Sir Trevor McDonald delivers poignant NTAs speech celebrating British TV

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Broadcasting legend Sir Trevor McDonald left viewers on the verge of tears after delivering a poignant speech before a montage of the year’s best TV at this year’s NTAs.

Not long into the show, it was of course time to pay tribute to all the amazing TV which was broadcast this year.

It seemed there was only one person who could do it justice with Sir Trevor himself coming out to do so, accompanied by the song Wake Up by Arcade Fire.

He went on to remind those at home of what a fantastic year of TV there had been despite the Covid pandemic.

Sir Trevor said: ‘Ladies and gentleman, television can bring us together like no other medium and over the past 20 months, we have never needed it more.

‘When we were separated and locked down, television connected us. It kept us informed, it kept us entertained, it provided essential company.

‘It provided comfort, camaraderie, raising Britain’s morale and lifting all our spirits.

‘At momentous events, millions of us gathered around our television sets to share those moments together, in good news, bad news must-see dramas or talking point events – television truly united us,’ said the broadcaster.

‘I love Sir Trevor McDonald so much the nations sweetheart #NTAs,’ shared one viewer on Twitter.

Another said: ‘#NTAs Trevor McDonald is an absolute LEGEND.’

A third commented: ‘Trevor McDonald is like David Attenborough! Need to put them in bubble and protect them at all cost!! #NTAs.’

‘Well said Trevor have been saying for months what would we have all done without TV production & broadcasting, entertainment, comedians, news etc throughout the pandemic.  They have been amazing keeping the productions going, hard work. Time to appreciate them. #NTAs #ntas2021,’ wrote another.

The first award of the night went to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with Ant and Dec going up to collect the award with last year’s campmates.

Ant said of last year’s show: ‘It was a real change to do it in Wales last year but it was absolutely brilliant.

The most prestigious award of the NTAs is the Special Recognition award, which has previously been awarded to individuals including Sir Michael Palin, Bruce Forsyth, Joanna Lumley and David Tennant.

This is the only award not voted on by the public, as it is presented by the British National Television Awards to the chosen recipient.

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