National Television Awards 2018

Best Challenge Show

Love Island

MasterChef

The Great British Bake Off

WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Best Crime Drama

Line Of Duty

Little Boy Blue

Sherlock

WINNER: Broadchurch

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

The Voice UK

The X Factor

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing

Drama

Call The Midwife

Casualty

Game Of Thrones

Liar

WINNER: Doctor Foster

best TV Presenter

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield

WINNER: Ant & Dec

Best Factual Entertainment

Ambulance

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

WINNER: Gogglebox

Best Drama Performance

David Tennant, Broadchurch

Jenna Coleman, Victoria

Sheridan Smith, The Moorside

Tom Hardy, Taboo

WINNER: Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

All Round To Mrs Brown’s

Celebrity Juice

The Graham Norton Show

WINNER: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Best Serial Drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Hollyoaks

WINNER: Emmerdale

Serial Drama Performance

Barbara Knox, Coronation Street

Danny Miller, Emmerdale

Lacey Turner, EastEnders

WINNER: Lucy Fallon, Coronation Street

Best Comedy

Benidorm

Still Open All Hours

The Big Bang Theory

WINNER: Peter Kay’s Car Share

Best Newcomer

Nathan Morris, Hollyoaks

Ned Porteous, Emmerdale

Rob Mallard, Coronation Street

WINNER: Danny Walters, EastEnders

Best Daytime Television

Loose Women

The Chase

The Jeremy Kyle Show

WINNER: This Morning

Best TV Judge

Paul Hollywood, The Great British Bake Off

Simon Cowell, Britain’s Got Talent / The X Factor

will.i.am, The Voice UK / The Voice Kids

WINNER: David Walliams, Britain’s Got Talent

 

Witness to a Trial/The Whistler by John Grisham

I have recently read the short story Witness to a trial by John Grisham. It is Set in Florida it concerns a chap named Junior Mace who is convicted of killing his friend Son Razko after finding him in bed with his wife. Despite overwhelming evidence Mace professes his innocence and claims he was set-up. As the investigation progresses things don’t add up and a trail of bribary and corruption is gradually uncovered concerning a Local Judge who may be taking bribes from a local King-pin over the illegal building of a Casino on a Native American Reservation in order to get rich.

The Whistler by John Grisham is another exciting tale of bribery and corruption set in Florida and follows on from the short Story Witness to a Trial. It featuresHugo Hatch and Lacy Stoltz who both work as a Judicial investigators investigating cases of bribery and corruption within the judicial system. They are informed by a chap named Ramsey Mix/Grey Myers about a corrupt judge named Justice Claudia McDover.

Myers has overwhelming evidence that Justice Claudia McDover is working with, and taking bribes from, a criminal kingpin named Vonn Dubose who is head of an organised crime syndicate called the Catfish Mafia, in order to facilitate the building of a Casino and Luxury condominiums  on an Native American Reservation and make millions of Dollars in the process.

However while some of the local population welcome the development claiming it will bring much needed wealth to the area, others led by two friends Son Razko and Junior Mace oppose the building of a casino on their land. So in order to push through with the development Vonn Dubose has Razko assassinated and despite protesting his innocence, Mace is framed for murdering him. Mace is now currently languishing on death row thanks to the sinister machinations of Justice Claudia McDover, a few corrupt jailbirds and Vonn Dubose and it is now up to Hugo Hatch and Lacy Stoltz to catch the perpetrators and free Mace….

Vic Reeves

Best known as half the comedy duo Vic and Bob with Bob Mortimer, the English Comedian James Moir (Vic Reeves) was born 24 January 1959, in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire. At the age of five, he moved to Darlington, County Durham, and attended Heathfield Infants and Junior School and, Eastbourne Comprehensive in Darlington. After school, Moir undertook an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering, before moving to London and becoming a factory inspector. He also formed the Fashionable Five, a group of five friends (including Jack Dent, who ran the original Fan Club) who would follow bands like the Enid and Free onto stage, and perform pranks (including Moire pretending to have a brass hand, and following a Terry Scott lookalike around Darlington town centre in single file formation). Before finding fame, Reeves appeared in the Shakin’ Stevens video promo for “What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For. Eventually, they formed their own band. In 1983, he began a part-time course at a local art college, developed his love of painting and his unique work was also exhibited in a local art gallery. His drawings and paintings have been used in his television shows and form a major part of his 1999 book, Sun Boiled Onions. He also featured in A 1994 pilot written by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson entitled The Honeymoon’s Over which was never made. The same year, Reeves made a guest appearance on the Radio 1 series Shuttleworth’s Showtime, hosted by John Shuttleworth.

