NTAs 2020: Viewers are left fuming after Mrs Brown’s Boys beats Fleabag to take home best comedy award
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Viewers were left unimpressed when Mrs. Brown’s Boys beat out the likes of Fleabag, Sex Education, Derry Girls and Afterlife to take home the NTA for best comedy.
Brendan O’Carroll, 64, who plays Mrs. Brown, and his wife Jennifer Gibney, 55, who plays Cathy Brown, went on stage to accept the award at London‘s 02 Arena.
But fans took to social media in droves, insisting the other shows in the category were more deserving of the award.
Not happy: Viewers were left unimpressed when Mrs. Brown’s Boys beat out the likes of Fleabag, Sex Education, Derry Girls and Afterlife to take home the NTA for best comedy
One wrote: ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys beating Derry Girls and Fleabag at the National Television Awards is yet another example of why the British public shouldn’t be allowed to vote for things.’
Another said: ‘There are many mysterious in this mad world of ours. But how on earth Mrs Brown’s Boys wins a National Television Award is the most unexplained riddle of all of them.’
Another viewer weighed in, saying: ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys beating Derry Girls and Fleabag at the #NTAs showing that in Britain female led comedy is ok but only when a man does it.’
One viewer reacted to the win with: ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys just beat Fleabag and Derry Girls at the National Television Awards. Help me God.’ [sic]
Response: Fans took to social media in droves, insisting the other shows in the category were more deserving of the award
Opinion: Other viewers felt Ricky Gervais’ Afterlife should have taken home the award
Ricky Gervais, creator and star of Afterlife, weighed in on the reaction to Mrs Brown’s Boys win and called the people complaining about it ‘losers’.
He wrote: ‘What a f*****g bunch of losers. Congratulations to Mrs Brown’s Boys. Democracy always wins.
‘Be nice in defeat and know that you are still the best fans in the world. Thanks to everyone who voted.’
Fleabag has been a hit at awards season this year with Phoebe Waller-Bridge receiving acclaim at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Emmys and the Golden Globes.
Reaction: Many viewers insisted other shows were more deserving of the comedy award
Speaking out: Ricky Gervais, creator and star of Afterlife, weighed in on the reaction to Mrs Brown’s Boys win and called the people complaining about it ‘losers’
Meanwhile, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly made history at the NTAs as they won the Best Presenter Award for the nineteenth year in a row.
As well as scooping the prize for Best Presenters, Ant and Dec were also presented the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award for I’m A Celebrity – which they dedicated to those who have battled the bush fires in Australia.
Another big winner on the night was Jesy Nelson, who broke down in tears when she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out.
The Little Mix star admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ as she accepted the top prize for her heart-wrenching film, which focused on the bullying and trolling she endured since rising to fame.
Success: Fleabag has been a hit at awards season this year (Phoebe Waller Bridge pictured at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January)
Peaky Blinders scooped the Best Drama award – and Best Dramatic Performance award for star Cillian Murphy – while Mrs Brown’s Boys took the gong for Comedy.
Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hugged as they graciously took to the stage with the Strictly cast after winning Best Talent Show.
Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn took home the Serial Drama gong, delivering a stirring speech, dedicating it to her late grandfather.
The Impact Award was bestowed upon sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which returned this Christmas for a one-off special, attracting 18million viewers.
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2020 – THE WINNERS
Mrs Brown’s Boys [WINNER]
Ant and Dec [WINNER]
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out [WINNER]
Paul O’ Grady: For The Love of Dogs
Gordon, Gino and Fred Road Trip
Line Of Duty
Peaky Blinders [WINNER]
Call The Midwife
The Great British Bake Off [WINNER]
Live Magazine Show
This Morning [WINNER]
Good Morning Britain
Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) [WINNER]
Idris Elba (Luther)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack)
Michael Stevenson (Casualty)
David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent) [WINNER]
Simon Cowell (BGT/ X Factor)
Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK)
will.i.am (The Voice UK/The Voice Kids)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)
Serial Drama Performance
Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street) [WINNER]
Danny Dyer (Mick Carter in EastEnders)
Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale)
Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale in Hollyoaks)
Strictly Come Dancing [WINNER]
Britain’s Got Talent
Dancing On Ice
The Voice UK
Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
I’m A Celebrity [WINNER]
The Graham Norton Show
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Jurrell Carter (Nate Robinson in Emmerdale)
Peter Ash (Paul Foreman in Coronation Street) [WINNER]
Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell in EastEnders)
Imran Adams (Mitchell Deveraux in Hollyoaks)