has dropped male and female categories from its annual MTV Movie Awards in favour of gender neutral prizes.Pitting actors against actresses for the first time, the move responds to debate that only acting categories still differentiate between male and female talent.Dropped in favour of ‘Best Performance’, the decision has sparked conversation around whether awards shows like the Oscars and the Golden Globes should follow suit.The male/female divide in awards ceremonies has made headlines recently with the UK’s National Television Awards being one of the first to scrap the gender divide.At the time a spokesperson for the NTAs commented the change “felt right”.“A great performance is great regardless of gender and we [the NTAs] think that dropping the male/female division has made the drama performance category more exciting.” In 2017, Eastenders’ Lacey Turner took home the prize for her performance as Stacey Fowler.
Catherine Tyldesley has announced that she’s leaving ‘Coronation Street’, after seven years on the soap.The actress, who plays Evas Price, will make her last on-screen appearance in 2018 and the news comes just days after it was revealed that Shayne Ward is also bowing out of ‘Corrie’.Explaining her decision to the Sun, Catherine said: ″’Coronation Street’ has been a dream job for me which is why this was such a difficult decision to leave.Catherine and Shayne have been at the centre of a number of explosive storylines this year and their characters’ wedding drama was one of 2017’s soap highlights.‘Corrie’ was also Shayne’s first TV acting role and he went on to win the Best Newcomer accolades at the Inside Soap and National Television Awards.
The shortlist of nominees for this year’s National Television Awards has been revealed and as of today (Tuesday 9 January), fans can cast their vote to decide who wins.Returning for their 23rd year, the NTAs celebrate reality television, dramas, talkshows and soaps, and remain one of the very few places where ‘Game Of Thrones’ goes up against ‘Call The Midwife’.‘Love Island’, ‘The Great British Bake Off’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ are also among the nominees, while Ant and Dec lead the TV Presenter category - one they have triumphed in for 16 years in a row.The duo’s programme ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ is also one of five shows nominated for the inaugural Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award.Dermot O’Leary is returning to host the event, which will take place at London’s O2 on Tuesday 23 January.The ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV.
With awards season now in full swing following last weekend’s Golden Globes, the bosses of the National Television Awards have unveiled this year’s shortlist of nominees.And with 2017 being a particularly strong one for British TV, competition is set to be tough at the event, which is being held on Wednesday 24 January.Ahead of the event, we’ve been through the nominations with a fine tooth comb to decide who is most deserving in each of the 14 categories, as well as predicting who is most likely to triumph.Nominees: ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’, ‘Love Island’, ‘MasterChef’ and ‘The Great British Bake Off’Who should win: ‘Love Island’ became a cultural phenomenon last year, helping it to set ratings records for ITV2.Nominees: ‘Call The Midwife’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Doctor Foster’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ and ‘Liar’
Scarlett Moffatt looked to her phone for style inspiration when picking her dress for the National Television Awards (NTAs).The presenter shared a photo of her outfit before she arrived on the red carpet at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday 23 January.“Feeling happy and like the dancing emoji ,” she wrote, before thanking Red Carpet Ready Lincoln for kitting her out in her beautiful dress.
For the 2018 National Television Awards, Holly Willoughby chose a beautifully ethereal, blue and yellow dress from a designer who who has a focus on sustainable fashion.Willoughby shared a photo of her outfit ahead of her red carpet appearance at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday 23 January and revealed she is wearing diamonds by Boodles, Charlotte Olympia shoes and a dress by Elizabetta Franci, - an Italian designer who has pledged to use no fur or feathers in her collections.Franci has also looked into the sustainability of other areas of her business and makes her look books and bags from eco-friendly paper certified by the FSC, an organisation which ensures that forests are replanted.Willoughby’s outfit was a hit on Instagram, with her post racking up nearly 60k likes within 30 minutes of being posted.She also posed for a pre-event photo with her husband Dan Baldwin.
Maya Jama ensured her dress made an impact on the 2018 National Television Awards’ red carpet by calling on the services of a bridal designer.The presenter’s delicately embellished gown was created by Gbemi Okunlola, whose AloNuko fashion label specialises in wedding dresses that will keep all eyes on the bride.But Jama had some stiff competition for attention, as Catherine Tyldesley and Lilah Parsons brought an astrological theme to the proceedings and Vicky Pattison, Georgia Toffolo and Holly Willoughby looked elegant in floaty chiffon.Scroll down to see some of the stand-out looks from London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday 23 January.
