Celebs gather in London for 2020 TRIC Awards

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inners of the 51st TRIC Awards were announced at a star-studded

ceremony in London last month. The glamorous Awards event – hosted this year by TRIC President, Lorraine Kelly – celebrates the nation’s favourite TV and radio programmes and personalities, all voted for by the public over a month period at the start of the year. Hundreds of stars filled The Great Room at Grosvenor House on Park Lane to find out who would walk away with a prestigious TRIC gong. Ant & Dec were named as best TV Personalities, although they were not able to collect their award in person. There were a few other absentees on the day due to the growing concern around Coronavirus at the time. BBC Radio 1’s Greg James picked up the award for Radio Personality for the second year in a row, while the best Radio Programme went to Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp, also doing the double this year. Elsewhere, following the show’s much anticipated one-off comeback at Christmas, Gavin & Stacey was awarded the trophy for Entertainment

Programme with a huge roar and long applause from the audience as Ruth Jones (co-writer and who plays the character of Nessa), Alison Steadman (Pam) and Melanie Walters (Gwen) headed up on stage. “Well what can I say, but to thank Ruth and James [Corden, co-creator, who also plays Smithy] for writing this amazing programme,” said Alison Steadman. “It’s been an absolute joy. When we heard there was going to be a Christmas special, it was the best thing! How I kept it a secret I’ll never know! Thank you for this award.” The cast of Strictly Come

Dancing waltzed onto the stage to collect their award for Reality Programme, while Coronation Street won Soap of the Year, A League Of Their Own was named best Sports Programme, The Great British Bake Off won in the Food Programme category and winner of Daytime Programme was This Morning. Other winners included Fiona Bruce, who won best News Presenter. On stage she said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s been quite a year news-wise and of course Question Time was a big thing to take over from the great David Dimbleby – obviously I was hugely honoured to do that. It was the most terrifying thing I’ve done!” Kellie Bright was awarded the

trophy for Soap Actor for her role in BBC 1’s EastEnders (her on-screen husband, Danny Dyer, won this award last year), and winning in the TV Judge category was David Walliams.

Meanwhile, in the hotly contested Drama Programme category, Killing Eve beat off stiff competition to pick up the award, Factual Programme went to Blue Planet Live, Line of Duty won best Crime Programme, The Crown was named best Streamed Programme, and Podcast of the Year went to BBC 5 Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast. Finally, this year’s TRIC Special

Award went to Newsnight following the incredible BBC investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein scandal and the Emily Maitlis interview with Prince Andrew.

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