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Who Will You Vote for in the National Television Awards?

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published October 14th 2014


The National Television Awards, in my opinion, should be the most sought after award in the industry. Why? Because the votes are cast by the public. The reason actors act and the reason directors direct is because they want to entertain their audience, so surely our opinion is of the greater value than that of the critics?



Whether or not those in the industry agree with me, I don't know, but one thing I do know, is that it gives the general public a chance to have their say. When it comes to BAFTAs and Oscars, it might be exciting to find out who won, but sometimes you feel a bit cheated if the person you think deserved the award didn't win. With the National Television Awards, you can bring your voice to the table.



This year The National Television Awards has some new categories, which is great because I no longer have to pick between Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off. They both used to be under the Reality TV category, but now they have been divided into Talent Show and 'Skill Challenge Show'.



Other show categories include Serial Drama (the soaps), Drama, Comedy, Factual, Daytime, Entertainment Program, and Newcomer. Which were your favourites? If you don't watch any of the programs nominated, then you can simply skip that section. I did that with a few categories, even Comedy, which I was surprised about. Only through the voting process did I realise how little of the current comedy on television interests me these days. I haven't watched any in the last year.



A show can only be a good as the people in it, so there also several categories for actors, including Drama Performance (my vote goes to Maggie Smith), Serial Drama Performance, Chat Show Host (no one does it better than Graham Norton), Entertainment Presenter (tough choice between Claudia Winkleman and Warick Davis) and TV Judge (Cruel making me pic between Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood).

Who will you be voting for, and are you eagerly awaiting the results? The awards ceremony will be held at the 02 Arena and tickets are between £23.50 - £38.50. You can also watch it broadcast live on ITV on the 15th April 2015.
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