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NTAs 2021: Kate Garraway dedicates award to her husband Derek Draper

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Kate Garraway dedicated her National Television Award to husband Derek Draper who is at home recovering from Covid-19.

The ITV presenter won the authored documentary award for Finding Derek which gave full access to her home while her husband was on a ventilator - his life hanging in the balance.

Garraway was greeted with a standing ovation as she took to the stage to thank producers.

“They didn't know they were making a story about bereavement or a triumph,” she said.

“In the end, it ended up being something between the two.”

Thanking the voters, she said: “Thank you so much for voting. I wonder if the reason why you did is because our story is your story.

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(PA Wire)

“I think we have all been touched by the pandemic, whether it is livelihoods, mental health – all the other extraordinary documentaries that have been highlighted and nominated tonight, they have also been affected by the pandemic and I just want to say to all the Darceys and Billys and Dereks and Derek’s family – whatever you are going through and however you are affected, you are not forgotten.

“We want the joy back. We want it to be over. But if you are still living with the stars the fight goes on.

Addressing her husband directly she said: “But of course most of all, Derek, you should be here and (he) should have had the chance to tell his own story. Derek, you are going to get the chance. Believe. The hope is real.”

Ant and Dec made television history winning best TV presenter for 20 years in a row, fighting off Piers Morgan who had set his sights on dethroning them.

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Ant McPartlin said: “We were talking in the car on the way here and the first year we won an NTA, Tony Blair was the prime minister and Newcastle United qualified for the Champions League. It just goes to show how long ago it was.

“But do you know what? This one means the most. Twenty years. This is really, really special. You have no idea how special this is.”

Declan Donnelly said: “When you get to 20, you can’t help but stop and look back at the first time we won in 2001, and so much has changed in both our lives since then but one thing that hasn’t changed is how unbelievably grateful we are that you take time year after year to watch both of us.”

Tommy Jessop celebrates in the awards room with the cast and crew of Line of Duty (PA)
Tommy Jessop celebrates in the awards room with the cast and crew of Line of Duty (PA)

The win came after Tommy Jessop broke hearts with his amazing pose celebrating Line of Duty’s best-returning drama win.

The BBC cop drama picked up the first award it was nominated for beating out The Crown and Unforgotten and then won the special recognition award.

Adrian Dunbar and Vicky McClure, both up for lead actor gongs, weren’t present at the ceremony due to Covid-restrictions on sets they were filming on.

But Tommy Jessop stole the show anyway striking a fantastic pose as he lapped up the appreciation in front of his adoring crowd.

One viewer tweeted: “Tommy Jessop having the time of his life up on the #NTAs stage is already a highlight of the night. Congratulations #LineOfDuty.”

This Morning won best daytime show with Phillip Schofield handing the microphone to his “best friend” co-host Holly Willougby

Willoughby said: “We just wanted to give you a normal morning. Thank you for voting it means the absolute world.”

Bear Grylls handed over the best new drama award to It’s A Sin which beat out Des, Normal People and Bridgerton.

Olly Alexander said: “This show is so brilliant everyone from the cast and crew behind the scenes who put their all into it. Its the hugest privilege of my life to be part of it.”

Creator Russell T Davies dedicating the win to “those we lost, those who lived, those who learned and those we loved” during the Aids crisis.

Olly Alexander looked overwhelmed as he accepted the gong (ITV)
Olly Alexander looked overwhelmed as he accepted the gong (ITV)

The Great British Bake Off won the best challenge show ahead of red hot favourite Love Island.

Paul Hollywood said in a live stream from the judge’s tent: “Last year was particularly difficult but we had to do the show to put a smile on your faces.”

Gogglebox surprisingly beat out Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, a documentary about the late Love Island presenter, for the factual gong.

The cast movingly dedicated the award to everyone lost in the pandemic particularly “the nation’s favourite Grandmother” June who recently passed away in May.

Ricky Gervais accepted the best comedy award for Netflix’s After Life coming ahead of Friday Night Dinner and Sex Education.

The comedian said: “I will keep it short. It’s already interminable. Thank you for Netflix for all their support and their total lack of interference. They are just the best broadcaster.

“The amazing crew and cast, and the people at home who voted for it. Thank you so much. You are the reason I do this. The money is… You are the second.. I do it for the money and thank you…”

Mollie Gallagher won best serial drama performance for her portrayal as goth Nina in Coronation Street, she said the win had left her “speechless”.

She said her role had drawn attention to hate crime attacks after her character was hospitalised in the show and dedicated the award to anyone who has ever felt “left out”.

Coronation Street’s Jude Riordan had to be held aloft to the microphone as he scooped the NTA for best newcomer.

Hrvy got a standing ovation as he opened the show with his single Runaway With It showing off some of the steps he picked up on Strictly Come Dancing.

Comedian Joel Dommett, who is hosting the National Television Awards, admitted he was terrified of Ricky Gervais and Jonathan Ross sat in the audience watching his opening monologue and joked about his mother running off with the cast of Love Island.

Beat The Chasers took the gong for the Best Quiz Show category.

Hrvy said ahead of performing his opening song: “I’m very excited. It’s a big deal. This is the NTAs. I have no idea how I landed this gig but I did. It’s going to be great. It’s a good hype song to open the show with and I can’t wait.”

Geordie duo Ant and Dec have won best TV presenter for 19 years in a row but Morgan has set his sights on dethroning them.

Morgan was nominated following a turbulent first half of 2021, which saw him depart Good Morning Britain over incendiary comments about the Duchess of Sussex.

BBC One cop drama Line of Duty leads the nominations with four nods - for returning drama and its three main stars of AC-12.

Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) are all in the running, alongside Olly Alexander for Aids crisis series It’s A Sin and David Tennant for Des, a drama about serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

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