Call The Midwife proved to the the public’s favourite at the National Television Awards last night, winning the newly introduced category of ‘Best Period Drama’ despite fierce competition.
The award has been created after an intense year of top period dramas. Also nominated for the accolade was Poldark, Victoria, Stranger Things and Peaky Blinders. Many expected Poldark to scoop the top prize after it narrowly missed out on ‘Best New Drama’ last year, but in the viewer-voted decision, the long-running 1950s-set drama took the victory.
Call The Midwife made an impact for the short time that it returned to our screens in 2016, with series 5 airing between January and March 2016, before a quick return in a well-received Christmas special. The BBC renewed its production for a further three series last year and its popularity shows no sign of stopping.
In other period drama news from the NTAs, Cillian Murphy and Jenna Coleman were nominated for ‘Best Drama Performance’ in Peaky Blinders and Victoria respectively. Despite high hopes for both, Sarah Lancashire won the award in a landslide for her highly rated work in Happy Valley.
There was also a noticeable absence of accolades for the brilliant period dramas over Christmas, including To Walk Invisible, the Sally Wainwright drama around the lives of the Bronte sisters, and Agatha Christie adaptation, The Witness For The Prosecution. An earlier December cut-off date might have made these ineligible however, despite the high praise of critics at the time.
Watch an red carpet interview with the Call The Midwife cast after their award win, from the National Television Awards: