Readers have voted ABC political drama Total Control as their Favourite Aussie Drama of 2019.
Voters in the 13th TV Tonight Awards also selected Deborah Mailman as their Favourite Aussie Female -a first for the star.
Deborah Mailman said, “A massive thank you to TV Tonight readers.
“I’m thrilled to receive this recognition. I’m so proud of Total Control and given the strength of our Australian dramas and performances over the past year, this is a wonderful honour to be given. Thank you!”
Total Control beat off a strong first year by 10’s Five Bedrooms, which won Best New Aussie Show of 2019 and polled strongly in the Drama category. Both outranked Wentworth which has enjoyed a 4 year winning streak in this category.
Kat Stewart said, “I speak for all the cast in saying that we are thrilled that the discerning readers of TV Tonight have voted Five Bedrooms as Best New Show in 2019.
“In an increasingly challenging environment, it’s a joy to work with scripts from the killer partnership of Christine Bartlett and Michael Lucas. Their writing is brave, funny, full of heart, inclusive, progressive and fresh. A huge thanks to Hoodlum and 10 for making a show that we are all proud of. We love these characters and can’t wait to make Series 2 in 2020. Thank you TV Tonight!”
Utopia took out best Aussie Comedy while Shaun Micallef was again voted Favourite Male.
Chernobyl dominated the International category winning Best International Drama and Best International New Show of 2019.
There were new wins this year from Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, Bluey and The Front Bar.
Special mention must go to those shows that completely swamped their respective categories including Have You Been Paying Attention?, Australian Survivor, The Living Room, Bluey and Survivor (US) -the latter is still unbeaten in its category.
* denotes runaway winner
Best Aussie Drama: Total Control
Home & Away
Best International Drama: Chernobyl
Game of Thrones
Best Aussie Comedy: Utopia
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
(2018: Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell)
Best International Comedy: Fleabag
The Good Place
The Big Bang Theory
(2018: The Good Place)
Best Light Entertainment: Have You Been Paying Attention? *
The Front Bar
(2018: Have You Been Paying Attention?)
Best Aussie Reality: Australian Survivor *
The Amazing Race Australia
I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
Married at First Sight
(2018: Australian Survivor)
Best International Reality: Survivor *
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Love Island UK
The Great British Bake Off
Best Aussie Lifestyle: The Living Room *
Better Homes & Gardens
Selling Houses Australia
Love it or List it Australia
(2018: The Living Room)
Best Factual / Documentary / Observational: Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds
Gogglebox / Ambulance Australia
(2018: Ambulance Australia)
Best News / Current / Public Affairs: The Project
(2018: The Project)
Best Talk Show: Studio 10
Andrew Denton: Interview
(2018: Studio 10)
Best Kid’s Show: Bluey *
Giggle & Hoot
(2018: Play School)
Best Sports Show or Coverage: The Front Bar
AFL Grand Final
(2018: AFL Grand Final)
Best New Aussie Show of 2019: Five Bedrooms
The Masked Singer
(2018: Playing for Keeps)
Best New International Show of 2019: Chernobyl
Years & Years
Unbelievable / The Mandalorian
(2018: Killing Eve)
Favourite Aussie Male: Shaun Micallef
Hamish Blake / Dr. Chris Brown
(2018: Shaun Micallef)
Favourite Aussie Female: Deborah Mailman
(2018: Julia Morris)
Tomorrow: TV Tonight Awards: Worst of 2019