As well as working and performing in bands, in London, Moir also joined the alternative comedy circuit as a loudmouth American called Jim Bell, a beat poet called Mister Mystery and, also portrayed “The North-East’s Top Light Entertainer” – Vic Reeves. During His stage show Vic Reeves Big Night Out he met Bob Mortimer, a solicitor who enjoyed it so much that he soon began to participate. His television debut came in December 1986 on Channel 4 Television’s The Tube in a comedy game show segment called “Square Celebrities”, suspended by a wire to ask the “celebrities” questions. His next appearance was on the short-lived chat/comedy show One Hour with Jonathan Ross in a game show segment known as Knock Down Ginger. His growing TV profile led to Big Night Out being broadcast on Channel 4. Reeves continued to work alongside Bob Mortimer as a comedy duo in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, and Bang Bang, It’s Reeves and Mortimer, which also featured future cast members of The Fast Show and Little Britain.

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were listed as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In a 2005 poll to find the Comedians’ Comedian, Reeves and Mortimer were voted the 9th greatest comedy act ever. Moir has four children, the eldest two by his first wife Sarah Vincent, whom he married in 1990. They divorced in 1999. He met his second wife, Nancy Sorrell, in 2001, and the couple married on 25 January 2003. Sorrell gave birth to twin girls at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, on 25 May 2006. He lives in Charing, near Ashford. He Is a keen birdwatcher and buried his classic Austin A40 Somerset in his back garden, as shown on the BBC’s 1997 Omnibus documentary – A Film Of Reeves & Mortimer. He also appeared on the ITV show Mr and Mrs with his wife Nancy. Reeves is also one of the few comedians to have had a number one hit record in the UK Singles Chart, with The Wonder Stuff, singing “Dizzy” (previously a number one hit for Tommy Roe). The original composition “Oh! Mr. Songwriter”, featuring Bob Mortimer on mandolin was the B side released with a version of Born Free, which was critically acclaimed and also reached the top ten. A third single, Abide With Me, was Followed by an album, I Will Cure You. In 1995, Reeves collaborated with EMF, covering the Monkees’ hit “I’m a Believer”.

Between August 1998 and May 1999, Reeves and Mortimer presented the Channel X produced BBC Saturday night family game show Families at War alongside Alice Beer. Reeves played Marty Hopkirk in the BBC’s 2000–2001 thriller series Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – a revival of the original 1960s series, with Mortimer as Randall, Emilia Fox as Jeannie and Tom Baker as Wyvern. In2000, he presented a series entitled, Vic Reeves Examines on UK Play. The programme featured celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Johnny Vegas, Lauren Laverne and Emma Kennedy discussing a topic of their choice. The same year, Reeves presented a one-off radio show on BBC Radio 1, entitled Cock of the Wood. In 2004 he and Sorrell were both contestants in the fourth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. Along with Mortimer, he appeared in the series Catterick as several characters.In September 2005 Reeves hosted a show for Virgin Radio called Vic Reeves Big Night In produced by Mark Augustyn, for a short period on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7.00pm. In May 2006 he presented a programme on ITV Tyne Tees about Northeast comedy culture, It’s Funny Up North with… Vic Reeves. Reeves presented a historical ten-part series, entitled Rogues Gallery, which was shown on the Discovery Channel (UK) in 2005. In the series, he investigated, and portrayed Anne Bonny & Mary Read, Captain Kidd, Claude Duval, Jonathan Wild, Rob Roy, Colonel Blood, George Ransley, Deacon Brodie, Blackbeard and Dick Turpin. Nancy Sorrell also appeared in some episodes.

