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Last night, the people spoke – and confirmed the paradox that programmes honouring the best TV shows of the year will usually be among the worst programmes of the year

An American politician, defeated in an election, is famously supposed to have said in his concession speech: "The people have spoken – the bastards!" And this sentiment is frequently echoed among BBC and Channel 4 executives and professional TV critics after The National Television Awards (NTAs). Many distinguished television documentary-makers will surely be contemplating their career choices today following the revelation last night that Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs was the best factual film shown on TV last year.

The only major small-screen awards to be decided entirely by viewer voting, the NTAs were set up by ITV as a corrective to the perceived bias of the Bafta awards towards highbrow and BBC-produced TV. In this respect, the plan has spectacularly succeeded. »

- Mark Lawson

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