The shortlist for the TVQuick and TVChoice Awards 2009 has been announced. Viewers, this is your chance to have your say. You can cast a vote at TV Quick or TV Choice until Friday July 10. Here are the nominations – as usual, I’m having my say about each category. You really didn’t expect me to keep my mouth shut, did you?
Best Comedy Show
Gavin & Stacey (BBC3/BBC1)
The Inbetweeners (E4/C4)
My Family (BBC1)
How the heck has My Family managed a nomination? Is the state of British comedy that desperate? I’ll be cheering on Outnumbered although I’m perfectly OK with The Inbetweeners winning too.
Best Daytime Show
Loose Women (ITV1)
The Paul O’Grady Show (C4)
This Morning (ITV1)
Whenever I’m home, I watch This Morning to see Phil and Fern crack up over some kind of penis innuendo; you can set your watches by them. Big fat sausage splits and spits fat on the grill? It’s 11.47am.
Best Entertainment Show
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV1)
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (BBC1)
Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1)
Mock The Week (BBC2)
Harry Hill cracks me up. His digs at 2008’s X Factor were priceless.
Best Lifestyle Show
Come Dine With Me (C4)
Gok’s Fashion Fix (C4)
Top Gear (BBC2)
Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1)
Is there a UK equivalent of the word ‘Americana’? Because if so, that’s what Come Dine With Me Is. It’s a deliciously bitchy slice of quirky Britain-ana (where do they get those people from?!?) served up with a healthy dollop of sarcasm courtesy of narrator Dave Lamb. Hope it wins…
Best Family Drama
The Bill (ITV1)
Lark Rise To Candleford (BBC1)
Robin Hood (BBC1)
Waterloo Road (BBC1)
I’m a huge fan of period dramas so I’d like Lark Rise to take the prize. However, this is not the Baftas so it’s got no chance. Robin Hood will take this category.
Best New Drama
Being Human (BBC3)
Dead Set (E4/C4)
Law & Order: UK (ITV1)
Charlie Brooker can do no wrong but Dead Set up against Merlin? No contest. Much bigger fanbase for the BBC’s unintentionally homoerotic drama. It brings a whole new meaning to Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction one-liner: "I’m a get medieval on yo ass."
Best Drama Series
Ashes To Ashes (BBC1)
I’m rooting for Spooks – sorry Ashes fans, but I much prefer Life On Mars.
Best Reality Show
The Apprentice (BBC1)
Big Brother (C4)
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV1)
The Secret Millionaire (C4)
"At the start of the day, everybody knows, without your Wake Up Call you put your pants over your clothes! So before you put your pants on and get out of your bed, eat a bowl of Wake Up Call and let the pants between your head. It has apples, bananas, cranberries too; an ABC of fruits we have selected just for you! Memory focus and energy hooray! Eat a bowl of Wake Up Call and put your pants on the right waaaaaaay!" My favourite reality TV show moment this year by far. Thanks Pants Man.
Richard Armitage, Spooks (BBC1)
Philip Glenister, Ashes To Ashes (BBC1)
Neil Morrissey, Waterloo Road (BBC1)
David Threlfall, Shameless (C4)
"I want this place cleaner than a virgin’s pudendum!" The difficulty the others have is overcoming the phenomenon that is Gene Hunt; even if the series itself is patchy, Philip Glenister owns that character.
Keeley Hawes, Ashes To Ashes (BBC1)
Billie Piper, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl (ITV1)
Kaya Scodelario, Skins (E4)
Denise Welch, Waterloo Road (BBC1)
Hmmmm. This is difficult. I’ve pulled the name of Skins’ Kaya Scodelario out of the hat. You go girl!
Best Talent Show
Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1)
Dancing On Ice (ITV1)
Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
The X Factor (ITV1)
Britain’s Got Talent will win this hands down.
All Star Family Fortunes (ITV1)
Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night (C4)
Deal Or No Deal (C4)
Total Wipeout (BBC1)
Best gameshow? Is that an oxymoron?
Best Soap Actor
Chris Fountain – Justin Burton, Hollyoaks (C4)
Simon Gregson – Steve McDonald, Coronation Street (ITV1)
Scott Maslen – Jack Branning, EastEnders (BBC1)
Steve McFadden – Phil Mitchell, EastEnders (BBC1)
I’ve got a soft spot for the character of Steve McDonald in Corrie so I hope Simon Gregson wins. But he won’t. It will be someone from EastEnders.
Best Soap Actress
Linda Henry – Shirley Carter, EastEnders (BBC1)
Samantha Womack – Ronnie Mitchell, EastEnders (BBC1)
Katherine Kelly – Becky Granger, Coronation Street (ITV1)
Emma Rigby – Hannah Ashworth, Hollyoaks (C4)
No one tops Maggie Jones as Blanche Hunt, Corrie’s mother-in-law from hell. She’s not nominated so I’ll go with the Corrie actress nominated. But she won’t win. It will be someone from EastEnders.
Best Soap Newcomer
Lauren Crace – Danielle Jones, EastEnders (BBC1)
Craig Gazey – Graeme Proctor, Coronation Street (ITV1)
Danny Miller – Aaron Livesy, Emmerdale (ITV1)
Jorgie Porter – Theresa McQueen, Hollyoaks (C4)
If there’ any justice, Craig Gazey will take the award home for his hilariously offbeat performance as Graeme Proctor. But he won’t win the award. Lauren Crace will get it for dying in EastEnders.
Coronation Street (ITV1)
I will bet my Arsenal collection on an EastEnders win.
Best Soap Storyline
Danielle and Ronnie’s story, EastEnders (BBC1)
Niall’s revenge, Hollyoaks (C4)
Shane’s murder, Emmerdale (ITV1)
The Whitney and Tony Story, EastEnders (BBC1)
I will bet my vinyl collection on EastEnders’ Danielle and Ronnie’s story taking this prize. Are you noticing the pattern here?
The TVQuick & TVChoice Awards take place at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Monday September 7. Ben Miller, star of ITV1’s Moving Wallpaper and Primeval (both now axed, incidentally) plays host. Money will also be raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Van Persie’s still a Gooner! But that’s not TV related. The Michael Jackson memorial was incredibly moving in places and incredibly excruciating in others (can you say ‘revisionism’ peeps?). That Congresswoman! What planet was she on? As usual – Mariah Carey’s ho chic was good for a laugh.
But seriously, I loved Jermaine Jackson’s heartfelt rendition of Smile, I remain in awe of Motown greats Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Jennifer Hudson was class, Queen Latifah looked regally beautiful and all things considered, the ceremony was nowhere near as tacky as I’d feared it would be.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – The cancellations of Robin Hood and Primeval. Say goodbye to decent TV at teatime and hello to the likes of ‘Animals Do The Cutest Things For Cheap Telly’ and endless gameshows.
MSN Editor Coops
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