Lancs celebrities celebrate after National Television Award wins

Lancashire celebrities celebrate after the shows they starred in or helped create National Television Awards.

Gogglebox stars from Blackpool and an award-winning producer from Nelson were just some of the famous faces putting Lancashire on the map at the ITV Awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday night (October 13).

The ceremony, hosted by comedian Joel Dommett, featured performances by Sam Ryder and Lewis Capaldi.

The King also sent a special message at the ceremony to the cast and crew of Emmerdale on their 50th anniversary, and a special tribute was paid to the late Queen.

Best New Drama went to ITV thriller Trigger Point, which was produced by Nelson’s Jed Mercurio.

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway, Jed Mercurio (Ian West/PA) and Sophie and Pete Sandiford (Channel 4/Instagram, @sophiesandiford1)Jed Mercurio, of Nelson. (Photo: Ian West/PA)

The series, which focuses on Expo agents who risk their lives daily on “the long march” to danger, has won critical and public acclaim.

Earlier this year, Trigger Point was renewed for a second series.

Jed Mercurio said, “Everyone at HTM Television is thrilled with the success of Trigger Point.

“Thank you to all of our brilliant cast and crew and especially to the viewers who watched in such huge numbers.

“We received unwavering support from ITV throughout production and are delighted to have been commissioned for a second series.”

Best factual entertainment show when on the Channel 4 series, Gogglebox.

Two of the show’s stars, Sophie and Pete Sandiford, are from Blackpool and thanked fans who voted.

Sophie said: “Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Gogglebox to win at this year’s NTAs”

Best auteur documentary went to Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek, which explores the life of Chorley-born Derek Draper, who was critically ill in hospital with Covid-19.

The series, which follows the 2021 series Finding Derek, follows Derek and his family as they continue to struggle with the long-term effects of the virus.

Blackburn’s AJ Odudu presented the Rising Star award to Paddy Bever, who plays Max Turner in Coronation Street.

She hit the track in a black outfit with her own golden cape.

Burnley BBC Radio 1 DJ also walked the red carpet, dressed in an M&S suit.

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway, Jed Mercurio (Ian West/PA) and Sophie and Pete Sandiford (Channel 4/Instagram, @sophiesandiford1)Jordan North (Photo: Instagram/@jordannorth1)

Westholme School alumnus Helen Flanagan was also dressed to impress at the awards show in a maroon dress.

Derek Draper and Kate Garraway, Jed Mercurio (Ian West/PA) and Sophie and Pete Sandiford (Channel 4/Instagram, @sophiesandiford1)Charile, Helen Flanagan’s son, as they buy the NTAs. (Photo: Instagram/@hjgflanagan)

The mum-of-three had to ‘shop around’ before the hand in order to get a ‘mum’s bra’ ahead of the ceremony.

She said: “Run quickly to M&S this morning to get a mummy bra for the NTAs.

“None of my bras fit anymore, Charlie ran them out.”

You can watch the NTAs on the ITV hub.

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