NTAs 2021: Line of Duty EXCLUSIVE ‘H’ actor Nigel Boyle reveals he asked if ending would be changed due to controversy – as the show bags TWO awards
Line Of Duty had a very successful night at the National Television Awards on Thursday night, bagging two awards – Special Recognition and Best Returning Drama.
And Nigel Boyle, who plays the iconic role of H in the hit police crime drama, revealed he asked if the ending would be changed due to the controversy it stirred among fans.
‘People still keep calling me H. I get it playing golf, walking down the street. It’s been a bit different.
NTAs 2021: Line of Duty EXCLUSIVE ‘H’ actor Nigel Boyle (third right) revealed he asked if ending would be changed due to controversy – amid the show bagging TWO awards on Thursday
‘I asked if they would change the ending because it was so controversial among fans,’ he admitted.
Executive producer Simon Heath added: ‘We wouldn’t change a word of the ending. There’s something interesting about a buffoon hiding in plain sight.’
Martin Compston, who takes on the role of Steve Arnott in the gripping drama, neither confirmed nor ruled out an additional series.
Joy: Martin Compston, who takes on the role of Steve Arnott in the gripping drama, neither confirmed nor ruled out an additional series
Success: Of the controversial ending, executive producer Simon Heath (right) said: ‘We wouldn’t change a word. There’s something interesting about a buffoon hiding in plain sight’
‘Jed [the director] will only come back if he believes there’s a story to tell. The show gets bigger as the audience gets bigger.
‘Jed Mercurio does everything for a reason. You all want us all back don’t you?’ he teased.
Both Jed and Vicky McClure – who plays Kate Fleming – couldn’t attend the ceremony due to prior filming commitments.
Yay! Line Of Duty had a very successful night and bagged two awards – Special Recognition and Best Returning Drama
But both took to their social media platforms to express their gratitude to fans of the show.
Jed penned on Twitter: ‘Thanks so much to all our fabulous fans who voted for #LineofDuty at the National TV Awards. We’re honoured to have been included alongside such outstanding nominees.
‘Sadly @Vicky_McClure and I are filming and couldn’t be there to celebrate with our brilliant AC-12 mates.’
To her 650,000 Instagram followers, Vicky wrote: ‘ [sic] THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! LOD fans, you truly are the best of the best!! ♥️ @mrmartincompston have a few for me mate! @officialntas @bbclineofduty’
Unable to be there: Director Jed Mercurio and Vicky McClure – Kate Fleming – couldn’t attend the ceremony due to prior filming commitments
Thankful: Both Jed and Vicky took to their social media platforms to express their gratitude to fans of the show
The award for Best Returning Drama was the show’s first NTA – and all eyes were on actor Tommy Jessop who played Terry Boyle in series five and six.
While the cast and crew took to the stage to accept the gong, Tommy, 36, sashayed his way up the steps, showing off some moves, with the crowd going wild for it.
Once on stage, Tommy continued to dance, swinging his hips and striking a muscle man pose on the ground, as the rest of the cast and crew watched on delightedly.
Busting a move: The award for Best Returning Drama was the show’s first NTA – and all eyes were on actor Tommy Jessop who played Terry Boyle in series five and six
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
WINNER: The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
WINNER: It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize
WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Katie Price: Harvey and Me
Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Rob Burrow: My Year With MND
Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency
Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek
Call the Midwife
WINNER: Line of Duty
WINNER: Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
WINNER: David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des
Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty
Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin
Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
You lose some, you win some! Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was up for a prize, but the duo’s other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! scooped the gong
WINNER: Coronation Street
Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
WINNER: Beat The Chasers
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong
The Repair Shop
WINNER: This Morning
WINNER: After Life
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley