Chiswick TV personalities win big at National Television Awards

Chiswick’s TV personalities have triumphed at the 2021 National Television Awards, with wins across several categories throughout the night.

Ant and Dec won best TV presenter – again. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have won the best TV presenter trophy at every NTAs ceremony since 2001.

Accepting their 20th award for Best TV Presenter, Donnelly, who lives in Chiswick, said:

“It’s pretty overwhelming to be honest with you. So much has changed in both of our lives since 2001, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how unbelievably grateful we are that you take time, year after year, to vote for us and put us up here.

“We are so honoured and humbled and grateful. It means the absolute world.”

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 dominated the top categories – with the Ricky Gervais’s Netflix comedy After Life marking the only prize for a streaming service. Other winners throughout the night included Line of Duty, Des, Gogglebox and It’s A Sin.

Image above: David Tennant as serial killer Dennis Nilsen, Michael Sheen and David Tennant embrace following his win

David Tennant as Des wins Best Drama Performance

David Tennant, also a Chiswick resident, won the award for Best Drama Performance for his performance in the ITV drama Des, based on the serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

When reading out the nominations for the award, Michael Sheen joked:

“I’m not quite sure how you pronounce this but I think it’s David Tenn-ant?” 

The pair know each other fairly well, having worked together on Amazon’s Good Omens and the BBC series Staged.

As Tennant took to the stage and was on the cusp of taking his trophy, Sheen said:

“I’m afraid David can’t be with us tonight, but he very much wanted the award to go to me.”

Tennant pretended to walk away before finally releasing it from Sheen’s grasp.

“Thank you Michael, I know how difficult it was to hand that over,” he joked.

After thanking the cast and crew of Des, Tennant added:

“On a personal note, I want to thank [my wife] Georgia and my family, we had just had a baby when we filmed this, and the last thing Georgia needed was me sloping off to go to a very dark place and play a serial killer every day.”

Georgia Tennant posted this on Twitter following her husband’s win:

Image above: Omari Douglas as Roscoe Babatunde in It’s A Sin, Olly Alexander (left) stars as Ritchie Tozer and Nathaniel Hall (right) plays the role of Donald Bassett. 

It’s A Sin win’s Best New Drama

Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin, which follows a group of friends in the peak of the AIDs crisis in the 1980s, bagged Best New Drama.

Actor Omari Douglas studied BA Musical Theatre at Chiswick’s acting school ArtsEd in 2015 and played the lead role of Roscoe Babatunde, alongside Years and Years singer Olly Alexander.

Reacting to the win on Twitter, Omari Douglas simply said:

On winning the award, Olly Alexander said:

“Honestly this show is so brilliant from everybody in the cast to the crew, production, behind the scenes. It was the hugest privilege of my life to be a part of it”

Writer Russell T Davies added:

“This is a story in which many people lost their lives, so it’s nice to dedicate this to those we lost, those who lived, those who learned, and those we loved.”

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