Showbusiness By Rupert Adams

National TV Awards: Is Longest Winning Streak In Award History Set To End?

With just a week to go before TV’s biggest night, the big question is will Ant & Dec once again win the Best TV Presenter award. They have made the category their own during their long-term collaboration with 15 consecutive wins, though their streak is under threat from another popular (and retiring) TV duo, Mel and Sue 6/1, who became fan favourites during their time on The Great British Bake Off.

“Sooner or later Ant & Dec have to lose and if anyone can do it perhaps Mel & Sue are the duo,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

The Best TV Judge category is also of note this year, with two stars of the television making the final bows on their respective shows. Mary Berry is 5/4 favourite to win the award for her work on The Great British Bake Off, while Len Goodman, who had been a judge on Strictly Come Dancing since its inception in 2004, is in second at 6/4. Meanwhile, the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones looks certain to claim victory in the Best Drama category at 11/10, although at 4/1 The Night Manager could give it a run.

The National Television Awards

Best TV Presenter: 1/8 Ant & Dec, 6/1 Mel & Sue, 10/1 Gary Lineker, 12/1 Rylan Clark-Neal, 20/1 James Corden

Best Drama: 11/10 Game of Thrones, 5/2 Casualty, 4/1 The Night Manager, 6/1 Happy Valley, 7/1 Cold Feet

Best Serial Drama: 1/2 Eastenders, 3/1 Coronation Street, 7/2 Emmerdale, 25/1 Hollyoaks

Best Challenge Show: 8/11 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, 5/4 The Great British Bake Off, 12/1 The Apprentice, 20/1 Masterchef, 40/1 Love Island

Best entertainment programme: 1/5 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, 7/1 The Graham Norton Show, 8/1 The Last Leg, 12/1 Celebrity Juice

Best TV Judge: 5/4 Mary Berry, 6/4 Len Goodman, 3/1 David Walliams, 10/1 Simon Cowell, 20/1 Nicole Scherzinger

Best Talent Show: 1/6 Strictly Come Dancing, 9/2 The X Factor, 8/1 Britain’s Got Talent