Staged and After Life win I Talk Telly Awards

Sunday 6th December 2020, 10:35am

Staged. Image shows from L to R: David (David Tennant), Michael (Michael Sheen). Copyright: BBC / Simon Ridgeway.

Staged starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, and Ricky Gervais comedy After Life, have both won two awards each in the I Talk Telly Awards 2020.

Staged, the BBC One sitcom created over Zoom as coronavirus lockdown occurred, picked up the Best New Comedy title in the awards, which are decided by a public vote.

The format - which stars Tennant and Sheen, their partners Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg, and director Simon Evans, is due to return for a second series.

The other new comedies nominated in the category were Breeders, Code 404, The Duchess, Feel Good, King Gary, Mandy and Trying.

The lead actors also won in the Best Comedy Partnership category.

Georgia, David and Michael filmed videos to accept the awards:

After Life. Tony (Ricky Gervais). Copyright: Derek Productions.

After Life, the Netflix comedy written by and starring Ricky Gervais, won Best Returning Comedy for a second year running. Fans also voted the star's portrayal of widowed Tony as Best Comedy Performance. Gervais is currently working on the third series of the hit show.

Friday Night Dinner, Gavin & Stacey, Ghosts, Home, Inside No. 9, Man Like Mobeen and This Country were the other series nominated in the Best Returning Comedy category.

Elsewhere in the awards, Mo Gilligan: Black British & Funny claimed the Best Documentary label.

David Tennant also received the Best Dramatic Performance award for his portrayal of serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV's Des, which was named Best New Drama.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway was voted as Best Entertainment Show.

As revealed on Tuesday's Loose Women, the awards' Best Breakthrough title went to comedian and presenter Judi Love.

The awards are organised by television blogger Elliot Gonzalez. He explains: "Voting for the sixth annual I Talk Telly Awards took place across two weeks in November, where a record-breaking 500,000 votes were cast, making it the biggest awards yet - in a year where we've never needed television more."

The full list of results across all categories can be seen via italktelly.com


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