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11 September 2018

TV Choice Awards 2018: Peaky Blinders and Emmerdale snatch two trophies as Benidorm bows out in style

The stars were out in force on the red carpet at The Dorchester on Park Lane last night, for the event that is one of the highlights of the showbiz calendar. The TV Choice Awards 2018 celebrated the best of the last twelve months in TV. And the glitzy ceremony saw some of Britain’s biggest celebrity names scoop the coveted trophies, as voted by the British viewing public.

As the Awards celebrated its 22nd year of honouring TV’s best stars and shows we welcomed back Pointless brainbox Richard Osman for a second stint as our host for the night.

For a number of TV favourites tonight meant another TVChoice award for the trophy cabinet – as Call The Midwife, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! added to their haul, along with This Morning, celebrating another victory as they prepare to celebrate the show’s 30th birthday next month. Meanwhile there was a second trip to the winner’s podium for DIY SOS: The Big Build and C4’s Sunday Brunch. And while Benidorm has also tasted victory before, this year’s prize was especially sweet, as it was for the hit comedy’s tenth and final series.

There’s always a tough battle in the drama categories, and this year the BBC’s stylish gangland drama Peaky Blinders finally triumphed with its fourth series, landing the Best Drama prize and Best Actor for Cillian Murphy. However this wasn’t a first win for our Best Actress. Michelle Keegan scooped the prize for her military drama Our Girl, having previously landed a TVChoice Award for Best Soap Newcomer. 

Undoubtedly ITV’s Liar, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt was one of the year’s most talked-about shows and our readers gave it the stamp of approval in the form of our Best New Drama award.

Having swept the board in the soap categories last year, Emmerdale still has plenty to celebrate, as Emma Atkins and Ned Porteous were honoured. But their rivals didn’t go home empty-handed, as EastEnders’ Danny Dyer was again named Best Soap Actor while Coronation Street takes the Best Soap trophy back to Manchester. 

Full list of winners and presenters are detailed below.

For further details please contact:  IJPR on 020 7836 3030.





Best Soap


Coronation Street


Nicholas Parsons


Best New Drama



Siobhan Finneran


Best Drama Series


Peaky Blinders

Charles Venn & Dr Ranj

Best Actor


Cillian Murphy, Peaky Blinders


Caroline Catz


Best Actress


Michelle Keegan, Our Girl

Stephen Tompkinson


Best Family Drama


Call The Midwife

Don Gilet & Julia Bradbury


Best Reality Show


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

  Gethin Jones & Gemma Atkinson


Best Talent Show


Strictly Come Dancing

Hugh Dennis


Best Entertainment Show


Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Andrea McLean & Linda Robson


Best Lifestyle Show


DIY SOS: The Big Build

Rebecca Front


Best Daytime Show


This Morning

Keith Lemon & Paddy McGuinness


Best Food Show


Sunday Brunch

Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins


Best Factual Show


Blue Planet II

Ryan Hawley & Fiona Wade


Best Comedy



Anne Hegerty, The Chase


Best Soap Actor


Danny Dyer, EastEnders

Kelly Brook & Lisa Snowdon


Best Soap Actress


Emma Atkins, Emmerdale

Matthew Wright


Best Soap Newcomer


Ned Porteous, Emmerdale

Sunetra Sarker and Jo Joyner



Photo credit: Nicky Johnson/TV Choice

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