Roy The Boy looks at the BAFTAs and thinks Ant McParlan's antics paves the way for Michael McIntyre to scoop the reward.
Will Ant’s crash cost a Saturday Night BAFTA?
Ladbrokes have taken the bold step to create a market on the recipient of the 2018 BAFTA for ‘Best Entertainment Performance’. Doubtlessly attempting to generate some headlines the fabled bookmaker is making Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway their 8/11 favourite.
This seems a crazy price given the negative headlines Ant McPartlin has given the show courtesy of his car crash and subsequent charge of drink-driving. But there is no such thing as bad publicity and when Declan Donnelly was forced to present the latest episode of Saturday Night Takeaway by himself, it was one of the most watched episodes of the show ever.
The public have come out in sympathy for the 42-year-old Ant McPartlin but there is no guarantee BAFTA voters will feel the same and it is well worth looking at the three other TV shows that have been nominated for this particular BAFTA which will be awarded on May 13 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Britain’s Got Talent
Britain’s Got Talent is Ladbrokes 7/2 second favourite. Returning to our screens in mid-April for a 12th series it is ironic that Ant & Dec present the show. They certainly will during the pre-recorded stages of the 2018 competition which are already complete but it’s unlikely the pair will in place for the live shows later in the year.
Anyway, Britain’s Got Talent has never been nominated for this award before so it is hard to judge how it will fare. It is a viable winner and an attractive proposition at 7/2 but the connection with McPartlin means it is as likely to bomb as it is to sweep up.
Michael McIntyre's Big Show a big price at 5/1
Michael McIntyre's Big Show collected this award least year beating off three rivals none of whom have been nominated this time around. It has gone down well with viewers and will have its fourth series in late 2018.
Averaging almost seven million viewers per-show, this program could easily be the fifth back-to-back winner of this award since 2007, following in the footsteps of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2006-2007), Harry Hills TV Burp (2008-2009), The Graham Norton Show (2011-2012) and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2014-2015).
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Finally Ladbrokes go 5/1 about The Voice, it’s a price which holds little appeal. The BBC has seen its show’s viewing figures gradually decrease since this ‘bought-in’ franchised show made its debut in 2012. If it was likely to win this award it would have probably been nominated before now and its cause is not helped by a revolving door of judges.