I’m off to this years NTA’s… again!

As a few of you may remember, last year I was given the opportunity to photograph the celebs on the red carpet at The National Television Awards in London’s iconic O2 Arena. I had so much fun and everyone I met was so friendly and not snooty in the slightest! This year, I’m heading back to the famous spikey dome near the Thames, just unfortunately without a red carpet pass. That said, it will still be a fantastic evening – who wouldn’t want to be at such a big live event and get access to the VIP after party?!

Me again with the giant NTA! (2014)

Me again with the giant NTA! (2014)

This year, I have voted for the following programmes and celebs who I’d love to see win:

* Most Popular Talent Show – I love both Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice in equal measure, but in the end I opted for The Voice as I was lucky enough to attend last years live semi-final and it was an absolute blast! Plus, Strictly won last year so I thought I’d give someone else a chance.

* Most Popular Serial Drama – Coronation Street won last year due to the outstanding performances from both Julie Hesmondhalgh (who played Hayley) and David Neilson (who plays her husband Roy). It was an incredible story line, which gripped the nation. However, this year I voted for Eastenders as it is the only soap that I actually watch properly and have done for many years.

* Most Popular Comedy – I voted for the same programme as last year, The Big Bang Theory! As many people already know, I am more or less obsessed with this show and desperately want to see it filmed live in LA. However, last year the award understandably went to Brendan O’Carroll’s cracking show, Mrs Brown’s Boys, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if they won it again this year.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys: Brendan O’Carroll with his wife (but onscreen daughter), Jennifer Gibney! (2014)

* Most Popular Drama – Unfortunately, I don’t actually watch any of the nominated drama’s that made the shortlist this year (Cilla, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Sherlock), however I think I gave my vote to Cilla in the end as Sheridan Smith is just so talented! Last year, not surprisingly (as Matt Smith was the most incredible Doctor there has ever been!), Doctor Who beat Downton to the award, although I’m not too sure they’ll be able to do that for a second year running.

Most Popular Drama Performance – This was one of the easier votes to give. Sarah Lancashire played the most incredible character in the BBC’s captivating programme Happy Valley. Plus, she is a superb actress anyway! That said, she is up against Benedict Cumberbatch…

* Most Popular Factual Entertainment – I’ve always been a huge fan of Paul O’Grady, so to see him scoop this award for the second year, with his adorable show For the Love of Dogs, would be absolutely fantastic! However, the popular (not with myself I must add) programme Gogglebox, where you watch people watching TV (?!?!), has somehow found itself in the ‘Factual’ category… I’m sorry, but how could this programme possibly be factual?! Unfortunately, I think this one will regrettably win.

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The wonderful Paul O’Grady with two of our Junior Photographers! (2014)

* Most Popular Daytime – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a year where This Morning hasn’t won! Don’t get me wrong, after watching Phillip Schofield’s 24 hour live TV challenge to raise money for the Text Santa appeal last year, he is one of the greatest TV presenters on our tellies. However, even with that in mind, I decided to give The Chase my vote this year as I’ve recently really enjoyed watching it and I end up learning so much from it, too. Sorry, Schofe!

* Most Popular Newcomer – This again was an easy one for me, as I think this actress brings much needed comedy to soapland. As soon as Maddy Hill (who plays Nancy Carter) stepped onto the square – or should I say carried over the shoulder of Danny Dyer’s character – I knew she would become one of my favourites and I’m overjoyed to see that she has made the shortlist! Last year I predicted correct in this category, with ‘Enders Khali Best (who plays Dexter) scooping the award – I even had the opportunity to congratulate him at the after party!

The gorgeous Maddy Hill!

The gorgeous Maddy Hill! (2014)

* Most Popular Serial Drama Performance – From one Carter to another, my vote was given to Danny Dyer, who again brings so much comedic value to the show as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter. The two together are quite the double act and even though to begin with I was rather apprehensive for Dyer’s entrance, I’m so pleased the Carter family joined the cast!

* Most Popular Entertainment Programme – This was a tricky one as all four programmes are equally great in their own right. However, I think I voted for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway this time because it’s the one I watch the most of. Either way, Ant and Dec have a 50% chance of winning this award as I’m A Celebrity is also nominated (and the show actually won last year, too).

Most Popular Entertainment Presenter – Since Ant & Dec won this category last year, as well as the award above AND the 2014 Landmark Award, I decided to give my vote to the hilarious (and on many occasions inappropriate) Keith Lemon. I absolutely love Celebrity Juice and thanks to this programme, played the funniest party game with my American relatives… Don’t Show Keith Your Teeth!

* Most Popular Chat Show Host – This was another category in which I found it extremely tough to decide who to give my vote to – I literally enjoy watching every single nominee! Since they are all worthy winners, I had to alter the question slightly… “Who would I most like to meet?”. Even though I very briefly asked Alan Carr last year if he would have a picture with our Junior Photographers and thanked him for it afterwards, I’d still really like to meet the hilarious Chatty Man properly. Et voila!

