10 Things You Need to Know About… The National Television Awards

The National TV Awards are live this Wednesday and have become an institution in the 20 years they’ve been dished out. We check out some fascinating facts and figures about UK TV’s big night out…

1. A whopping 271 awards have been presented since the awards began in 1995. Lined up, they’d look like this:

2. EastEnders is the most award-winning television show with 28 wins including 10 awards for Most Popular Serial Drama.

3. No awards were presented in 2009, as the burgeoning event made the switch from the Royal Albert Hall to the O2 Arena.

4. The National Television Awards 2010 was the first primetime TV event to be broadcast live from the O2 Arena.

5. Three serving Prime Ministers have presented awards: Tony Blair in 2003, Gordon Brown in 2004 and David Cameron in 2012.

6. Sam Aston is the youngest winner of an award, winning Best Newcomer in 2004 at the age of just 10 for his role as Chesney in Coronation Street.

7. The first ever award was presented to Robson Green & Jerome Flynn for Soldier, Soldier, which won Best Drama Series in 1995.

8. This year will be Dermot O’Leary’s fifth ceremony as host. He’ll need to host another eight ceremonies to match Sir Trevor McDonald’s record in charge.

9. Ant & Dec have won the Entertainment Presenters Award a staggering 13 times in a row. Can they do it again? Well, you wouldn’t want to be nominated against them.

10. A whopping 14 million viewers tuned in to see Judy Finnigan reveal a little more than she was expecting at the 2000 ceremony!

Watch the National TV Awards on Wednesday on ITV from 7.30pm on ITV.