After 220,000 votes, Ricky Gervais leads this year’s winners with three wins for After Life, whilst Graham Norton and Declan Donnelly pick up two awards each and this year's Special Recognition Award goes to a Corrie favourite and soap legend.
This year's fifth annual I Talk Telly Awards were another huge success with a total of 220,000 votes registered, making them the second most successful awards to date, just shy of last year’s 265,000.
In the comedy categories, Ricky Gervais swept the board picking up three awards for After Life; Best New Comedy, Best Comedy Performance and TV Moment of the Year for “You tubby little ginger c**t” which also starred newcomer Thomas Bastable.
Elsewhere Derry Girls won Best Returning Comedy following on from their Best New Comedy win in 2018, Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson won Best Comedy Partnership and Katherine Ryan was the inaugural winner of the new Best Stand-Up Special award for her Netflix special Glitter Room.
It’s been another stellar year for television drama, not just in the UK but in the US too, which prompted the introduction of the new Best US Drama award which was won by Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us.
When it comes to Best New Drama, it was a victory for Chernobyl and Best Returning Drama was awarded to Peaky Blinders.
When it comes to dramatic performances, the partnership of Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in Killing Eve impressed viewers as they win Best Dramatic Partnership, whilst Sheridan Smith’s performance in Cleaning Up sees her awarded Best Dramatic Performance. And Micheal Ward was also celebrated in the Best Newcomer category for his role in Top Boy.
It was a double win for Graham Norton and The Graham Norton Show winning Best TV Presenter and Best Entertainment Show whilst The Late Late Show with James Corden made it five years in a row to win Best International Entertainment Series and Gogglebox was voted Best Factual Entertainment Series.
Elsewhere, last year’s I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! won Best Reality TV Show, Ant & Dec were awarded Best TV Presenting Partnership and Strictly Come Dancing won Best Talent Show.
For the fifth year running, This Morning won Best Daytime Show and winning Best Documentary was Jesy Nelson Odd One Out.
In the soap categories, EastEnders fought off tough competition to be named Best Soap and Max Bowden who plays Ben Mitchell won Best Soap Newcomer. It was a victory for Emmerdale in Best Soap Partnership with a win for Danny Miller and Ryan Hawley and Coronation Street won Best Soap Performance for Alison King.
The only award to be chosen by founder and editor of I Talk Telly, Elliot Gonzalez rather than the public, is the Special Recognition award which this year goes to Sue Nicholls in recognition of her incredible 40 years of playing Audrey Roberts in ITV's popular soap Coronation Street.
Speaking about his reasons for choosing Sue, Elliot said:
“I've been a fan of Coronation Street since I was a young kid and my favourite character has always been Audrey Roberts. I used to visit Granada Studios in Manchester when I was younger and visit the set of Weatherfield, with the hope of bumping into her.
Little did I know that many years later I'd be fortunate enough to be invited along to the opening of Coronation Street's new set in Media City, meet Sue Nicholls and have my photograph taken with her.
With 2019 marking 40 years since Sue first graced our screens as Audrey it felt only right that this year's Special Recognition award should go to her for the incredible amount of joy she's brought me and millions of others for decades. Long may Audrey remain a fixture in Corrie, it wouldn't be the same without her."
Acceptance videos from the likes of Sue Nicholls, Ricky Gervais, James Corden, Sheridan Smith, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Katherine Ryan, Sian Gibson and more are available to watch here.
Full list of winners below,
Best New Comedy
2018 winner: Derry Girls
Best Returning Comedy
2018 winner: Peter Kay’s Car Share
Best Comedy Performance
2018 winner: Diane Morgan, Cunk on Britain
Ricky Gervais, After Life
Best Comedy Partnership
2018 winner: Paul & Barry Chuckle, Benidorm
Johnny Vegas & Sian Gibson, Death on the Tyne
Best New Drama
2018 winner: Bodyguard
Best Returning Drama
2018 winner: Doctor Who
Best US Drama
When They See Us
Best Dramatic Performance
2018 winner: Jenna Coleman, The Cry
Sheridan Smith, Cleaning Up
Best Dramatic Partnership
2018 winner: Keeley Hawes & Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Jodie Comer & Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Best Entertainment Show
2018 winner: The Graham Norton Show
The Graham Norton Show
Best Factual Entertainment Show
New category replacing Best Factual. 2018 winner: Gordon, Gino & Fred’s Road Trip.
Best International Entertainment Series
2018 winner: The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Best Reality TV Show
2018 winner: I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Best Talent Show
2018 winner: The Great British Bake Off
Strictly Come Dancing
Best Daytime Show
2018 winner: This Morning
Best TV Presenter
2018 winner: Declan Donnelly, Britain’s Got Talent
Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show
Best TV Presenting Partnership
2018 winner: Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby, This Morning
Ant & Dec, Britain’s Got Talent
Replaces Best Factual
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out
Best Stand-Up Special
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room
2018 winner: Mandip Gill, Doctor Who
Micheal Ward, Top Boy
TV Moment of the Year
“You tubby little ginger c**t”, After Life
2018 winner: Coronation Street
Best Soap Newcomer
2018 winner: Ash Palmisciano, Emmerdale
Max Bowden, EastEnders
Best Soap Performance
2018 winner: Shayne Ward, Coronation Street
Alison King, Coronation Street
Best Soap Partnership
2018 winner: Kieron Richardson & Parry Glasspool, Hollyoaks
Danny Miller & Ryan Hawley, Emmerdale
2018 winner: ChuckleVision