With the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s TV Choice Awards, it’s only fair that On The Box throws in its two cents for who’ll walk away with the top prizes. But the tricky thing about these awards is the fact that viewers decide the outcome. So bearing that in mind, we’ve had to look at what’s popular, rather than what’s perhaps the best.
BBC One goes into this category with a 75% chance of walking away with the prize. Both Call The Midwife & Doctor Who rate hugely with audiences across the country, as does Downton. But out of those three, Doctor Who is most likely to win given its 50th anniversary, as well as the added hype of the oncoming twelfth Doctor. None the less, don’t rule out CTM & DA for a surprise win. I can’t see Waterloo Road making any surprises.
Predicted Winner – Doctor Who
Best New Drama
Broadchurch (ITV 1)
The Fall (BBC Two)
Mr Selfridge (ITV 1)
Ripper Street (BBC One)
The only real frontrunner in this category is Broadchurch. With massive ratings and huge success with critics and audiences alike, it’s bound to win this category with ease. The Fall may put up a solid fight for a steal, but it’s a long shot for sure.
Predicted Winner – Broadchurch
Best Daytime Show
The Chase (ITV 1)
The Jeremy Kyle Show (ITV 1)
Pointless (BBC One)
This Morning (ITV 1)
Whilst ITV had a disadvantage in Best Drama, they do have the advantage in Best Daytime Show. This Morning may be able to win, given that they promote these award shows very well. But Pointless & The Chase have spent most of 2012 & 2013 battling it out for daytime rating supremacy. Unless This Morning can really put themselves and their fellow shows forward, I reckon Pointless could beat the odds and walk away with the win.
Predicted Winner – Pointless
Best Factual Entertainment & Lifestyle Show
Embarrassing Bodies (Channel 4)
One Born Every Minute (Channel 4)
Paul O Grady: For The Love Of Dogs (ITV 1)
Top Gear (BBC Two)
Top Gear’s summer return will provide momentum for the show nearing the final vote. But Paul O Grady’s show has really been surprising many at awards ceremonies. I would put bets on that rather than the other three, as it’s a show with a strong following and has also done wonders for Paul O Grady’s career.
Predicted Winner – Paul O Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
Best Entertainment Show
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV 1)
Celebrity Juice (ITV 2)
The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three)
It’s really a two horse race between Ant & Dec & Graham Norton. Ant & Dec’s big return to Saturday night TV proved to be a huge success for the two – their old 90s song went number 1 by accident – and really revitalised what was a disappointing year by their standards. Norton however has also hit his high with more star studded guests on his chat show, as well as his continued run commenting on the Eurovision Song Contest. If I had to pick, I’d say Norton may just nick the prize, but only just.
Predicted Winner – The Graham Norton Show
Best Food Show
Choccywoccydoodah (Good Food)
Hairy Biker’s Best Of British (BBC Two)
Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (Channel 4)
Saturday Kitchen (BBC One)
I really don’t know much about the popularity of food shows. If I had to guess, I think Hairy Bikers might win here, but if Jamie still has any pulling power, he might secure a win here.
Predicted Winner – Hairy Biker’s Best Of British
Best Reality Show
24 Hours in A&E (Channel 4)
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (ITV 1)
Made In Chelsea (E4)
Peter Andre: My Life (ITV 2)
I reckon this will be another two horse race between Made In Chelsea & I’m A Celebrity. Celebrity has more fans, but could suffer from lacklustre support, compared to Chelsea’s legions of followers. I sense a Made in Chelsea win here.
Predicted Winner – Made In Chelsea
Best Comedy Series
Bad Education (BBC Three)
Miranda (BBC One)
Mrs Browns Boys (BBC One)
Not Going Out (BBC One)
An all BBC category, so the Beeb can breathe comfortably that one of their shows will win. It’s almost certain to be between Miranda & Mrs Brown’s Boys. Miranda might win given that it has new episodes, but Mrs Brown’s Boys has a movie in the works, which is bound to spark interest and lure in votes.
Predicted Winner – Miranda
Best Talent Show
Britain’s Got Talent (ITV 1)
The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two)
The Voice (BBC One)
The X Factor (ITV 1)
The Voice has no chance, given its declining ratings and the recent departure of Jessie J. Bake Off is a long shot, but not one to rule out. If anything, Britain’s Got Talent could be the clear favourite. The X Factor will have the momentum closer to the ceremony, but it’s a show declining in ratings, and is overall losing its mojo.
Predicted Winner – Britain’s Got Talent
Best International Show
The Big Bang Theory (E4)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Channel 5)
Game Of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)
The Walking Dead (FOX)
I don’t think there’s any question what show is going to win in this category.
Predicted Winner – Game Of Thrones
I think this is going to be David’s win. Matt might get some support as we approach the 50th, adding also the fact that he bows out of the role later in the year. But Broadchurch hit a real high with audiences, that I think it’s very unlikely that Matt will steal the prize.
Predicted Winner – David Tennant (Broadchurch)
Jenna Louise Coleman (Doctor Who) (BBC One)
Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) (ITV1)
Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife) (BBC One)
Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs) (ITV 1)
It’s a three way for this category: Coleman, Colman & Hart. It’s hard to call. Coleman has support literally around the world, but Colman & Hart have a support in a wider range of demographics. Yet the majority of voters are in their 20s. If I had to pick, I’d pick Coleman, but only just.
Predicted Winner – Jenna Louise Coleman (Doctor Who)
Best Soap Actor
Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs – Coronation Street) (ITV 1)
Shane Ritchie (Alfie Moon – EastEnders) (BBC One)
Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle – Emmerdale) (ITV 1)
Emmett J Scanlan (Brendan Brady – Hollyoaks) (Channel 4)
Hollyoaks fans will no doubt come out for Emmett in this category. But given his good record so far, Alan Halsall is likely to win here.
Predicted Winner – Alan Halsall – Coronation Street
Best Soap Actress
Michelle Keegan – Tina McIntyre – Coronation Street (ITV 1)
Charlie Brooks – Janine Butcher – EastEnders (BBC One)
Gillian Wright – Jean Slater – EastEnders (BBC One)
Clare Cooper – Jacqui McQueen – Hollyoaks (Channel 4)
No doubt this is a tough category. Keegan could likely win on popularity alone. But I wouldn’t rule out an upset from Clare or even maybe Gillian.
Predicted Winner – Michelle Keegan – Coronation Street
Best Soap Newcomer
Marc Baylis – Rob Donovan – Coronation Street (ITV 1)
Khali Best – Dexter Hartman – EastEnders (BBC One)
David Witts – Joey Branning – EastEnders (BBC One)
Laura Norton – Kerry Wyatt – Emmerdale (ITV 1)
Looking at the candidates, the only one I can see winning is David, given that he won a similar award at the beginning of the year.
Predicted Winner – David Witts – EastEnders
Coronation Street (ITV 1)
EastEnders (BBC One)
Emmerdale (ITV 1)
Hollyoaks (Channel 4)
A very difficult category to call. It really comes down to EE & CS. Hollyoaks could swing an upset, but its unlikely. I’d say Corrie will win by larger votes.
Predicted Winner – Coronation Street