The wonderful Alan Carr with our Junior Photographers! (2014)

The wonderful Alan Carr with our Junior Photographers! (2014)

* Most Popular Multichannel Programme – As I briefly mentioned a few categories ago, I find Celebrity Juice addictive and very much a feel good show, as it never fails to make me laugh! However, and this is probably the biggest however I will make on this post, it is up against the incredibly popular Game of Thrones. So in theory, it unfortunately has absolutely no chance on winning!

* Most Popular Skills Challenge Show – This was a coin flip between The Apprentice and The Great British Bake Off (not that I actually had a coin handy – typical!), as I thoroughly enjoy both. Thus having no coin to flip, I decided to vote for Bake Off as not only is Mary Berry the sweetest lady I’ll ever meet (albeit briefly at, none other than, last years NTA’s), but Mel and Sue’s comedy narration throughout is just pure genius!

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The adorable Mary Berry in our photographers limelight! (2014)

* Most Popular TV Judge – Surprise, surprise, I voted for Mary Berry for this category, too! I don’t watch X Factor anymore since both Nicole Scherzinger’s and Gary Barlow’s departure, so that cut the shortlist in half right there (both Simon and Cheryl were nominated). I then dismissed David Walliams as I thought that he probably has lots of different awards for numerous things – although he does seem like lots of fun!

So those are my predictions/hopes ahead of next weeks National Television Awards – I can’t wait to see who wins! Also, if you’ve made it all the way to the end, thank you very, very much!

Person of the year

#164: You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?

Hmmm… This is super tough. I immediately thought of a family member but then realised I have too many family members that deserve this nomination/award, so they’ve been ruled out. 

After much deliberation, I’ve managed to whittle it down to two people – the first is someone I work with. Ever since I started there, we’ve got on well which I think is because he was the intern before me. Since then and especially since December last year, I’ve considered him as one of my bet friends and I cannot imagine my life without him. He has given me so much emotional support recently and continues to selflessly do so. The second person who I know deserves the person of the year award, is someone I met through work (he used to work there before the company went splitsville!). He has helped keep me motivated and positive through the tough times and is always kindly providing me with incredible work opportunities (read about and watch the incredible time I had at a NERF zombie launch event). What’s even lovelier, is that we pretty much email everyday with the latest news, gossip and support. 

Both of these individuals have played such a key part in my life and I couldn’t imagine being without them. I’ve got so much love for them and will only ever wish the very best for them. They’re the two nicest people I’ve ever known and probably will ever know. I simply cannot decide between the two!

Mr. Peabody & Sherman gala screening, Peter Andre and Choccywoccydoodah!

As another 365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion (don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t like the prompt, I just couldn’t think of anything I’d liked to have been different in my childhood – I know, sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth!), I’ve decided to write about what exciting things happened last Saturday.

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So, as you can probably tell from my post title, I went to the VIP gala screening of Mr. Peabody and Sherman! I ended up taking my parents as unfortunately, I was going to take my best friend and her daughter but lil’un was unwell that morning, so couldn’t come 😦 We saw the film in 3D and were given the coolest glasses… shaped like Peabody’s specs! Before the film begun, we were treated to the preview of Peter Andre’s song ‘Kid‘, introduced by the man himself (if you haven’t heard it – watch it now! You have no excuse since I’ve provided the link!). The film itself is absolutely fantastic! It’s one of those kids ones that has adult humour sewn throughout, so everyone can enjoy it!

As we were leaving the screening, who did we happen to spot coming up the escalator… Peter Andre! This is when I went into full professional mode introducing myself as being from NG Kids mag (such a handy skill to have nowadays!). He was a really nice, genuine guy and we had a brief chat about how we loved the film, and of course his happy go lucky song! I also told him that my auntie would be very jealous as she’s a big fan and he kindly signed a Mr. Peabody and Sherman poster for her… d’awwww!

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After such an exciting day, we headed to what is becoming a regular hangout for me and my family… Choccywoccydoodah! We had to wait a little while since it was a Saturday, but we didn’t mind as the staff are so entertaining and give you free samples (this way I got to choose which flavour cake I wanted before heading up to the cafe!). I tried a piece of their ginger cake just to be sure that I’d enjoy what I planned to order… and boy did I! Plus since there was three of us, we though we’d treat ourselves to two slices wedges; one traditional chocolate and one ginger. As always, we had to bring half of each home (there was no way we’d waste it!) and they suggested that we pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it gooey… heaven!

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P.s. I had to write this earlier on today and schedule it as I’m actually at a gala screening of another movie right now (which I’ll fill you in on when the embargo has passed) and afterwards, I will hopefully be heading to… you’ve guessed it… Choccywoccydoodah! In my defence, this time I’m taking my brother and we’re planning to try a slice wedge of lemon cake, so it’s all strictly for research purposes!

Image: Peabody poster and cakes – me. Peter Andre and I – my dad (hence the fuzziness).