Drama - Downton Abbey

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

Serial Drama Performance - Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)

Comedy - Peter Kay’s Car Share

Live Magazine Show - This Morning

Newcomer - Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor, Coronation Street)

New Drama - Doctor Foster

Daytime - The Chase

TV Presenter - Ant & Dec

International - The Big Bang Theory (also nominated were Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black)

Drama Performance - Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster)

Factual Entertainment - Gogglebox

Serial Drama - EastEnders

Talent Show - Strictly Come Dancing

Impact Award - Aiden Turner (Poldark)


To an Australian audience there are some unusual categories and interesting names for genres of program - “Challenge Show” for example had Masterchef and The Apprentice also nominated.


So they split Reality shows into Entertainment Programs if they have celebrities and Challenge Shows if they are nobodies?


I can’t work the categories out - they are probably as confusing as The Logies. The other nominees in Entertainment program were Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show.


They’re a bit of a joke now to be honest with shows (ITV shows especially) begging for votes before hand, but they topped it all off last night by basically giving an award to Aiden Turners chest.


Apparently 15th consecutive win for Ant and Dec!


Isn’t the NTAs a giant wank fest for ITV? :laughing:


Broadcaster Terry Wogan has died aged 77. Wogan, probably most famous for his Eurovision commentaries, was also the driving force behind the annual Children in Need appeal since 1980 and hosted the Radio 2 Breakfast show for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2009.


Channel 5 launched a new look on 11 February, more info from Creative Review. Gone is the rather boring circle ‘5’ from when Richard Desmond owned the channel, and in comes a segmented ‘5’.

More images available at TV Live

The old logos:


Isn’t the segmented 5 borrowing from channel 4’s segmented 4.


Yes, not to mention that 5’s new idents don’t contain the logo, much like Channel 4’s idents.


Detective drama Endeavour (the prequel to Inspector Morse) has been renewed for a fourth season. The series airs on 7TWO here.


Whilst the 5USA trailer style is a direct rip off of the Film4 trailer style.


Does anyone know if Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway from itv will be airing in Australia?


I’m sure they have screened it on one of the digital channels before.


Ripper Street will finish with the fifth season next year.

split this topic #16

A post was merged into an existing topic: Matches, Hatches, Dispatches


Shouldn’t that be posted in Hatches, Matches and Dispatches?



1 Like

Thunderbirds Are Go! has been renewed for the third season of 26 episodes.


Sky 1 in the UK has commissioned Spelling Star based on the original Ten series The Great Australian Spelling Bee. I didn’t realise that the format was an Australian original.

Sky 1 to launch brand new talent show, Spelling Star

Created by Endemol Shine Australia, Spelling Star had been a huge hit for Network Ten who have just commissioned a second series. The format has been among Endemol Shine Group’s highlights in Cannes where the format made its international launch last year at MIPCOM.

This is one of the promos for the format from Endemol Shine