The nominations for the National Television Awards have been announced and confirm how out of touch I am in terms of my own viewing pleasure.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate are competing for the outstanding drama award for their roles as the Doctor and his sidekick Donna in the last series of Dr Who.

I find this surprising as I felt this last outing of the time travelling Doctor was by far the weakest since it returned to our screens under the control of Russell T Davies and his team. It often felt like this series was treading water whilst major changes were being planned – Russell T standing aside to allow someone else to take the reigns and probably a new incarnation for the Doctor.

And the weakest link in this stumbling series was Donna. Far too often the script and the acting veered too close to the Catherine Tate Show and the result was a mess.

Elsewhere, the likes of X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Top Gear, Saturday Night Takeaway, Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, The Paul O’Grady Show and the soaps Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks get nominations.

I have no interest in any of these shows. Fair enough, I thought, it does not really matter in the grand scheme of things.

But then I read comments by Sir Trevor McDonald, host of the Awards, and started to feel a bit miffed. 

“The variety of nominees this year shows the remarkable range and diversity of the programmes and performers we all love to watch,” he claimed. “The NTAs provide a unique opportunity for the industry to gauge public opinion and it will be a huge night for all of us who love great TV.”

No they aren’t and no they don’t.

Where exactly is the variety and diversity in these nominations?

If this represents the typical diet for those of us who “love great TV”, then we really have hit rock bottom.

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