Suranne, who recently won a National Television Award for her role in ‘Doctor Foster’, hasn’t been keeping up with the ITV soap though, admitting she didn’t realise her former on-screen husband, Steve McDonald, now had a love child with Leanne Battersby.Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I don’t have time to keep up with Corrie but I’m friends with Jennie McAlpine and Antony Cotton so I do catch up.“But I didn’t know Steve had a baby — that is news to me and I am gobsmacked.”Of a potential return to the cobbles, she said: “If it was for a good cause and we were going to raise a lot of money, I’d definitely consider it for Comic Relief.”Richard Curtis, if you’re reading this, make it happen.Suranne played mouthy Karen on ‘Corrie’ from 2000 to 2004, having previously played a different guest character for one episode in 1997.
Scarlett Moffatt has laughed off rumours that she and fellow presenter Ant McPartlin have ever been romantically involved.Back in January, several media outlets ran stories based around tweets from fans, pondering whether Scarlett and newly-single Ant could be more than friends and colleagues, after the two were photographed together during the National Television Awards.While Ant’s representative blasted the rumours as “bullshit” at the time, Scarlett has now had her say, insisting to the Daily Mail that she sees the ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ host as a “big brother”.Ian West - PA Images via Getty ImagesShe insisted: “It’s so ludicrous it didn’t even warrant a response.Everyone who knows us knows how silly it is.
The stage invader who stormed the stage at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest appears to have been the same man who previously interrupted the National Television Awards, as well as last year’s final of ITV’s ‘The Voice’.During UK entrant SuRie’s performance of ‘Storm’, a man wearing a bandana interrupted her rendition of the song, running on stage, grabbing the microphone out of her hand and shouting a message about “freedom” and “the Nazis of the UK media”.While SuRie was given the chance to perform a second time, she declined the offer, and a spokesperson for the European Broadcasting Union later confirmed that the man was “in police custody”.Vyacheslav Prokofyev via Getty ImagesLittle is known about the man responsible, but it appears he does have a history of invading the stage during live events.It’s thought he’s the same person who stormed the stage last year during the final of ‘The Voice’ final last year, only to be again removed by security, who goes by the name ’Dr ACactivism’ online.
‘Love Island’ winners Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham will go ahead with an upcoming joint presenting role, despite their recent break-up, it has been confirmed.Dani and Jack had previously signed up to front backstage and red carpet coverage at next year’s National Television Awards, though fans speculated whether this would still be the case now that the pair have announced that they have ended their relationship.However, a representative for the NTAs has now confirmed that both Jack and Dani will be honouring their commitment and going ahead with the presenting role together.Ricky Vigil M via Getty ImagesA spokesperson told the Daily Star: “As winners and stand-out stars of one of this year’s most talked about shows, Love Island’s Dani Dyer and Jack Fincham will continue in their roles as hosts of the red carpet and backstage and all our social media channels on the night.“Despite the recent news about their relationship, we are delighted they remain friends and we look forward to working with them at the upcoming NTAs.”
Piers Morgan has taken major issue with Ant McPartlin’s nomination for Best Presenter at this year’s National Television Awards.The ‘Good Morning Britain’ host launched an attack against the star, who has spent recent months out of the spotlight focussing on his recovery, after he was convicted of drink-driving.Having been absent from our screens since his arrest last March, Piers claimed Ant had not done enough to receive a joint nod at the awards alongside his co-presenter Declan Donnelly.On Tuesday’s ‘GMB’, Piers raged: “He’s been on his backside all year!“No work, walk the dog, get up, and he still gets nominated for the NTA!I mean I love Ant but really?
As much as we enjoy pouring over red carpet pictures (and we really, really do), they can often be a little bit predictable, which is why we love it when there are some unlikely guests added into the mix.So imagine our excitement when who should turn up on the red carpet of this year’s National Television Awards other than ‘Gogglebox’ royalty, Giles and Mary.The married couple, who are famed for calling one another ‘Nutty’ on the hit Channel 4 series, completely stole the show (and our hearts) as they arrived at London’s O2 Arena.Of course, they were at the awards to represent ‘Gogglebox’, which was nominated in the Best Factual Entertainment.But while every other small-screen celebrity had braved the going without a coat in this stupidly freezing weather, Giles and Mary were much more sensible.The pair served some serious looks as they wrapped up in their winter clobber to pose for photographers.