continuing in this vein, Vic Reeves’ Pirates was shown on ITV West, and subsequently on the History Channel in 2007. In 2007, Reeves hosted a show called Vic Reeves Investigates: Jack the Ripper. Reeves, with the help of historians and leading experts, tried to discover who Jack the Ripper was. At the end of the show, he came to the conclusion that Jack the Ripper was Francis Tumblety. He was the main presenter of Brainiac: Science Abuse during the fifth and sixth series, replacing Richard Hammond, who quit the show. The series began on 8 May 2007.Beginning in June 2007, Reeves presented a BBC Radio 2 panel game called Does the Team Think?. In late 2007, Reeves appeared in a weekly radio-based sketch show on BBC Radio 2, entitled Vic Reeves’ House Arrest. The first episode was broadcast on 17 November 2007 and the series ran for six episodes. The show’s premise was that Reeves had been put under house arrest for “a crime he didn’t commit”, and each episode consists of the various events that take place in and around his house on a particular day. Reeves’ comedy partner Bob Mortimer plays his housecall-making hairdresser, Carl, while other performers include The Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding as a local vagrant who comes to Reeves’ door on a weekly basis looking for work, and Reeves’ wife Nancy Sorrell in multiple roles. On 20 February 2008, Reeves appeared visibly disorientated onsttage at the BRIT Awards alongside Sharon Osborne, to present the “Mastercard British Album” award to winners, the Arctic Monkeys. He has stated that he was trying to read the autocue, and was pushed away by Osbourne whilst trying to do his job. He called Osbourne’s behaviour “unacceptable”. Planet Sound defended Reeves, saying “for the record” he was not drunk.

Moir also featured in one edition of a factual TV series for Five, Dangerous Adventures for Boys, based on the best-selling book written by Conn and Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Book for Boys. In February 2009, Reeves appeared as presenter of the first episode of My Brilliant Britain, one of the new television shows commissioned for UKTV People channel’s relaunch as Blighty on 25 August 2009, Reeves appeared as a guest on the BBC One programme The One Show alongside Bob Mortimer. Series 6 of Shooting Stars aired 2009 with Reeves returning as co-host with Mortimer, along with Ulrika Jonsson and Jack Dee as team captains. Reeves appeared as one of the guests in Reece Shearsmith’s Haunted House, Reeves also lends his voice to the Virgin Atlantic Airlines onboard safety video, alongside Dani Behr. In May 2011, Reeves commemorated the Royal Wedding by painting 100 plates bearing a picture he drew of William and Kate, with the slogan “Our future King and Queen, Bill and Cath.” He also painted a vase, which bore a shirtless William. In July 2011, Vic rejoined Bob for a selection of YouTube Improvised Comedy Sketches, in association with Foster’s – They released their “Afternoon Delight” clips every weekday afternoon in July. Reeves has also appeared without Mortimer on a number of British television shows, primarily game shows, poll programmes and charity telethons. Vic Reeves also sings the theme tune for Aardman Animation’s rather amusing television series Shaun the Sheep.

Jools Holland

English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenterJulian Miles “Jools” Holland, OBE, DL was born 24 January 1958. Holland was educated at Shooters Hill Grammar School, a former state grammar school on Red Lion Lane in Shooter’s Hill (near Woolwich), in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London, from which he was expelled for damaging a teacher’s Triumph Herald. Holland played as a session musician before finding fame, and his first studio session was with Wayne County & the Electric Chairs in 1976 on their track “Fuck Off”. Holland was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze, formed in March 1974, in which he played keyboards until 1981 and helped the band to achieve millions of record sales, before pursuing his solo career.

Holland’s first solo EP was Boogie Woogie ’78. He continued his solo career through the early 1980s, releasing an album and several singles between 1981 and 1984. He branched out into TV, co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. Holland achieved notoriety by inadvertently using the phrase “be there, or be an ungroovey fucker” in an early evening TV trailer, live across two channels, for the show, causing him to be suspended from the show for six weeks. He referred to this in his sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron. In 1983 Holland played an extended piano solo on The The’s re-recording of “Uncertain Smile” for the album Soul Mining. In 1985, Squeeze (which had continued in Holland’s absence through to 1982) unexpectedly regrouped including Holland as their keyboard player. Holland remained in the band until 1990, at which point, he again departed Squeeze to resume his solo career as a musician and a TV host.

In 1987, Holland formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which consisted of himself and Gilson Lavis from Squeeze. This gradually became the 18-piece Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Between 1988 and 1990 he performed and co-hosted along with David Sanborn during the two seasons of the music performance programme Sunday Night on NBC late-night television. Since 1992 he has presented the music programme Later… with Jools Holland, plus an annual New Year’s Eve Hootenanny. His work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine and Bono.

In 1996, Holland signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. Holland has a touring band, the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, which often includes singers Sam Brown and Ruby Turner and his younger brother, singer-songwriter and keyboard player, Christopher Holland. In January 2005 Holland and his band performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act of the Tsunami Relief Cardiff. In 2012, Holland performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London. Also in June 2012, he presented a programme about the popular songs of London on BBC Two.

Holland is also a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music. He also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra and also hosts the annuall Hootenannny on New Years Eve.