National TV Awards: Ant & Dec To Win Again – But Will Bake Off Win Anything?
Ant & Dec, meanwhile, look set to maintain their stunning 15-year stranglehold on the best TV presenter category, with the duo currently 1/12 lock-ins for the award. Mel & Sue, who were touted as potential rivals at the outset, have fallen behind at 9/1, while Rylan Clark-Neal, presenter on The Xtra Factor, a distant 14/1
Ant & Dec to continue their winning streak at the expense of Mel & Sue Despite many early punters anticipating a sweeping victory for The Great British Bake Off in the Best Challenge Show category, it is in fact the long-standing I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here that has been slashed from 6/1 into 2/7 clear favourite. The baking show sits behind at 5/2, with other contenders, such as The Apprentice way off at 16/1 or worse.
The final shock of the NTAs looks likely to be in the Best TV Judge category. Many initially suspected that nostalgia would play a pivotal role in deciding the victor of the category, with two early favourites, Len Goodman and Mary Berry, both having left their respective shows. Out in front though is surprise 6/4 favourite David Walliams for his work on Britain’s Got Talent, with Goodman also 6/4 and Berry trailing the pair at 5/2.
“Ant & Dec remain the bankers – but The Best TV Judge looks the best market for year and any of the top three could win the award,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
The National Television Awards:
Best TV Presenter: 1/12 Ant & Dec, 9/1 Mel & Sue, 14/1 Rylan Clark-Neal, 16/1 Gary Lineker 20/1 James Corden
Best Drama: 11/8 Game of Thrones, 2/1 Casualty, 5/1 Happy Valley, 5/1 The Night Manager, 8/1 Cold Feet
Best Serial Drama: 1/2 Eastenders, 3/1 Coronation Street, 7/2 Emmerdale, 25/1 Hollyoaks
Best Challenge Show: 2/7 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, 5/2 The Great British Bake Off, 16/1 The Apprentice, 33/1 Masterchef, 40/1 Love Island
Best entertainment programme: 1/5 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, 7/1 The Last Leg, 8/1 The Graham Norton Show, 9/1 Celebrity Juice
Best TV Judge: 6/4 David Walliams, 6/4 Len Goodman, 5/2 Mary Berry, 14/1 Simon Cowell, 33/1 Nicole Scherzinger Best Talent Show: 1/9 Strictly Come Dancing, 6/1 The X Factor, 8/1 Britain’s Got Talent