Benefits Street has been nominated for a National Television Award! I know! I’m shocked t – – what? Oh! Doctor Who, yeah. Sorry.
Doctor Who has been nominated for an NTA! It’s in the ‘Drama’ category and unfortunately, is up against some stiff competition. As ever, it’s tough to find a show which doesn’t have a connection to Doctor Who, so the other nominations are littered with familiar faces.
Anyone think of a connection between Who and Sherlock? No? Okay, well, we’ll move on to Cilla (with Big Finish companion, Sheridan Smith, in the lead role); Grantchester (starring Cold War‘s James Norton); Happy Valley (also with Norton, but further featuring Sarah Lancashire from Partners in Crime); Last Tango in Halifax (not only starring Lancashire, Smith and Jones‘ Anne Reid, and Big Finish’s Nicola Walker, but also partly directed by Euro Lyn); Prey (with the Master himself, John Simm); and The Musketeers (with a certain Twelfth Doctor playing the Big Bad). That’s just the tip of the iceberg though: there’s a total of 34 nominees in that category alone.
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are also up for the ‘Drama Performance’ award, alongside Sarah Parish, Anna Maxwell Martin, Hermoine Norris, Sir Derek Jacobi, David Tennant, Lesley Sharp… and many more!
In the ‘Comedy’ category, we find The Wrong Mans (starring and co-written by James Corden), Big School (a Catherine Tate and David Walliams vehicle), and Not Going Out – a personal favourite with Katy Wix as the dippy Daisy – but you might know her from Torchwood: Children of Earth, where she played Ianto’s sister.
Alexander Armstrong’s ever-popular quiz, Pointless, is nominated for the ‘Daytime’ award (Armstrong previously providing the voice of Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures, and appearing in 2011’s The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe), while also battling it out against Frank Skinner (Mummy on the Orient Express) and Warwick Davis (Nightmare in Silver) for the ‘Entertainment Presenter’ award. Davis’ remake of Celebrity Squares is also in the ‘Entertainment Programme’ category, but the less said about that, the better. Seriously. My eyes nearly melted.
These are just longlist nominations – and yes, it’s a very long list! – so the shortlist won’t be announced until early next year. The ceremony takes place on 21st January 2015.
You can vote for free online or by calling the NTA vote form request line 0844 646 2060. Do people still do that?!