Peter Kay was not in attendance at Tuesday’s National Television Awards, despite claims to the contrary that he would be.The comedian has been out of the spotlight in recent times, after cancelling his comedy tour in December 2017 due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.Peter’s only appearance since then was at a charity screening of his sitcom ‘Car Share’ in April last year.However, Chris Evans got fans’ hopes up on his Virgin Radio on Tuesday, when he said: “Peter Kay, He’s not a mate, but I know him.I know he’s been getting better and he’s coming back and he may well be back on telly tonight.As it turned out, Peter was not there to see his sitcom ‘Car Share’ win Best Comedy at the ceremony for a second year running.
Police are making enquiries after an alleged incident between reality stars Ferne McCann and Adam Collard at the National Television Awards earlier this week.As reported by The Sun, the two were allegedly involved in a heated row at an NTAs after-party, with the newspaper claiming the police were called after Ferne threw her drink at the former ‘Love Island’ star.No arrests were made, but the police have said they are continuing to look into the incident.Karwai Tang via Getty ImagesA police spokesperson told the newspaper: “An allegation of common assault was made to police by a man, aged in his 20s, following an incident with a woman, also aged in her 20s, at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, 22 January.“No one was injured during the incident.
Danny Dyer’s appearance on ‘The One Show’ on Friday was as delightfully inappropriate as you’d expect.Fresh from f-bombing the NTAs during his acceptance speech earlier this week, the ‘EastEnders’ star swung by ‘The One Show’ to chat about his new show ‘Right Royal Family’, which sees him delving into his royal roots.As we all now know, Danny has royal blood in him after it was revealed on ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ that he is a distant relative of King Edward III.However, the actor went full Danny Dyer when he addressed the fact that some professors have revealed that a lot of people are actually related to King Edward IIIHe told hosts Alex Jones and Rylan Clark-Neal: “Yeah, King Edward the Third.Listen, there’s been a bit of a thing about some professors, not happy about it, saying we’re all related to King Edward the Third.”
An audio play based on John Barrowman’s Doctor Who and Torchwood character has been axed by production company Big Finish.Barrowman and former co-star David Tennant both lent their voices to the new story Torchwood: Absent Friends, which would have seen Captain Jack Harkness reuniting with the Time Lord.However, following allegations that Barrowman repeatedly exposed himself on the set of the BBC sci-fi show, Big Finish has said they will no longer be releasing the audio story.In a statement, they said they “have no plans to publish this title at this time”.Earlier this week, it was announced that Barrowman had also been removed from an interactive Doctor Who experience.The FAQs section on the website for the Doctor Who: Time Fracture event, which is due to begin in London on 26 May, includeD the question: “What’s happening with Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood in the show?”A statement then explained: “Immersive Everywhere have taken the decision to remove this pre-record from Doctor Who: Time Fracture.“We will continue to include content that pays tribute to this brilliant show that is Torchwood so as not to disappoint its fans, and are working on an exciting storyline to be announced soon.”Last week, The Guardian published allegations from two women that the actor exposed himself “on a regular basis” behind the scenes during the shows’ earlier years.Numerous witnesses described the incidents to the newspaper as “inappropriate pranks” and he has since apologised for “tomfoolery” on set. In a statement, Barrowman said: “With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously. Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”His first apology came in November 2008 after he pulled down his trousers during an interview with BBC Radio 1.“I apologise for any offence I have caused. I was joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show, and went too far,” he said at the time.Julie Gardner, an executive producer on Doctor Who and Torchwood, also confirmed to The Guardian that she had received a complaint about his behaviour on set “around 2008”.“I met with John and reprimanded him [to] make it clear to both John and his agent that behaviour of this kind would not be tolerated,” Gardner said, adding that she also spoke to the show’s other executive producers and the head of BBC drama commissioning.“To my knowledge, John’s inappropriate behaviour stopped thereafter,” she added.John played Captain in Doctor Who and Torchwood between 2005 and 2011.Last year, he reprised the role in an episode of Doctor Who, in which he attempts to make contact with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.He later appeared in the New Year’s Day special at the beginning of this year.READ MORE:John Barrowman Apologises For ‘Tomfoolery’ On Doctor Who Set Following Claims He Exposed HimselfJohn Barrowman Removed From Interactive Doctor Who Show Following AllegationsNoel Clarke Suspended By Bafta After Misconduct Allegations