The 10 Must-See Moments From The National Television Awards 2020

With 2020 marking the 25th anniversary of the National Television Awards, the pressure was on to make it one to remember. 

And while it wasn’t always for the right reasons, people were certainly talking about the event on Tuesday night. 

But if the thought of sitting through two-and-a-half hours of famous types slapping each other on the back was a little too much, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

From touching speeches, to surprise appearances and unfortunate jokes, here’s the things you need to see...

David Walliams’ opening sketch

 

Something tells us David Walliams is going to have some explaining to do when he heads back into work on Britain’s Got Talent later this week. 

The new NTAs host transformed into his fellow judges for his opening skit, and let’s just say we don’t think they will be too thrilled with the result – although we must admit, David nailed Alesha Dixon’s laugh. 

Laurence Fox gets booed

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Having made a rather controversial name for himself in the last few weeks, the NTAs audience let Laurence Fox know exactly what they though of him when they booed a mention of his name during one of David’s links. 

The presenter said: “You guys are the real stars by which I mean you are miles away from earth. Without you, us lot down here would be nothing. I mean, I would be fine – I have got my best-selling children’s books. But these people, their diaries would be emptier than Laurence Fox’s.”

Curtis Pritchard has an awkward moment

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Our toes properly curled with Love Island star Curtis Pritchard was forced to watch one of his most infamous moments from the villa.

The ITV2 reality show had been nominated for Best Challenge Show and as the nominations were read out, we relived the moment Amy Hart found out Curtis’ eyes had wandered. 

The camera then cut to him and current girlfriend Maura Higgins in the audience, and their pained smiles said it all. 

Jesy Nelson gets emotional

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The Little Mix singer was reduced to tears as she won Best Factual for her BBC Three documentary Odd One Out, in which she opened up about the abuse she has faced since appearing on The X Factor in 2011 at the hands of internet trolls, which drove her to attempt suicide. 

Jesy became emotional as she began to make her speech, in which she paid tribute to her boyfriend, Love Island star Chris Hughes

“This is so overwhelming. I’m such a baby. Thank you so much,” she said. 

Nessa has a flirt with Tom Jones

Having been the most-watched show of the last decade with a whopping 18.5 million viewers, it was only right Gavin & Stacey was honoured with a special Impact award on the night. 

What we weren’t expecting though, was to see Ruth Jones, aka Nessa, having a little flirt with Sir Tom Jones, with whom the character is said to have history with on the show. 

“You never write, you never call!” she joked. “There’s still a lot of electricity between me and Sir Tom, and don’t you knows it!”

Judy Finnigan returns to the scene of the crime

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This year marks 20 years since Judy’s infamous appearance at the NTAs, during which she made an acceptance speech for This Morning completely unaware that her bra was on display. 

Returning to the stage to present the award for Best Live Magazine Show (which subsequently went to This Morning) alongside husband Richard Madeley, Judy joked: “It is nice to be back with all my clothes on this time.”

Actual Ross from Friends presents an award

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Without wishing to sound unkind, the NTAs doesn’t always pull it out of the bag when it comes to finding people to present each award. 

However, that was not the case this year, as not only had they secured Caitlyn Jenner, but actual Ross from Friends

Of course, David being buddies with David Schwimmer, he couldn’t help but make a few digs at him, and after Schwimmer plugged his new Sky comedy Intelligence, Walliams quipped: “I’m sure both of Sky’s viewers will enjoy it.”

Michelle Visage still isn’t over being voted off Strictly

Michelle Visage at the NTAs (Photo: ITV)

Speaking of awards presenters, Michelle Visage and the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK sashayed their way onto the stage to hand out a gong – an opportunity Michelle used to make one last dig about being prematurely voted off last year’s Strictly

After being met with a rapturous round of applause, she joked: “Where were all of you clapping when I Vogued on television?”.

Indeed. 

Michael Palin pays touching tribute to Terry Jones

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Sir Michael Palin paid tribute to his late Monty Python co-star Terry Jones, who died last week, as he accepted the special recognition award.

“I want to dedicate this award tonight to someone who taught me more about television than anyone else, my dear friend and erstwhile Python, Terry Jones,” he said.

“Anyone who knows or has worked with Terry will have been infected with his infectious and extraordinary enthusiasm. Terry always worked to get something right. He had a certain skill in being very ruthless but also charming at the same time.”

David Walliams makes ill-judged Caroline Flack joke

David was booed by the crowd after making a quip about Caroline Flack, who is currently awaiting trial after being charged with assaulting her boyfriend last month. 

After he thanked Joel Dommett, who appeared on stage with Hedgehog from The Masked Singer to present Best Serial Drama, David said: “So nice to see Caroline Flack back on TV as well.”

It was somewhat unclear whether David was referencing Hedgehog or indeed a clip from Emmerdale that was played as the nominations were read out, which featured a fight, but his comment was met negatively. 

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Ruth Jones (left) and Rob Brydon during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena.

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Emma Willis and Claudia Winkleman attending the National Television Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Vernon Kay and Tess Daly attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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Holly Willoughby during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Sum Ting Wong, Scaredy Kat, Blu Hydrangea, Cheryl Hole, Crystal and Gothy Kendoll of RuPaul's Drag Race attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: (L to R) Gorka Marquez, Aljaz Skorjanec, Nadiya Bychkova, Giovanni Pernice and Anton du Beke attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Davina McCall attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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Susanna Reid attending the National Television Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS

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Jesy Nelson during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena.

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Danny Dyer and Joanne Mas attending the National Television Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Suranne Jones attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Laura Whitmore attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Rochelle Humes attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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Michelle Visage during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena.

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Caitlyn Jenner attending the National Television Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: The Vivienne attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Roman Kemp attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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Curtis Pritchard and Maura Higgins during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Joel Dommett and Hannah Cooper attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Trisha Goddard attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Anna Friel attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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Joanna Page during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Jack Fincham attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: (L to R) Georgia May Foote, Denise van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Lydia Bright and Kara Tointon attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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Stephanie Lowe and Phillip Schofield (right) during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland and Jamie-Lee O'Donnell attending the National Television Awards 2020 held at the O2 Arena, London.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Karen Barber and Christopher Dean attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: John Barrowman attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Jane Fallon and Ricky Gervais attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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