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Line of Duty EXCLUSIVE: Nigel Boyle admits he asked if ending would be changed due to controversy

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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

 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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

Challenge Show 

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Love Island

WINNER: The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama

Bridgerton

Des

WINNER: It’s A Sin

Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize 

Authored Documentary

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

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

WINNER: Line of Duty

The Crown

Unforgotten

TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

WINNER: Ant and Dec

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Piers Morgan

Factual

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

WINNER: Gogglebox

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

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!

Taskmaster

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

Serial Drama

WINNER: Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

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

Celebrity Catchphrase

In For A Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Newcomer

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

Daytime

Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

WINNER: This Morning

Comedy

WINNER: After Life

Friday Night Dinner

Sex Education

The Vicar of Dibley

 

 

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