Graham Norton, who has done the commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK since 2009, was given a Special Recognition award at the National Television Awards that were held in London last night, 25 January 2017.
Graham took over from legendary Eurovision commentator Terry Wogan, who was the voice of Eurovision in the UK from 1980 to 2008. He also co-hosted the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits show that took place in London in 2015 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the contest. He has this own chat show, The Graham Norton show, which has been on the air since 2007, and prior to that fronted various talk shows shows such as So Graham Norton, V Graham Norton and The Graham Norton Effect.
On winning his award he said
“Thanks so much to the NTAs for this. I don’t quite know what to say because legions of people have worked on the show over the years…
“To keep a show on the air for that long isn’t that easy, and in my case it’s sort of a miracle. I’m not the funniest, I’m not the hardest worker, but I am the luckiest.”
The award was announced with a video montage featuring celebrities such as Will Smith, Helen Mirren and Judi Dench.