NTAs 2020: Viewers are left fuming after Mrs Brown’s Boys beats Fleabag to take home best comedy award

Viewers were left unimpressed when Mrs. Brown’s Boys beat out the likes of Fleabag, Sex Education, Derry Girls and Afterlife to take home the NTA for best comedy.

Brendan O’Carroll, 64, who plays Mrs. Brown, and his wife Jennifer Gibney, 55, who plays Cathy Brown, went on stage to accept the award at London’s 02 Arena.

But fans took to social media in droves, insisting the other shows in the category were more deserving of the award. 

Not happy: Viewers were left unimpressed when Mrs. Brown’s Boys beat out the likes of Fleabag, Sex Education, Derry Girls and Afterlife to take home the NTA for best comedy

One wrote: ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys beating Derry Girls and Fleabag at the National Television Awards is yet another example of why the British public shouldn’t be allowed to vote for things.’

Another said: ‘There are many mysterious in this mad world of ours. But how on earth Mrs Brown’s Boys wins a National Television Award is the most unexplained riddle of all of them.’ 

Another viewer weighed in, saying: ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys beating Derry Girls and Fleabag at the #NTAs showing that in Britain female led comedy is ok but only when a man does it.’

One viewer reacted to the win with: ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys just beat Fleabag and Derry Girls at the National Television Awards. Help me God.’ [sic] 

Response: Fans took to social media in droves, insisting the other shows in the category were more deserving of the award

Opinion: Other viewers felt Ricky Gervais’ Afterlife should have taken home the award 

Ricky Gervais, creator and star of Afterlife, weighed in on the reaction to Mrs Brown’s Boys win and called the people complaining about it ‘losers’.

He wrote: ‘What a f*****g bunch of losers. Congratulations to Mrs Brown’s Boys. Democracy always wins. 

‘Be nice in defeat and know that you are still the best fans in the world. Thanks to everyone who voted.’

Fleabag has been a hit at awards season this year with Phoebe Waller-Bridge receiving acclaim at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Emmys and the Golden Globes.  

Reaction: Many viewers insisted other shows were more deserving of the comedy award 

Speaking out: Ricky Gervais, creator and star of Afterlife, weighed in on the reaction to Mrs Brown’s Boys win and called the people complaining about it ‘losers’ 

Meanwhile, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly made history at the NTAs as they won the Best Presenter Award for the nineteenth year in a row.

As well as scooping the prize for Best Presenters, Ant and Dec were also presented the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award for I’m A Celebrity – which they dedicated to those who have battled the bush fires in Australia. 

Another big winner on the night was Jesy Nelson, who broke down in tears when she scooped a trophy in the Factual category for her documentary Odd One Out.

The Little Mix star admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ as she accepted the top prize for her heart-wrenching film, which focused on the bullying and trolling she endured since rising to fame.

Success: Fleabag has been a hit at awards season this year (Phoebe Waller Bridge pictured at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January) 

Peaky Blinders scooped the Best Drama award – and Best Dramatic Performance award for star Cillian Murphy – while Mrs Brown’s Boys took the gong for Comedy.

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hugged as they graciously took to the stage with the Strictly cast after winning Best Talent Show.

Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn took home the Serial Drama gong, delivering a stirring speech, dedicating it to her late grandfather.

The Impact Award was bestowed upon sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which returned this Christmas for a one-off special, attracting 18million viewers.

NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2020 – THE WINNERS

New Drama

Chernobyl [WINNER]

A Confession

Cleaning Up

Gentleman Jack

The Capture

Comedy

After Life

Fleabag

Derry Girls

Sex Education

Mrs Brown’s Boys [WINNER]

TV Presenter

Ant and Dec [WINNER]

Graham Norton

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby 

Phillip Schofield 

Factual

Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out [WINNER]

Ambulance

Gogglebox

Paul O’ Grady: For The Love of Dogs

Gordon, Gino and Fred Road Trip 

Drama

Line Of Duty

Peaky Blinders [WINNER]

Call The Midwife

Killing Eve

Casualty

Challenge Show

Love Island 

The Circle 

The Apprentice 

MasterChef

The Great British Bake Off [WINNER]

Live Magazine Show

This Morning [WINNER]

Loose Women

Good Morning Britain

Sunday Brunch  

Drama Performance

Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) [WINNER]

Idris Elba (Luther)

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)

Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack)

Michael Stevenson (Casualty)

TV Judge

David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent) [WINNER]

Simon Cowell (BGT/ X Factor)

Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK)

will.i.am (The Voice UK/The Voice Kids)

RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race UK)

Serial Drama Performance 

Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street) [WINNER]

Danny Dyer (Mick Carter in EastEnders)

Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale)

Gregory Finnegan (James Nightingale in Hollyoaks) 

Serial Drama

EastEnders

Coronation Street

Emmerdale [WINNER]

Hollyoaks 

Talent Show 

Strictly Come Dancing [WINNER]

Britain’s Got Talent 

Dancing On Ice

The Voice UK 

Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

I’m A Celebrity [WINNER]

The Graham Norton Show

The Chase

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK 

Newcomer

Jurrell Carter (Nate Robinson in Emmerdale)

Peter Ash (Paul Foreman in Coronation Street) [WINNER]

Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell in EastEnders)

Imran Adams (Mitchell Deveraux in Hollyoaks) 

 

 

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