Edmonds seals comeback in TV awards

Seven years after his television career crumbled, Noel Edmonds has sealed his comeback at this year's National Television Awards.

The host of Deal or No Deal, an afternoon game show with five million viewers, won the award for best daytime television show.

A decade ago, Edmonds, a staple of Saturday night viewing, was the highest-paid entertainer on British television and shortlisted for the Television Awards for Noel's House Party.

But after almost 30 years of ubiquity, the former Radio 1 DJ, who presented Top of the Pops in the late Seventies and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop into the Eighties, saw his star fall as the BBC wielded the axe on Noel's House Party.

Just over a year ago Edmonds, 57, was described in one newspaper as "a man who is increasingly succumbing to bitterness and melancholy".

But since then he has found success with the daytime show on Channel 4 Deal or No Deal, a programme in which contestants are not required to rely on skill or knowledge, but instead select a box containing a sum of money up to £250,000.

And in March, Edmonds, who credits his success to Cosmic Ordering - a spiritual system where you make requests to the Universe - had his contract for presenting the show extended until Autumn 2007, in a deal rumoured to be worth £3m.

Last night Edmonds, who was unable to receive his accolade last night because he was on holiday in Mauritius, said: "I'm thrilled - especially thrilled because these awards come from the people."

The BBC science fiction drama series Doctor Who won three awards last night including most popular drama. David Tennant, who won most popular actor for his role as the time-travelling Doctor - taking over from Christopher Eccleston, last year's winner - joked backstage: "Thank goodness I didn't let the side down, eh? That would have been a tragedy.

"It's difficult to come into something that's been such a great success. It's a bit daunting, whether you're going to do as good a job as Chris. It means a lot." Tennant's former co-star, Billie Piper, won best actress for Rose Tyler in the series.

The motoring show Top Gear received the support of viewers after its presenter Richard Hammond recently had a near-fatal accident, and it took the award for most popular factual programme.

On collecting the award, Jeremy Clarkson, the co-presenter, said: "I told you if one of us has a car accident we would win this. They have set this up for Hammond haven't they?

"He's fine, completely fixed. The doctors say he's got to get a little bit better before he can come and face the flashbulbs.

"This will cheer him up and also cheer up the Top Gear team who have had a pretty horrid time over the last few weeks." Backstage, Clarkson said that their next series would be just as dangerous as their previous one.

Most popular entertainment presenter was won by Ant & Dec - Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - repeating their success of the past five years.

The pair also won the quiz programme award for Ant & Dec's Game Show Marathon, beating Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which has won for the past seven years.

As a reflection of the ongoing popularity of celebrity-reality culture, this year's awards included a new category for most popular reality television performer. The award was won by the Big Brother contestant Nikki Grahame, while presenter Davina McCall collected the prize for most popular reality show.

Sir David Attenborough was given a lifetime Achievement Award for his work on wildlife documentaries, which was presented by Terri Irwin, wife of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

National Television Awards

Most Popular Actress

Billie Piper, Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Most Popular Actor

David Tennant, The Doctor, Doctor Who

Most Popular Daytime Programme

Deal Or No Deal

Most Popular Comedy

Little Britain

Most Popular TV Contender

Nikki, Big Brother

Most Popular Factual

Top Gear

Most Popular Newcomer

Charlie Clements, Bradley Branning, EastEnders

Most Popular Entertainment Presenters

Ant and Dec

Most Popular Drama

Doctor Who (third win)

Most Popular Quiz

Ant and Dec's Gameshow Marathon

Most Popular Entertainment

The X Factor

Most Popular Reality

Big Brother

Most Popular Serial Drama


Life and Style
A teenager boy wakes up.
Life and Style
It is believed that historically rising rates of alcohol consumption have contributed to the increase
food + drink
An Apple iPhone 6 stands on display at the Apple Store
businessRegulators give iPhone 6 and 6 Plus the green light
Arts and Entertainment
Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book
filmChristopher Walken, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johanssen Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
Britain's internet habits have been revealed in a new survey
Life and Style
Playing to win: for Tanith Carey, pictured with Lily, right, and Clio, even simple games had to have an educational purpose
lifeTanith Carey explains what made her take her foot off the gas
Arts and Entertainment
Arts and Entertainment
The White Sails Hospital and Spa is to be built in the new Tunisia Economic City.
architectureRussian billionaire designs boat-shaped hospital for new Dubai-style Tunisia Economic City
Arts and Entertainment
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
A still from Duncan Campbell's hour-long film 'It for Others'
Turner Prize 2014
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hadley in a scene from ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’
musicSpandau Ballet are back together - on stage and screen
Life and Style
Bearing up: Sebastian Flyte with his teddy Aloysius in Brideshead Revisited
lifePhilippa Perry explains why a third of students take a bear to uni
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Alan Sugar appearing in a shot from Apprentice which was used in a Cassette Boy mashup
artsA judge will rule if pieces are funny enough to be classed as parodies
Arts and Entertainment
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Graduate Sales Executive

Up to £24k + Commission: Sphere Digital Recruitment: Premium Ad Verification C...

Agency Sales /Senior Sales Manager

£40,000 - £65,000 + commission : Sphere Digital Recruitment: Great opportunity...

Marketing Manager

£26 - 32k: Guru Careers: A Marketing Manager is needed to join a unique and ex...

Financial Accountant / Bookkeeper- Drinks Brand / FMCG

£30000 - £34000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: A new and dynamic drinks and FMC...

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style