The Chase prevented ITV’s This Morning from taking its ninth win at the TV Choice Awards.
The ITV game show hosted by Bradley Walsh won its first prize for best daytime programming at an awards ceremony hosted by comedian Jo Brand at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
This is the first time since the pandemic that the awards, which showcase what viewers have voted as their favorite shows, are returning live.
BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing won best talent show for its 19th series, beating out ITV’s UK Got Talent and Masked Singer and the Channel’s The Great British Bake Off 4.
Judge Shirley Ballas told the PA news agency: “We would love to win the award (about) Seriously… I think the show deserves it.”
Judge Anton Du Beke said: “It was the best (award)… you should have been voted for by the viewers, that’s of course why we gave it.
“We hope that people still enjoy it. We’ve been going for a while and we enjoyed doing it.
ITV’s Emmerdale was named best TV series and its star Mark Charnock won best actor in a TV series for his touching performance as stroke survivor Marlon Dingle.
Charnock told PA that “raising awareness” is the key point and everything else is a “reward”.
He added that he made no speech prepared for victory.
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“I think I’m just going to give it wings,” Charnock said, “which is what’s going to happen is I’m going to go on stage, fall down, and (they’re going to) pull me away.”
I’m an ITV celebrity… Get me out of here! won the 17th best reality show award while Channel 4 saw Gogglebox named best entertainment show.
Presenter Denise van Outen, who co-stars with Blue singer Duncan James on Celebrity Gogglebox, said: “It tends to win a lot. And we love to do that.
“It was not planned in advance…so we just reacted to what we were shown.”
The BBC’s Call The Midwoman won best family drama, while historical drama star Jenny Agutter was named best actress.
Cliff Parisi, who plays Fred Buckle, joked to PA before the results were announced: “Let’s see if (Call The Midwoman) wins, (goals) go high.”
The secret, he added, were “nurs, nurses and small children”.
Netflix won best new drama for LGBT+ romantic Heartstopper, best comedy performance for After Life by Ricky Gervais and best drama for romantic period drama Bridgerton.
ITV’s Long Lost Family won best lifestyle, best actor went to Cillian Murphy for BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders and best reality show went to This Week On Channel 5’s The Farm.
James Martin’s Saturday Morning on ITV won best food programme, and Gillian Wright took home best actress for her role as Jean Slater in the BBC drama EastEnders.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/the-chase-beats-this-morning-at-tv-choice-awards-42144547.html The Chase beat This Morning at the TV Choice Awards