TV viewers honour Happy Valley, EastEnders, Strictly and Traitors at the NTAs

Sarah Lancashire won two awards as her show, Happy Valley, was named the best returning drama

Two shows have secured multiple awards at the National TV awards, as voted for by members of the public.

The BBC crime drama Happy Valley was named the best returning drama for it’s long-awaited third series. Its star, Sarah Lancashire also won the award for the best performance in a drama for her role as a highly respected uniformed police officer – beating James Norton, who played her nemesis. She also won a special recognition award.

The BBC’s long-running soap opera EastEnders walked away with three prizes; it was named the best serial drama, Danielle Harold won the award for the best performance in a drama serial and Bobby Brazier won the Rising Star award. Collecting his trophy, he joked, “I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing.”

The American shows Wednesday and Young Sheldon won the best new drama and comedy awards respectively – but their stars couldn’t attend the ceremony to collect their trophies because of the ongoing strike by actors in Hollywood.

There were mixed fortunes for the veteran presenting duo of Ant and Dec, who won the best presenter award for the 22nd year running. “We’ll keep doing it as long as you want us to keep doing it,” Ant McPartlin said. But the pair missed out on the Bruce Forsyth entertainment award, as I’m a Celebrity… and Saturday Night Takeaway was beaten by Gogglebox.

The 12 year winning streak for ITV’s scandal-hit This Morning show ended as The Repair Shop beat it to the Daytime TV prize.

Strictly Come Dancing was named the best talent show, The Traitors collected the best reality show prize and ITV’s 1% Club won the award for the best gameshow.

There were also prizes for Graham Norton and the late Paul O’Grady, who won the factual entertainment prize with For The Love of Dogs.

And here is the full list of winners:

  • New drama – Wednesday
  • Reality competition – The Traitors
  • Authored documentary – Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now
  • Returning drama – Happy Valley
  • TV presenter – Ant and Dec
  • Factual entertainment – Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
  • Drama performance – Sarah Lancashire (Catherine Cawood) Happy Valley
  • Bruce Forsyth entertainment award – Gogglebox
  • Serial drama – EastEnders
  • TV interview – The Graham Norton Show
  • Serial drama performance – Danielle Harold (Lola Pearce-Brown) EastEnders
  • Quiz/game show – The 1% Club
  • Rising star – Bobby Brazier (Freddie Slater) EastEnders
  • Daytime – The Repair Shop
  • Comedy – Young Sheldon
  • Talent show – Strictly Come Dancing